Though hip-hop legends Ice Cube, Too $hort, E-40 and Snoop Dogg have spun the rotating wheel of collaboration for about 30 years, a full-length album from pioneering elder statesmen was an surprising, however welcome, growth. First teased in late 2020, NFT fans have been handled to the group’s official debut album, ‘Bad MFs’ in June of this yr, when the album was launched through blockchain. ‘Snoop, Dice, 40, $hort’ reads like a fleshed-out, retooled model of that; West Coast rap followers are serviced properly right here.
The LP opens with the Rick Rock-produced ‘California’. Sharing the third and last verse with Dice, Too $hort’s verbal volley of explosives overpower the potent kicks and snares: “And we ain’t throwin’ no indicators (oh god), only a clip and a 9 / One bullet to the pinnacle, put some shit in your thoughts”. However regardless of the brilliance proven early on, ‘Snoop, Dice, 40, $hort’ is restrained by its personal ambition, catering to the 4 emcees’ wants sparingly. ‘Have A Good Day’ sees Snoop open with Antarctic ranges of cool earlier than a stilted refrain by Dem Jointz and Jenn Em melts any momentum the reduce as soon as had.
Dr. Dre pops up for a welcome cameo on ‘Too Large’ and mid-album treasure ‘I Obtained Pull’ is nothing wanting G-Funk perfection. With a tempered bassline and liquid synths harking back to DJ Quik’s ‘Rhythm-al-ism’ and Warren G’s ‘Regulate… The G Funk Era’, spotlight ‘I Obtained Pull’ beams listeners right into a palm tree-covered, westside wanderlust as E-40 spits: “Get up man, get up / 40 right here with some brand-new recreation / Like I stated once I’m all up in her mind / She assume I’m a cloud, need me to make it rain”.
Awkwardly, ‘Up & Down’ is an unworthy successor. The tried “thug romance” quantity sees our 4 leads concoct a bitter and repetitive snooze-fest. “Nipples pokin’ out like missiles (missiles) / After I whisper in her ear / she get tickled”, rapped by E-40 comes throughout as juvenile. The document teeters on self-parody with ‘How Many’, a creatively skint membership document with sparse replay worth. Consequently, listeners might forged their minds again to $hort’s blazing membership anthem ‘Blow the Whistle’, Dice’s era-defining ‘Loss of life Certificates’ LP, Snoop’s funk-driven ‘Doggystyle’ and E-40’s thug autobiography ‘In a Main Approach’ for refreshment.
‘Snoop, Dice, 40, $hort’ isn’t fully devoid of reward; having to accommodate 4 distinct kinds and personalities is not any easy process. However whereas there are moments of brilliance, it’s clear there are too many cooks within the kitchen.
• Launch Date: December 9, 2022
•Report label: Mount Westmore LLC / MNRK Music Group