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R&G (Rythm & Gangsta) The Masterpiece
Artist
Snoop Dogg
ReleaseProduct
R&G (Rythm & Gangsta) The Masterpiece
Label
Universal Music Enterprises
Catalogue Number
5345765
Release Date
December 2013

This re-release of rapper Snoop Dogg’s 2004 album ‘R & G (Rhythm & Gangsta) The Masterpiece’ signals the record as every bit as important as its cocksure title suggests, in a lovely pressing from Universal Music Series. Lead single ‘Drop It Like Its Hot’ may seem a simple place to start, but Pharell’s production here is astonishing, with a precise mix of tactile clicks and strange synths, despite the track’s undeniably mainstream success.

Enlisting the help of Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson on ‘Signs’, the record demonstrates an endearing variety of influence which allows the gangsta themes of Snoop Dogg’s lyrics to remain palatable, as they don’t become overly obsessive. The crisp funk which characterises the album’s production reaches a particularly persuasive peak on ‘Ups & Downs’, where the Bee Gees contribute a classic disco grounding for drawling lyrics, but ‘Perfect’ is a close second, with Charlie Wilson once more injected funk-filled squeals. ‘R&G…’ captures a moment where gangsta rap and playful production married beautifully, and for fans and newcomers alike, it will be a pleasurable listen almost a decade after its release.

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  1. 1 (Intro) I Love To Give You Light 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  2. 2 Bang Out 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  3. 3 Drop It Like Its Hot 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  4. 4 Can I Get A Flicc Witchu/Every Dogg Has His Day 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  5. 5 Ups & Downs 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  6. 6 The Bidness 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  7. 7 Snoop D. O. Double G. 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  8. 8 Let's Get Blown 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  9. 9 Step Yo Game Up 0:30 Snoop Dogg
  10. 10 Perfect 0:30 Snoop Dogg
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