• Charlie Taylor

An Appreciation Of Snoop Dogg


This is an article that is very relevant as it pertains to the moment in time I am writing. It's late at night, on the 23rd November. Today is the 25th anniversary of Snoop Dogg's debut Studio Album "DoggyStyle". It's also been a couple of days since Snoop was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. All these moments for Snoop has got me thinking about his legacy.

I just wanted to take a moment to appreciate Snoop for how iconic, how real and also how recognisable he is! Seriously. Who doesn't know Snoop Dogg? I haven't met anybody that can't name at least one Snoop track. You don't even have to be a Hip-Hop fan to know who Snoop is, he's one of the most accessible artists in the last 30 years.

So what is so great about Snoop? He has done so much that isn't Hip-Hop but is still considered one of the realest figures in music! You could make a case for Ice Cube managing to do the same but I don't think Cube can stretch as far as having a freaking cooking show with Martha Stewart. Who else can smoke up during the day, record some music and then go co-host a cooking show?

Snoop is the coolest MF ever. From a music standpoint, from day one, he has this slick and simply effortless way of rapping. He can spit at any speed and you still bop your head at a calm 60-65 HBPM. (That's Head Bops Per Minute. Let's see schools put that in maths exams.) The voice is unmistakable. You know who it is as soon as you hear him.

And let's get real for a second. It's a bit of a miracle that he has made it to the position he is in. Respected by every person in the game. Because in his youth, he faced not just a murder case and all the societal backlash to come with that, he was right in the middle on the most heated time in Hip-Hop history. He was on those Hip-Hop magazine covers with Pac & Suge Knight. One is dead, one is in and out of prison. Snoop has a star on the bloody Walk of Fame.

If you want to get hypothetical, he easily could've had the fates of the other two, that's just how it could have gone, especially in that charged era.

Snoop Dogg is in his late 40's and is still putting out great work. He has taken his brand to heights not many have gone. You could say it's cemented in stone as it pertains to Hip-Hop & American culture. Nobody puts this man in their Top 5 but he is universally recognised as an elite rapper with a timeless persona. He basically has invented his own damn vocabulary in the process! You may think he fell off or mentally cancelled him for going through that Snoop Lion phase. Or saw the Gospel album he did as corny. But as long as Snoop can talk, I believe he can do this for another 30 years. He's always had a boss verse in him.

He may have a spotty catalogue if you're looking at his career from the broadest of lenses, but are you really going to sit there and tell me that you wouldn't love to kick it with Snoop live for an hour & a half? Blasting his most popular tunes? Or you wouldn't love to spend a day with him? (Especially if you partake in the herb...) You'd get on that in a heartbeat. I certainly would.

Appreciate the legends while they're alive more.

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