Album of the Week: Snoop Dogg 'Bush'
Mon, 18 May 2015 09:31:05
Cali's rap king gets funky and teams up with Pharrell for thirteenth opus.
Snoop Dogg unveils another classic with his thirteenth full-length studio outing, and our Album of the Week, BUSH [Doggystyle/I am OTHER/Columbia]. Where the new record works so well is its unabashed embrace of the swaggering old school funk that coursed through Tha Doggfather's best work such as his debut Doggystyle and this century's R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece.
At the same time, he gets an injection of "Happy" –ness courtesy of producer Pharrell Williams. Rather than droppin' it like it's hot once more, they nod to the seventies with one eye right on the future. As a result, we get something fresh altogether from hip-hop royalty.
This is Snoop at his most O.G. in a long time. The Rastafarian reggae trip of Snoop Lion's Reincarnated is replaced with a fittingly funky cruise back to the LBC by way of outer space. Everything commences on "California Roll," which sees Stevie Wonder carry a stunningly smooth refrain in between those inimitable laidback bars from Snoop. Together, they're a match made in heaven, artfully bringing together hip-hop and soul like only two legends of their caliber could. Couple in Pharrell's spacey take on the era, and you've got a sun-soaked Cali anthem for 2015.
Listen to "California Roll"
Frequent collaborator Charlie Wilson brings his own R&B savvy to the single "Peaches N Cream," which remains downright delicious. When Snoop's riding solo, he continues to impress. "This City" and "R U a Freak" feel like modern "greatest hits," allowing his instantly recognizable flavor to sizzle right off the bat.