Volume 94, Issue 67

Tuesday, January 23, 2001


This is a Gift worth unwrapping

Penn's The Pledge breaks its promise

Disc of the Week

Gondoliers a whole lotta singing

Soundtrack a solid sampler - Six Feet Under sure does suck

Disc of the Week

Snoop Doggy DoggDead Man Walkin'
Death Row/D3 Records

Will the real Snoop please stand up?

If you decide to hit a record store to pick up Snoop's latest CD, Tha Last Meal, which was executive-produced by No Limit Records CEO, Master P, it may surprise you to find another new Snoop album sitting on the shelves. Although it only contains 12 tracks, its pictures of Snoop shackled in chains on the cover and lying in a casket on the insert should definitely be enough to grab your attention.

Dead Man Walkin' is actually a compilation of previously unreleased Snoop tracks that he recorded over Soopafly, DJ Pooh and Daz beats during his Doggystyle and Doggfather years. In addition to leaking Tha Last Meal weeks before its release, Death Row even publicly threatened Snoop a number of times on their Web site in order to create a buzz for Dead Man Walkin'.

It's unsure what's scarier – Suge Knight's intimidating attack, or the fact that this Death Row album contains some of the best work heard from Snoop in years.

On the R&B-style tracks "May I" and "Head Doctor," featuring Swoop G, Snoop spits the type of "playa" verses not heard from him since "Ain't No Fun" or "Groupie." Along with the help of Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt & Daz), "Tommy Boy" and "Gangsta Walk" give Snoop a chance to prove he's still one of the lyrical best.

The R&B and lyrical combination on "Change Gone Come," in which Val Young's mellow voice guides Snoop's speedy verses over an amazing orchestra beat. This song should definitely make it to a Snoop Dogg Greatest Hits album alongside similar tracks like "Doggy Dogg World" and "Snoop's Upside Ya Head."

Fortunately, the only problems with Dead Man Walkin' are its short length and the illogical inclusion of "Me And My Doggs," which is already found on another Snoop album. So how does one decide between this and Tha Last Meal? Well, that decision depends on the 'doggystyle' you prefer – the funky and lyrically-potent Doggfather, or the more pop-infused Snoopy that you see bouncing with Lil' Bow-Wow.

–Raoul Juneja

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