A Snoop Dogg album produced entirely by Pharrell Williams? Yes, please! Even though it’s 2015, the collaborative album still seems like a great idea.
First off, Snoop and Skateboard P’s chemistry together in the studio is undeniable. Let’s not forget that the two have crafted some of this generation’s most popular and recognizable records through their ability to bounce off of each other’s musical talents. On Bush — their latest collaborative effort and album number thirteen in Snoop’s famed discography — the pair continues to build on their strong musicianship.
With one spin of the effort, it’s clear where the album’s inspiration stemmed. Each of the project’s 10 tracks are laced with an amalgamation of funk, blues and R&B, topped off with a giant hip-hop cherry. The album’s opener, “California Roll” featuring Stevie Wonder, is an ode to Snoop’s home state, celebrating all of the glitz, glamour and charm of residing on the West Coast. The calming and smooth production works well about Snoop’s imaginative, party-fueled rhymes. The song is only amplified by Stevie Wonder’s iconic harmonica, which sonically works perfectly among the track’s backdrop. On “Peaches N Cream,” one of the album’s standout tracks, Snoop, Charlie Wilson and Pharrell have crafted the perfect soundtrack for a top-back ride through the Hollywood Hills— the cut is smooth and smothered in replay value.
Despite the album’s positivity and generally fun vibes, the project does leave room for improvement, should the duo go at it again. First off, Bush’s last cut, “I’m Ya Dogg” featuring Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar, is nothing short of a letdown, especially considering it’s the album’s finale. The meeting of these musical giants, should, in one’s opinion, have created a more coherent and overall stronger shining. In addition, because the album is entrenched in nostalgic funk and blues, some of the songs — at least at first glance— appear to sound somewhat similar (“Awake,” “So Many Pros”), making it difficult to distinguish when one song starts and another ends.
Even though Snoop’s rhymes aren’t chock-full with the kind of dexterity and inspirational meaning of some of his West Coast contemporaries, there’s no denying that his infectious flow and groovy cadence are pleasurable to one’s ears. Mix this in with the album’s timing, and it quickly becomes apparent that Snoop and Pharrell may have just created the soundtrack to the summer.
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