Snoop Dogg to release Ego Trippin
"Ego Trippin" is the new title of Snoop Dogg's upcoming album. The album includes tracks like 'Sensual Seduction', underground track 'Neva Hafta Wurry', etc... Expect the album to drop March 11th, 2008.
Artist: Snoop Dogg
Title: Ego Trippin
Release date: 03/11/08
Single: Sensual Seduction
Buy at: Amazon
Iconic in stature and in essence, Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. has carved out a permanent place in musical history. Undeniably, the rapper, producer, actor, entrepreneur, coach, husband and father affectionately called Snoop Dogg, has performed the most unique balancing act that hip hop has ever witnessed. Never short on vision, drive or ambition, the C-walking, sharp talking wordsworth has managed to redefine and reinvent himself over the course of his fifteen year career, each time revealing a distinctive cache from the depths within. His rhythmic cadences are classic in nature and his demeanor is as laid back and effortless as the brand extensions he has created for himself.
With his eighth installment Tha Blue Carpet Treatment on Doggystyle/Geffen, the ultimate boss player is prepared to retain his thrown as the King of the West Coast. Instead of rolling out the red carpet, in true Snoop fashion, the royal blue is only befitting of this king. Reconnecting with the man that put him in the game, production wizard Dr. Dre, Snoop’s laser like focus is as sharp as the needle that Dre drops on the record and his execution can only reflect the exemplary standard they have set on their timeless collaborations throughout the years.
Since the 2004 release of R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece the Doggfather has stepped his own game up and reached a proverbial turning point in his career. Personally, he orchestrated the Protect the West Conference, a closed door, invitation only event amongst west coast rappers and executives including B-Real, Tha Alkaholiks, Ice Cube and Suge Knight to name a few. Mediated by Snoop and comedian Steve Harvey along with the assistance of the Nation of Islam, the unification and economic progression based initiative spawned a dialogue that had never been sparked within the separated rhyme community. With an agenda to keep the peace with each other and create opportunities for advancement within the west coast community, the Conference quietly allowed artists to share, dialogue and build.
Snoop also became known as Coach to approximately 2500 kids in 10 local chapters throughout California for the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL), a cause near and dear to his heart. As the owner and coach of the league, Snoop subsidizes approximately $2 million dollars annually to create extra curricular activities for children who may not otherwise have them in the hopes of boosting their self esteem, learning about teamwork and preparing them to become tomorrow’s leaders. Eligibility for SYFL requires a minimum GPA for participants and their season closes with a benefit concert featuring some of the industry’s hottest urban talent as a treat for the kids.
Tha Big Boss Dogg also got political by participating in the awareness for clemency of reformed original Los Angeles Crip Gang co-founder Stanley “Tookie” Williams. Using his high profile visibility, Snoop assisted in a grassroots movement of sorts to reach out to radio, entertainers, politicians and social organizations regarding Williams’ case. Unfortunately, clemency was denied and Williams was executed by lethal injection on December 13th, 2005. Snoop along with his Dogg Pound Gangstas Daz Dillinger, Kurupt and featuring Nate Dogg, released “Real Soon” from his independent Welcome to da Chuuch – Da Album in honor of Tookie and in support of clemency.
Amidst his philanthropic activism, Snoop D-O Double G also continued to make time to record music and feed his creative spirit. He developed Snoopadelic Films and released the independent DVD Boss’n Up and he has his own XM Satellite Radio show “Welcome to da Chuuch with Big Snoop Dogg.” In addition, he was named executive producer for XM’s classic hip hop channel, The Rhyme. Throughout it all, Snoop managed to stay in the studio to record Tha Blue Carpet Treatment.
The introduction to the album, “Think About It,” moves beyond the party over a jazzy mellow beat with a hip hop feel to it, produced by newcomer Frequency. Snoop sets the tone by delving into his world where the law of opposition and often contradiction happily co-exist. When making records that go beyond the surface, utilizing metaphoric phrasing make “this Blue Carpet Treatment deep to me,” according to the Dogg.
The first single “Vato” featuring B-Real of Cypress Hill, was produced by The Neptunes, his production collaborators on previous chart toppers, “Beautiful” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” With its dark strings and deep bass, the slightly reggae-fused tune speaks to the Black and Brown (African-American and Latino) tension present in the west, opting for peace and unity as opposed to senseless violence. The marriage of Snoop and B-Real on the track creates an almost sub-conscious connection for the homies in the hood to pay attention to.
Nottz produced a catchy, lullaby head nodding track entitled “That’s That ****.” Featuring R. Kelly, the light and airy sing along chorus will have every low rider and top dog from coast to coast humming along, “I pulled up with no room in the phantom, with the chrome wheels spinnin, sayin that’s that ****.”
Dr. Dre doesn’t fall short with his contributions to Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. Producing and appearing for the first time on record since Chronic 2001, with “Imagine,” the doctor’s lethal dose of reality is layered with heavy piano chords as he and Snoop take an optimistic outlook imagining hip hop and the African-American community from the mind of a west-sider.
Snoop takes the listener to another level with Stevie Wonder on “Have A Talk With God.” Co-produced by Stevie and DJ Pooh, the melodic track, reminiscent of a classic Earth, Wind & Fire record, has Stevie admonishing when “you feel life’s too hard just go have a talk with God.” Welcome to the church, Snoop Dogg style.
Not one to leave his fans behind, Snoop still manages to balance out the conscious with the ridiculously fun-conscious. The Los Angeles clubs have no problem supporting their king on “Candy.” Quietly becoming the west coast anthem, producer Rick Rock goes to production war with its aggressive bass line and heavy claps as E40, Daz, Kurupt, Goldie Loc (Tha Eastsidaz) and Mc Eiht lend their west coast lyricism to the track. Snoop even teams up with producer Terrance Martin to form the production duo Niggaracci. Together they laid down hip hop militant “Gangbang’n 101” featuring The Game signifying and seeking Blood and Crip unity.
All work and more work do not make Snoop a dull boy. Confidently, he is quite the man, very much in charge of his career and always looking to create new and innovative concepts. Tha Adventures of tha Blue Carpet Treatment is a supplemental DVD project being released on Snoopadelic Films with ten animated videos from Tha Blue Carpet Treatment album, all connected in movie, story line fashion. Even still, Snoop has developed a Spike TV show entitled California Youth Authority (CYA). Directed by Emmy Award winner Jonathan Stack and shot documentary style, CYA covers different social issues young kids face on the daily growing up and surviving in the hood.
As the world continues to turn, be very aware that Snoop Dogg is continuing to give the assist. Whether he is making music, movies, commercials, videos, books, clothing, or drinks, just be keenly aware that the Dogg is making moves. His story is characterized by his gnomic style and displays of brutal honesty coupled with a heavy dose of realism and a whole lot of fun. Snoop Dogg is the king of his thrown, so take off your shoes when you walk down the blue carpet.
Calvin “Snoop Dogg” Broadus is a rare exception in the turbulent world of Hip-Hop. In a genre where big names come and go just as fast as hit records, Snoop Dogg has managed to stay tremendously relevant throughout his 16-plus years in the game. From music to movies, video games to clothing lines and now his own hit TV show (E!’s reality series Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood), Snoop Dogg is an all-out pop culture icon and household name.
While his longevity can easily be credited to his musical creativity, the various personalities contained within the character we know as Snoop Dogg have also played a vital role. Ego Trippin’, the Doggfather’s ninth (9th) solo studio album, deftly takes the listener on a ride through Snoop’s many faces. The result is a sonically assorted, yet thematically cohesive offering that shuns present day notions of constructing an album and instead crafts a work that marries Snoop’s many musical influences together with his array of personas.
“The album is called Ego Trippin’ because “I wanted to make something that is true to where I’m at as a musician and not just play connect the dots. It’s a record that is free of constraints. It’s just me doing me,” says Snoop.
But Snoop Dogg didn’t set out to accomplish this alone. Instead he recruited legendary producer/recording artist Teddy Riley to enhance the process. Riley and Snoop’s participation as honorees in last year’s VH1 Hip-Hop Honors was the catalyst that sparked what at first might be seen as an unusual partnership. “We got to talking at the show and I told him how much I admired his work,” remembers Snoop about the fateful evening. “Come to find out that he was just as big of a fan of my music. I told him that we had to work together.”
The resulting sessions birthed an unimaginable amount of high quality music. Next the duo added the musical mind of renowned producer/rapper DJ Quik into the fold. “Quik always has had this incredibly trained studio ear,” says Snoop of his fellow West Coast Hip-Hop OG. “I knew with the type of music that me and Teddy was making, he would be the perfect fit.”
The trio would form what Snoop coined the “QDT Music Group” behind a very effective song making process. “I would come up with the idea for the song conceptually,” says Snoop. “Then Teddy would come in and act as the musical filter—basically taking my idea and setting it to music. Then Quik would act as the finisher. He would maybe add a few musical elements to certain songs. He also mixed every song!”
Flashing his trademark sly smile it’s obvious that Snoop knew this alliance would amount to a musical jackpot. “This album is really produced—and I mean ‘produced’ in the traditional sense,” adds Snoop who also injected the instrumental prowess of burgeoning producer Terrace Martin. “Every song is layered and sonically just right. It’s like a meeting of top notch musical minds and it allowed me to take chances.”
Already Ego Trippin’ has produced a smash. “Sensual Seduction,” the album’s first single, is proof positive of the musical leaps that Snoop is willing to take. The song’s Roger Troutman influenced hook, accompanying early 80s nostalgia inducing video impacted radio rotations, video play lists, and most importantly, Snoop’s fans immediately. “My fans have been with me for so long that I can take them wherever I want to go and they are comfortable,” he assures.
The gangsta rap that Snoop initially made his name off is also at full strength. Bay Area beatsmith Rick Rock’s “Staxxx In My Jeans” and a newly debuted double time flow on “Ridin’ In My Chevy” offer the album’s most menacing moments and shows Snoop can still get down on the street level. And as always, Snoop demonstrates his allegiance to the West Coast with the hyphy driven “Life Of The Party” alongside Oakland’s Mr. Fab and Too Short.
The fun loving Dogg is here as well. Snoop’s “Johnny Cash,” produced by Everlast, brings to mind karaoke night at a cowboy bar. It’s easy to imagine the smile on Snoop’s face as he gracefully bounces of the country western inspired romp. And over the lively track of “Hollywood Nights,” Snoop gets a chance to revel in his A-List fame on a ride down the Sunset Strip.
But what has rarely been witnessed throughout Snoop’s years in the record business is his home life. But with the wildly popular Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood emerging as one of the season’s top programs, Ego Trippin’ doesn’t shy away from Snoop the family guy.
“It was important for me to give the audience another side of me,” explains Snoop. “It can’t be all gangsta, all the time.” This theme is touched on throughout the album leaving the family talk of “Been Around The World,” “Make It Good”—a song dedicated to his wife Shante, the autobiographical “Neva Have 2 Worry” and the Teddy Riley produced, orchestra and choir filled “Say Goodbye” some of the most genuine offerings in Snoop’s entire catalog.
While Ego Trippin’ can easily be labeled a redefinition for Snoop Dogg, in many ways it’s more of a blossoming. It took years of grind time and dedication for Snoop to reach this point in his illustrious career. And with Ego Trippin’, Snoop is comfortable enough with his music and his audience to let all his sides shine and again show why he has become one of the top artists of his generation, a living legend indeed.
"Ego Trippin" by Snoop Dogg - release date: 03/11/08..