The New Classics

October 23, 2009

New Music / Music Video: Snoop Dogg, Gangsta Luv [ft. The-Dream]

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Music Video, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 6:48 am

10.23.09

Song: Gangsta Luv [ft. The-Dream]
Artist: Snoop Dogg
Album: Malice in Wonderland
Producer: The-Dream
Label: Priority Records
Notes: 1st single from LP
Analysis: Snoop decided to play it a little bit safer with his latest lead single. Unlike the stripped-out classic ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, or the auto-tuned disco-flaired weirdness of ‘Sexual Eruption’, ‘Gangsta Luv’ is a more straightforward pop rap dance track. Continue Reading

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April 17, 2009

Album Review: UGK, 4 Life

04.17.09

UGK 4 Life
Everyone knows that half of the legendary Houston rap duo UGK, Pimp C, died in late 2007 in what was probably the most crushing blow to rap since Big Pun’s untimely death in 2000. Riding the wave of their most successful album in fifteen years, it was a huge shock and a tremendous loss for music. But Pimp’s other lyrical half Bun B decided to carry on for one last bow before putting the UGK name to rest, with an album that is more of a continuation of their career rather than a final chapter.

UGK certainly doesn’t stray far from their familiar style or subjects. A good portion of UGK 4 Life consists of breezy Cadillac music about money, weed & women. But obviously it shouldn’t be written off as by-the-numbers rapping, because if that were the case, they wouldn’t have had such longevity in the industry. The duo is cool and witty enough to pull this off from album to album and song to song and still able to throw some curveballs. For instance, in one of my favorite songs of the album ‘Purse Come First’ the chorus is by Pimp C: (Flippin’ and dippin’, sippin’ and grain grippin’ / watching life through my rearview mirror I ain’t trippin’ / I done rolled with the best and acted bad with the worst / dick is a commodity bitch, the purse come first). Nothing too introspective there, but once you dig into the verses you start hearing lines about Pimp questioning the Catholic church, or Bun B’s big brother & war profiteering conspiracy theories. By the time guest rapper Big Gipp shows up on the third verse, he seems lost and out of his league rapping about swisher sweets and candy colored coupes because that seems to be ALL that he knows. UGK are at least able to rhyme about a variety of topics, even if it is just under the surface, and that’s what sets them apart from the by-the-numbers rappers that they can easily get confused with.

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March 26, 2009

New Music: Snoop Dogg, Let It Rain

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Song — Tags: , , — Greg @ 6:05 pm

03.26.09

Song: Let It Rain
Artist: Snoop Dogg
Album: Malice in Wonderland
Label: MTV Records
Producer: Scott Storch
Notes: none
Analysis: Snoop Dogg, in my mind, has transcended good or bad songs, and exists only as Snoop Dogg. Basically if Snoop puts out a song that I’m not really feeling, I soon realize that it’s my own damn fault, not Snoop’s. Then I come around and jam to it anyway. Continue Reading

January 12, 2009

Music Video: Snoop Dogg, Staxx in My Jeans

Filed under: Download, Hip Hop, Music Video — Tags: , , — Greg @ 11:02 pm

01.12.09

Song: Staxx in My Jeans
Artist: Snoop Dogg
Album: Ego Trippin’
Label: Geffen Records
Producer: Rick Rock
Notes: 6th single from LP
Analysis: Let’s start with the song; it isn’t one of Snoop’s best, but if you’re in a pinch for a mindless trunk rattler, it will do just fine. With that out of the way, let’s talk about this awful video. The CGI is horrendous. Any sense of originality is severely lacking (though to be fair, so is the song). If that kid is supposed to be a young Snoop Dogg, they couldn’t have picked someone who looks LESS like Snoop if he were Oriental. Add to that the kid looks less than thrilled to be involved, and is a worse lip syncher than Ashley Simpson. Snoop Dogg has put out countless great songs, and some incredibly unique videos in the past, but this one’s a real piece of dogg shit.

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