Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg - Collaborations


Red and Mef. Rae and Ghost. Big Boi and Three Stacks. Nas and AZ. Erick and Parrish. Fame and Danze. Pimp and Bun. Havoc and Prodigy. Mos and Kweli. All but two of these notorious emcee duos have released full-length albums to critical acclaim. The exceptions to this list are 1) Rae and Ghost, though their solo releases often feature one another on over half the album’s tracks, and 2) Nas and AZ, a duo we’ve already created a compilation for. Who else but Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre would fit into this lineage of great lyrical tag team partners? At this point, the Doc and Dogg are mega-stars, one an obsessive-compulsive hermit still working on his follow-up to a record released a decade ago, the other an emcee who puts out an album every once in a while to meet the costs of his expensive weed habit. All jokes aside, their track record is as thorough as they come In short, they absolutely owned the early-to-mid-‘90’s, at least on the West Coast. Cranking out hits and knocking off rappers from their pedestals, Snoop and Dre were a force to be reckoned with. And since we love to hook you up with compilations over here, I figured we’d give ‘em the Hip Hop Is Read treatment.


Like the Method Man and Redman ‘Appearances’ compilation, this one’s a double disc release. The format deserves some explanation though. Disc one aimed to include the major songs you probably know really well, such as “Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang”, “Deep Cover”, “Still D.R.E.” and so on. Disc two focused more on remixes, extended versions, b-sides, rarities, and tracks which had brief, non-verse features by either Snoop or Dre. A couple of tracks on disc two, for instance, don’t even feature Dre, but were classics from The Chronic which I felt needed to be on here anyways. Each disc is in semi-chronological order and each disc borders on just below the maximum 80-minute mark, equaling a combined run time of over two and a half hours!


The one thing I regret about the set is that 2Pac was never on a track with both Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Given Death Row Records’ dominance with these three artists, you’d think it would have happened, right? Coulda, shoulda, woulda… Maybe there’re some unreleased tracks locked up in the vault? I hope so. And I hope they see the light of day… one day. Anyways… I always say that West Coast hip hop plays as a perfect soundtrack for hot summer days. Maybe it’s just ‘cause I’m from L.A.? I dunno… If you agree, then the release of this compilation is perfect timing! The next thing you know, your middle and ring fingers will be merging as one, automatically. Peep out the manuscript… enjoy… and turn it up!










Rest In Peace Eric Wright

15 comments:

  1. niiiiiiiiiiiice, thank Ivan

    DETOX!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. You said Rae and Chef twice instead of Rae & Ghost

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  3. ^ Right you are. Shit I'm exhausted...lol.

    IMO, Disc 2 is more fun to listen to than Disc 1, but Disc 1 has got more hits. So basically you need 'em both!

    Moose: No dizzoubt!

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  4. As classic as the OG is, Snoop Doggy Dogg blacked out on the Deep Cover remix.

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  5. Very NICE!!!!!!!

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  6. Damn..Good Stuff homie.Good Stuff.I mean, you know when the D.O.C and Dog Pound gets together, its always a classic project."Aint nothing but a G thang bayyyyyyy bayyyyyy...", y'all know the rest.HellRazor from www.dahomegrownspot.com

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  7. A strange time to shout out Eazy E, no?

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  8. I felt bad since half these tracks are dissing him... LMAO

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  9. What happened to Tim Dog anyway?

    Im not downloading his Ivan........cos I already have them all!

    Apart from an Ice T cassette that I bought off a friend for £3, Dre and Snoop were my first rap purchases.

    Chronic and Doggstyle will never be surpassed. Had to buy them twice too, tape and later CD.

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  10. Really? You have them all? Even the Let Me Ride Extended Mix!? I'm impressed...

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  11. Don't underestimate British heads, I learned that in London this summer...

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  12. Yessir!

    Dre and Snoop were my first rap heroes. Until Jigga took over the game, Snoop was my all time favourite rapper. Even though he's had a mixed time since Doggystyle.

    Checkin the list again, yes I do have every track!

    Chronic 2 would have been the shit. Dre and Snoop with Pac in there too.

    I was waiting for the 'Break-ups To Make-Ups' album too.

    If Detox only had Snoop on it I wouldnt be disappointed. Dre brings out the best in him.

    Its a bit depressing to see whats happened to Snoop really.

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  13. I was 7 wen I startd listening 2 dre wit ma popz 4 my Bday the homie bought me the chronic 2001 album hav it till this day and occastionaly listen 2 it. I salute what u did bro

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  14. pleaseeeee help me download this!

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  15. re-up????????????

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