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Celebrating 24 Years of Snoop Dogg's 'Doggystle'

On the 24th Birthday of the classic album, we explore its impact on the culture.

23rd Nov 2017

On November 23rd 1993, Snoop Dogg dropped an album that still sounds fresh almost a quarter of a century later.

Longevity in Hip-Hop is certainly hard to come by, so when you can listen to a project that is celebrating it’s 24th birthday and still enjoy it as if it were the first time hearing those smooth, sensual baselines it should be something to admire. 

Around the release of ‘Doggystyle,’ with a pending murder case on his shoulders and the pressure of his ‘Chronic’ features to live up to, Snoop still managed to rise above it and produce what is undoubtably one of the greatest rap albums of all time.

After the release of the project and now solidifying himself as the face of gangster rap, controversy surrounding Hip-Hop was at an all time high. The controversy however, only seemed to work as a fuel to propel ‘Doggystyle’ to the top of the charts, despite Dogg being the most feared and ‘dangerous’ rapper in America. 

The general public were so eager to get an insight into Snoop’s hazy world that Doggystyle seemed like the perfect window to look through. Therefore, those that had never experienced the violent, dangerous world Snoop lived and grew up in, could step into it via the album, without having to get blood on their shirt or the smell of weed on their fingertips. 

Let this not take away from the music though. It is all well and good understanding the cultural significance of this project, but the music…the music was amazing. 

‘Doggystyle’ is an album capable of time travel and teleportation. Similar to how listening to ‘Illmatic’ makes to feel like you’re in New York circa 1994 riding the subway in a massive warm jacket and Timberlands; Doggystyle, if listened to loud enough, makes you feel like you’re cruising in a low rider in sunny California with the subwoofers making your ribs shake. 

Everything about the album just works so well. Snoop’s delivery at points goes from being playful to aggressive and dark to cocky all within a couple of bars. He has the ability to ride the instrumentals in such a hypnotic manor with such ease that I have a feeling even when he’s asleep he snores on beat. 

On the topic of instrumentals, I refuse to hear any comments on this album if you have not listened to it on speakers or headphones that have the capability to drive those baselines out loud enough to get your local news team reporting on a potential earthquake incoming. 

It’s hard to imagine Hip-Hop culture without Snoop Dogg. He’s gone from America’s most dangerous rapper to a household name with TV shows, movies, YouTube channels and countless other popular forms of exposure. He’s an artist and a human who seems to have matured graciously and admirably. His legacy spans far beyond just him music output. His slang, style, stance and participation in marijuana culture are just some other aspects of Snoop that have become pillars that support the greatness that is Snoop Dogg; a loveable character, Hip-Hop father figure, excellent rapper and creator of Doggystyle - the now 24 year old masterpiece. 

Travel to California with Snoop and listen to the album below:

 

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