Friday, December 12, 2014

Revisiting Snoop Dogg's "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment"

Release date: November 21, 2006

1. "Intrology"
Featuring George Clinton
Produced By Battlecat

This "cool" intro starts the album on a very good note, leading us into.....

2. "Think About It"
Produced By Frequency

"Basically you hear these rappers out here using my flow/They need Snoop on they song to make they shit official though"

In an interesting fact about this dope song, producer Frequency made this beat in his dorm room, while attending school in Virginia, a year and a half before this album dropped. It was then passed to Snoop on behalf of Mike Chavez from Geffen Records, next thing you know this is what we got. Snoop rides this beat oh so well throughout, definitely a "second" good start to this album.
*5 out of 5*

3. "Crazy"
Featuring Nate Dogg
Produced By "Frewreck" Farid Nassar

Oh man, I REALLY like this one right here, even if the "C" in California may stand for crazy in reference to this song. Snoop talks about the good ol' Cali life, along with an entertaining hook provided by the late Nate Dogg. Frewreck was a fool for this beat, I agree!
*5 out of 5*

4. "Vato"
Featuring B-Real
Produced By The Neptunes

Interesting story. In 2002, myself and a former co-worker by the name of Robert were talking about Snoop, his favorite rapper. During the conversation, we began to talk about producers that Snoop hadn't worked with before and how his style would fit them. To this day, I remember mentioning the Neptunes (not randomly), and he all but shot that down. From there, to our surprise (mostly his), for the first time, Snoop hooked up with Pharrell and Chad Hugo for his "Paid Da Cost To Be Da Boss" album, notably on cuts such as "Beautiful" and "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace." This is another dope song which finds Snoop linking up with Cypress Hill's B-Real in a true display of Black and Latino unity in the hip hop community.
*4 out of 5*

5. "That's That Shit"
Featuring R. Kelly
Produced By Nottz

I'm not an R. Kelly fan, but hot damn I can't/couldn't deny how nice and smooth this one is, justified by the spins it received on the radio back in '06. Good stuff here.
*4 out of 5*

6. "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)
Featuring E-40, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc, and Tha Dogg Pound
Produced By Rick Rock

I may be overrating this, but I REALLY like the West Coast vibe present on this one, and they're not talking about your "traditional candy" either. Candy to these artists come in the form of narcotics, a "certain male private part," cars, money, and sex. E-40, another artist I'm not a fan but have great respect for, delivered a good verse along with everyone else involved. 
*5 out of 5*

7. "Get A Light"
Featuring Damian "Jr Gong" Marley
Produced By Timbaland

This Damian Marley assisted simply bangs, no doubt. Much props to Timbaland for bringing his signature sound but with a true West Coast twist.
*5 out of 5*

8. "Gangbanga 101"
Featuring The Game
Produced By Terrace Martin

The Bloods (Game) and the Crips (Snoop) connect for this appropriately titled banger. Snoop is hard as ever, and so is Game, who was still motivated at this point (as well as "The Doctor's Advocate" dropping one week prior to this album). More dope stuff here.
*5 out of 5*

9. "Boss' Life"
Featuring Akon
Produced By Dr. Dre

When I first heard this song, I immediately thought of Busta Rhymes' "Everybody Rise," as both songs sample The Controllers' "If Tomorrow Never Comes". Also, apparently there was a different version of this song that featured Nate Dogg, however, my version has Akon, whose vocals were pulled from later versions due to label issues. Either way, Snoop is in his true element here, coming off as the respected West Coast boss that he is.
*5 out of 5*

10. "LAX"
Featuring Ice Cube
Produced By Battlecat

Of course the first thing that hit me was the audio clips from Biggie's "Goin Back To Cali." Good song here showing more Cali love, this time to L.A.
*4 out of 5*

11. "10 Lil' Crips"
Produced By The Neptunes

"So, don't give them niggas a reason
To turn it into spray season
Don't give them niggas a reason
Because they'll turn it into Crip season!"

Well, that about sums up this Neptunes produced banger, showing a slick, aggressive side in Snoop. Speaking of the Neptunes, props to them as well (like Timbaland) for creating a true West Coast sound for Snoop to flex on. Tight!
*5 out of 5*


12. "Round Here"
Produced By Dr. Dre

Good song right here. Snoop covers a familiar topic: how things are where he comes from and how you don't want any problems there either. The more things change, the more things stay the same I guess.
*4 out of 5*

13. "A Bitch I Knew"
Produced By Rhythm D

You know, the title of this should've been "Bitches I Knew." just saying. Treva, Vanessa, Tanisha, Patricia, Tammy, Brandi, Clarissa Bell, and Yvette have all had a piece, if you will, of Snoop at some point based on these experiences.
*3 out of 5*

14. "Like This"
Featuring Western Union (Damani, Soopafly, and Bad Lucc), Latoiya Williams and Raul Midon
Produced By Soopafly

In addition to what the artists are asking you to do here, you can simply two step and throw you hands in the air to the melody of this song.
*3 out of 5*

15. "Which One Of You"
Featuring Nine Inch Dix
Produced By 1500

I think this is the portion of the album strictly for the ladies, as evident with this and the next two songs.
*3 out of 5*

16. "I Wanna Fuck You"
Featuring Akon
Produced By Aliaune "Akon" Thiam

I remember this song receiving seemingly tons of radio play back in '06. It's not great, it's not bad, it's simply ok. I was never a big fan of this song; Akon's beat is good though.
*3 out of 5*

17. "Psst!"
Featuring Jamie Foxx
Produced By Jamie Foxx, N8 and Brainz

Oh, this joint was tailor made for the strip clubs, no doubt about that.
*3 out of 5*

18. "Beat Up On Yo Pads"
Produced By Mr. Porter and DJ DDT

This was a pretty good, fast paced anthem for the Snoop Youth Football League (he is a certified football coach), which is also why there was little to no cursing on this one. Definitely for the kids.
*4 out of 5*

19. "Don't Stop"
Featuring War Zone (Goldie Loc, MC Eiht and Kam) and Kurupt
Produced By Chris "THX" Goodman

Snoop doesn't drop a verse on this apply titled song, so it comes off as more of a showcase for WarZone. Still good though.
*4 out of 5*

20. "Imagine"
Featuring Dr. Dre and D'Angelo
Produced By Dr. Dre and Mark Batson

As a reflective person, I can totally relate to a song like this, because at various points I'm always imagining how life would be if certain things did or didn't happen (Dre and Snoop allude to most of those things in this song too). Lyrically it's very good and don't get me started on the TIGHT beat, featuring that unmistakable Dre sound, complete with fine instrumentation (they sick with the piano) and dope claps.
*5 out of 5*

21. "Conversations"
Featuring Stevie Wonder
Produced By DJ Pooh

"When you feel life's too hard, just go have a talk with God." That's the present theme here and Snoop closes this album on quite the religious note.
*4 out of 5*

Before I get to my overall thoughts about this album, let's compare this to his work post 2006. The albums after "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment," specifically "Ego Trippin," "Malice N Wonderland," and especially "Doggumentary" are NOWHERE near this album in terms of quality (or sheer dopeness). As for the albums before TBCT, well, it goes without saying that it's not better than "Doggystyle," it beats "Tha Doggfather" and "Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told,"; I like it more than "Tha Last Meal," "Paid Da Cost To Be Da Boss," and "R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece." Now, as far as "No Limit Top Dogg" goes, this is a situation where I would have to listen to both albums back to back, because both are that good, and that brings us back to TBCT. 

Although things slow down a bit between songs 13-17, the remainder of this album is incredible, featuring an inspired Snoop flowing over some DOPE production, and I do mean dope. Quite frankly, this is the last true great Snoop Dogg album and it's one I would strongly recommend, definitely for first time listeners and those who haven't bumped it in a long time. 4.5 stars. Much thanks to Snoop and all involved for this one!

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