Today marks the 20 year anniversary of Snoopzilla-Dogg-Lion’s debut, Doggstyle, and this past week we were blessed with this amazing gift, a DJ mix of all the funk records sampled on the album. I won’t front, I was not much of a fan of Snoop when I first heard him. Save for a few West Coast artists like Spice 1, Compton’s Most Wanted and Too $hort, I was too busy being on the East Coast’s dizzick to really check for what the West was doing, despite residing on the Way Left Coast (Hawaii) at the time. Personal opinions aside, I’ve eventually grown to love Uncle Snoop’s music and the contributions he and Dre made to rap music, including the entire G-Funk sound that was incorporated into the music in the early 90s.
More recently, I stumbled upon a demo tape from Snoop titled Over the Counter. Obviously, being that they were ripped from tape (which were previously made available at swap meets during Snoop’s come up), the quality is basura. Still, it’s nice to hear some of these early cuts and rarities, some of them ending up being refined and making their way onto Doggystyle. Also included in this post are some cuts from 2009’s Death Row: The Lost Sessions. NOTE: We are by no means claiming these are super rare; they’re readily available out there on the internets. We’re presenting it to those who may have never heard these before. Had to make that statement, because, trolls.
Snoop Doggy Dogg – 187 (It’s On)
Snoop Doggy Dogg – County Blues
Snoop Doggy Dogg – The Message
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Caught Up f. Charlie Wilson
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Life’s Hard (A Dedication for 2Pac) f. K-Ci & Jojo
Snoop Doggy Dogg – Doggystyle f. George Clinton & Jewell