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Snoop Dogg Presents: The West Coast Blueprint

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Snoop Dogg Presents: The West Coast Blueprint Review

by David Jeffries

By 2010, the hiring of a celebrity CEO had become commonplace in the world of hip-hop, so Snoop Dogg’s new gig as Creative Chairman of Priority Records didn’t seem much more than a press release-generating idea from the marketing department. By kicking his new job off with Snoop Dogg Presents: The West Coast Blueprint, the Doggfather proves he’s taking this job much more seriously than expected. This compilation of old-school West Coast hip-hop isn’t really a history lesson since the Death Row label is ignored and many other big hits are missing, but Snoop’s choices are all welcome and sometimes underappreciated, as artists like Yo-Yo, the Luniz, Ant Banks, and Rass Kass all get their chances to get back on the radar. Big tunes like “Eazy-Duz-It,” “Check Yo Self,” “Playaz Club,” “La Raza,” and “I Got 5 on It” sound fresh when surrounded by these forgotten gems, and curator Snoop makes the set even more enjoyable by dropping in with a few interludes that are sentimental, at least by pimp standards. The rapper’s new, closing take on “Check Yo Self” is light and fun, leaving the set’s odd attitude toward cuss words the only thing left to complain about, since some of this street knowledge appears in its edited form.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Snoop Dogg 01:11 SpotifyAmazon
2 Eazy-E 04:18 SpotifyAmazon
3 King Tee 04:17 SpotifyAmazon
4 The D.O.C. 04:49 SpotifyAmazon
5 Low Profile 04:38 SpotifyAmazon
6
Kid Frost 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
7
Snoop Dogg 00:43 SpotifyAmazon
8 N.W.A 04:24 SpotifyAmazon
9 Yo-Yo 03:51 SpotifyAmazon
10 Ice Cube 03:43 SpotifyAmazon
11
Rappin' 4-Tay 04:24 SpotifyAmazon
12
Snoop Dogg 00:40 SpotifyAmazon
13 Mack 10 04:14
14 Luniz 04:12
15 Ras Kass 04:19 SpotifyAmazon
16 Westside Connection 04:33 SpotifyAmazon
17 Ant Banks 04:51 SpotifyAmazon
18 Mack 10 04:00 SpotifyAmazon
19 Snoop Dogg 04:05
20
Snoop Dogg 00:53 SpotifyAmazon
21 Snoop Dogg 04:18 SpotifyAmazon
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