There may be times on those sticky, summer Saturdays when you stop by your local record store looking for an album with no intellectual depth what so ever. The only thing that you’re looking for is something to crank in your ride as you cruise for miles and miles with no agenda. If you ever find yourself in this precarious situation look no further than the album Snoop Dogg presents Tha Eastsidaz.
For quite sometime it seemed as if West Coast rap music might perish in it’s own violent ashes. The death of Tupac Shakur and the demise of Death Row Records turned much of the attention that the West Coast scene had been receiving towards the East; where it seemed a new act was born everyday and lyrics didn’t need to center around slangin’ and bangin’. Even Dr. Dre, who put gangsta rap on the map, decided to remove himself from the situation and a bright, young star named Snoop Doggy Dogg relocated, signing a deal with Master P. Snoop churned out several, less than stellar albums with the aforementioned, never bringing that lyrical flow that made him famous while with Death Row Records. West Coast fans have become hopeful that the west will return with the release of Dr. Dre’s new album and if you are a West Coast hip-hop fan then Snoop’s Eastsidaz should be right up your alley.
The Eastsidaz is the first album under newly-minted Dogg House Records. Though the album lacks depth and direction at times, it demonstrates the formula that made everyone in America stop and pay attention to hip-hop music. Constant degradation of women, and lyrics about weed and guns are sandwiched between tight, bouncy beats that almost force your head to nod. The three man group consisting of Snoop, Tray Dee and Lil Goldie Loc all take turns reppin’ the East Side of California and spinning marvelous tales about money, murder and mayhem. There are several choice cuts on the album including “Now We Lay ‘Em Down,” which features a guest appearance by George Clinton and some members of Parliament and the track Big Bang Theory.
While the album is good for those hot days with no agenda, for the most part the album is a disappointing look at a time and a style that is gasping to stay afloat in an ever-changing, complex, hip-hop world that consists of fans who become bored with the norm.
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