Album Review | Snoop Dogg – BUSH

This is the first Snoop Dogg album that I’ve ever listened to. The more recent shit that I’ve heard from him hasn’t been that great… It just sounds like he isn’t interested in rapping anymore because he knows that he doesn’t really have to. He sounded good on Raekwon & Kendrick’s albums, but other than that his shit has sounded really lazy & uninspired lately. Hopefully this album is different. I’m really not expecting too much, but I do think that there is a chance that he’ll actually sound good on this album. I really don’t know what to expect. He’s working with Stevie Wonder, Charlie Wilson & Pharrell. I really don’t give a shit about Pharrell (lost all respect for him when he started talkin’ ‘bout “new black”), but that Stevie Wonder track should be interesting and the one with Charlie Wilson will probably be dope. Every song on here is produced by Pharrell Williams. I really hope this is a good album.

Track 1: California Roll Feat. Stevie Wonder

California Roll

Pharrell is singing the hook right now. I don’t know why he wasn’t a credited as an artist on this song. This beat is fucking dope af. It sounds very smooth and luxurious. Stevie Wonder is playin’ the harmonica. That is a really underrated instrument. Pharrell did a good job on the hook. This song is smooth af. Snoop Dogg is singin’ on the first verse. His delivery is so fucking smooth. Stevie Wonder is playin’ the fuck outta that harmonica. This is a very melodic song. Snoop Dogg is doin’ the typical Snoop Dogg shit where he’s talkin’ to some chick. He’s not bein’ really provocative or offensive tho. He’s just talkin’ about having a good ass time with a chick in California. This is a good ass way to start the album off. Pharrell did his thing on the hook. Stevie Wonder was dope on that harmonica. Snoop’s flow, delivery and lyrics were great. Stevie Wonder also has some background vocals. This is smooth af. I fuck with this song. This is dope af. I just got a sudden burst of excitement for the rest of this album. 5/5

Track 2: This City

The intro to this song is basically a skit where the DJ at a radio station called BUSH69 (…) is like, “This is a new song by Snoop Dogg produced by Pharrell.” That made it sound really pointless and unnecessary, but I’m actually glad that it’s there. It does a good job of setting the stage for the album. I can tell that this song is about to be really funky just by the way the DJ’s voice sounded. This beat is fucking dope af. It’s so… groovy. I hate that word, but it’s the best way to describe this beat. This sounds like Disco music. Good Disco music tho. Snoop is singing on the hook and the first verse. It’s dope af. I fuck with this hook. It’s real catchy. I really feel like I’m in California. When I close my eyes while listening to this song, I feel like I’m in California at a pool party and I’m just dancin’ my motherfuckin’ ass off. I’m the only one dancing tho, but that makes it more fun for me. Ain’t nothin’ but bad bitches at this party. Nobody’s payin’ attention to me. They’re just swimmin’. I’m having the time of my life dancin’ to this song. Then I go inside the house and my friends are sittin’ in the livin’ room watchin’ Friday and I join them and we’re eatin’ popcorn. Then we all hop in a convertible and blast this song and go way over the speed limit. We get pulled over by a police officer and he says, “Do you have any idea how fast you were going?” Whoever the driver is does the Dave Chappelle thing where he turns toward all the passengers and says, “Buckle up, bitches,” then karate chops the police officer in the neck. Then we drive to the movies to see Straight Outta Compton. That movie looks so good. Then we go back home and all the bad bitches is still there. Then my friends leave. The bitches stay tho. Snoop is actually rappin’ on this third verse now. This song is so dope. I fuck with this song. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 3: R U A Freak

Oh my God. The production on this album is fucking amazing so far. It’s really funky just like the Kendrick album. It’s a lot less dark than that album tho. This album is just about having a good ass time. I think. I’m only three song in so far, but that seems to be all it’s about. This first verse is great. He’s still doin’ the sing songy delivery that he did on the last two songs. This hook is great. “I’m just a squirrel tryna get a nut.” That… I… I coulda did without that. It’s not really bad. I guess it makes sense on a song called R U A Freak. He’s talking about sex, but it doesn’t feel too over the top. It feels fun and light-hearted. There are some uncredited background vocals. It sounds like Charlie Wilson. I’m not sure tho. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 4: Awake

This song sounds very similar to the last track. The biggest differences are the tempo and the fact that Snoop is actually rapping now. Pharrell is on this track. They talkin’ about weed. This just feels like an even more upbeat version of the last song with a focus on marijuana. I like it tho. The hook is dope. Snoop’s verse was a lil corny. Pharrell did his thing. This is just good enough to be called dope. If it were any more similar to the last track in any way it would probably get a 3/5, but they did just barely enough to make it okay. I fuck with this song. This is dope. 4/5

Track 5: So Many Pros

So Many Pros

I’m hungry. I’m finna go eat some hot dogs. My dad put them in the refrigerator, so I reheated them in the microwave for 17 seconds. That was the perfect amount of time to put them in the microwave. Maybe 18 seconds. They were good. I’m still kinda hungry tho… The hook isn’t terrible. It gets a lil annoyin’ after a while. This beat is dope af. This isn’t horrible. I’m gettin’ a little tired of all these sing songy hooks. I just wanna hear a song where Snoop is spittin’ bars. All of the verses on his album have been really short so far. He might be puttin’ too much effort into the hooks. I kinda like this song, but I hope he actually spits a substantial verse sometime soon. This is cool I guess. It’s okay. 3/5

Track 6: Peaches N Cream Feat. Charlie Wilson

Peaches N Cream

Oh, cool. Snoop is actually rapping now. There’s an actual verse. It’s more than 4 bars long too. His flow is on point. The hook is cool. He’s just talkin’ about a girl with a big ass. I don’t know if I like this song. It’s not bad or anything… The hook isn’t bad, it’s just not for me. I liked that Snoop was rapping for real on this song, but the beat and hook were just kind of underwhelming, especially when you compare it to the other tracks on this album. This is kinda corny. It’s boring. I’m not really feelin’ this shit… Nah. 2/5

Track 7: Edibles Feat. T.I.

This hook is actually really catchy. I can see how some people would get annoyed by it, but I like it. Snoop Dogg’s not really rappin’ for real on this one. Eh. I’m not feelin’ either of his verses. The way he made it sound like there were kids chanting shit like “COOKIES! CHOCOLATE! CUPCAKES! MOLLY!” was kinda lame. I wasn’t feelin’ that shit. I don’t smoke weed, so I’m not really one of those guys that’s always like, “YEEEESSSSS!!!!!!! WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED!” This is gonna sound kinda fucked up, but he just sounds way too happy. Nobody should be getting this excited about weed. Nobody should be getting this excited about anything, really. T.I. has a real verse on here. “May I relieve you of your jacket, can I touch you there / She took off her underwear, it ain’t no hair under there.” Well thank God for that, right? This is… I think this is a really bad song. The more I hear of it, the more annoyed I got. Forget what I said about the hook. This song is annoying. 1/5

Track 8: I Knew That

This hook is dope af. “What’s your sign?” Oh God. What’s your sign? Who the fuck says that shit? That is lame af. I’m pretty sure that if a guy walked up to a girl in 2015 and said, “What’s your sign?” she would smack the God out of him. I like the melody of the hook tho. This is another verse where he’s singing. “Went out tonight, I think of my life / I’m sick and tired of rouge, yeah / Then, threw caution to the wind cause F it, who cares / So tonight I’m gon’ be…” That’s the whole first verse. That’s just ridiculous. I like this hook a lot tho… The song is very pleasant to the ear, but it just feels incomplete. Why are all three of the verses 4 bars long? These beats are incredible. It’s starting to feel like the only person who put any effort into this project is Pharrell. He’s not rapping. Why isn’t Snoop Dogg rapping on his own album? I like the hook and the beat, but that’s pretty much all this song is. I can’t call this a good song. It’s missing too much to be a good song, but… I liked it. It’s alright I guess. 3/5

Track 9: Run Away Feat. Gwen Stefani

Oh God. Who wanted this? What Snoop Dogg fan wants to hear a song with Gwen Stefani? This first verse isn’t good. Snoop Dogg is harmonizing with Gwen Stefani. Why? Gwen Stefani is so fucking annoying. What is that accent? She sounds so weird. Why am I listening to a song by Snoop Dogg & Gwen Stefani? This is fucking awful. This is fucking terrible. This is fucking horrible. The beat’s not even that good. I hate this song. Fuck this song. Why does this exist? No. This is wack af. 1/5

Track 10: I’m Ya Dogg Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Rick Ross

Just like with the Raekwon album, I will be very surprised if Rick Ross has a good verse. The hook is alright I guess. This beat is actually dope af. There are background vocals from Charlie Wilson. I think that’s who that is. Snoop’s verse was average. He was singin’ again. Rick Ross is about to start rapping. He has a lazy flow. It wasn’t a good verse. It wasn’t unbearable, but it was a copy & paste Rick Ross verse. If you’ve heard anything by Rick Ross you should know what I mean. Kendrick’s about to go in. His flow is fucking dope. His verse was dope, but it wasn’t one of those amazing Kendrick verses that warrants multiple rewinds. This is underwhelming. It’s not horrible, but it could’ve been a lot better. 3/5

Final Thoughts:

Well… That was better than I thought it would be, but still somehow disappointing at the same time. When the album first started, I was very impressed by Pharrell’s production and the melodic hooks. I noticed the lack of bars and strangely short verses, but I assumed that Snoop Dogg was just getting warmed up. It didn’t change. He never really raps for real on this album. There are songs where the verses are literally 4 bars long. I’m sorry, but that’s just ridiculous. He put way too much effort into the hooks and barely any effort into his actual verses. I really believe that this album would be nothing without Pharrell. The production on this project is fucking amazing. The hooks, for the most part, are all pretty dope. The verses are almost nonexistant. All of the rap features do way more work than Snoop Dogg. Actually, all of the features in general do more work than Snoop Dogg. Except Gwen Stefani. She didn’t do shit. I feel like Snoop Dogg put way less effort into this project than Pharrell. Snoop Dogg fans are going to be incredibly disappointed in this project. There is nothing gangsta at all about this album. In terms of production, this album is incredible. In terms of bars, this album might as well not even exist. Sonically, this album is great. Otherwise, it felt very, very lazy. Good job, Pharrell. Snoop Dogg… I don’t even know what to say to you… The thing is, I really liked some of the songs on here, but not because of Snoop Dogg. Maybe I just like Pharrell more than I thought I did. I’ll definitely be reviewing Doggystyle someday. Don’t expect it anytime soon because I have a fuck load of music on my schedule, but it should be interesting to see how it compares to this album.

Favorite Track: R U A Freak

Least Favorite Track: Run Away

Verdict:

64%

MEH

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