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Snoop Dogg Released The Classic 'Doggystyle' On Nov. 23

Today In Hip-Hop: Snoop Dogg Released The Classic 'Doggystyle'

Snoop Dogg 22nd Anniversary - Doggystyle - The Samples

365 days of the year should be dedicated to the art, styles and slanguistics of Hip-Hop. To put it plainly, it is only right that those who say they love ‘The Culture’ should be able to put it in historical context. Word to Dart Adams.

On this day, November 23rd, back in 1993, then-rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg released his debut album Doggystyle under the Death Row Records banner. The man known as Calvin Broadus was a hot commodity back in that era of rap, due to his smooth vocal style and vivid gangster tales told over tracks like “Deep Cover” and “Murder Was The Case”.

To date, Doggystyle is Snoop Dogg’s most successful album, having clocked-in 806,858 units sold in the first week of its release. Peaking at number one on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, it managed to go be three-times platinum the following year in January 1994.

In addition to that, Doggystyle sports one of the craziest and coolest covers in all of rap music, which was drawn by visual artist Joe Cool.

As one of the undisputed kings of the West Coast, G-Funk sound, Snoop and his album was more-or-less the sequel to Dr. Dre‘s super successful The Chronic album. Sporting features from Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, The Lady Of Rage, Nate Dogg and Warren GDoggystyle was a strong combination of funky beats, melodic flow and street lyricism.

It was an album that made the Los Angeles rap scene electric and fueled the competitiveness between them and New York City rap.

Breaking the record for fasting selling Hip-Hop album ever, the album has been certified a classic and is consistently recognized as such on plenty of “Top Rap Albums” lists by popular publications. Housing two top 10 singles, “Gin and Juice” and “Who Am I? (What’s My Name)“, Snoop put his stamp on the game with this album during a time when creativity was key and proved that he had the makings of a living legend.

Since then, Snoop has gone on to become an actor, a producer, a star in entertainment across the board. A charitable man, he also gave back to the community in a major way through his youth football league. After dropping 12 solo studio albums, Snoop Dogg, then-known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, can sit comfortably upon his thrown over looking West Coast rap and be proud of his accomplishments.

Seemingly able to deftly jump between genres and reinvent himself at a moments whim, Snoop Dogg’s influence spans past just rap lyrics and clever hooks. He is a taskmaster in the studio, working alongside legends like Tupac Shakur and passing the torch to a new generation such as Kendrick Lamar. With no end in sight, it is our honor and pleasure to celebrate this 22nd anniversary of Doggystyle on Okayplayer by pouring out some St. Ides, some gin and juice and bumping some of the framework samples that would empower Doggystyle to become a heralded masterpiece.

In honor of this date, we are spotlighting the work of Funkadelic, Slave, Santana, Kool & the Gang and others who helped buoy the distinctive vocal flow of Snoop Dogg. So, enjoy this mix from The Doggfather, DJ Snoopadelic, himself in the embed below and share your favorite lyrics with us on Twitter @Okayplayer!

TRACKLIST:
1. Curtis Mayfield – Give Me Your Love [Bathtub]
2. Funkadelic – Not Just Knee Deep [GFunk intro]
3. George McCrae – I Get Lifted [Gin & Juice]
4. Slave – Watching You [Gin & Juice]
5. George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic – Flashlight [Tha Shiznit]
6. Santana – Fried Neckbones & Some Fries [Murder Was the Case]
7. Slick Rick, Dougie Fresh – La Di Da Di [Lodi Dodi]
8. Bernard Wright – Haboglabotribin [Gz & Hustlaz]
9. Kool & the Gang – Summer Madness [Doggy Dogg World]
10. Curtis Mayfield – Eddie You Should Know Better [Interlude: U Betta Recognize]
11. George Clinton – Atomic Dog [Who Am I (What’s My Name)]
12. Tom Browne – Jamaica Funk [Who Am I (What’s My Name)]
13. Parliament – Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker) [Who Am I (What’s My Name)]
14. Lyn Collins – Think About It [Ain’t No Fun]
15. Isaac Hayes – A Few More Kisses To Go [Ain’t No Fun]
16. Ohio Players – Funky Worm [Serial Killa]
17. Isaac Hayes – The Look of Love [Gz Up Hoes Down]


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