Snoop Dogg & KRS-One Release Their First Ever Collabo & It’s Lights, Camera, Action (Audio)
Life is too short to listen to bad music. So…let us fight through it for you and only supply you with that great stuff. Despite the reports, Hip-Hop is alive and well and, in many ways, is better than it’s ever been. Not only are we able to go back and listen to all of our favorites, at the click of a button, there is also a ton of great music still being made by artists, young and veteran alike…if you know where to look.
To help with that task, we’ve created two playlists. One features more recent music—songs that have been released within the last year or so—while the other is throwback, focused on the ’80s and ’90s. We update each of these playlists regularly, so, if you like what you hear, subscribe to follow us on Spotify.
Today, we celebrate new music from one of Hip-Hop’s most enduring legends: Snoop Dogg. Last week, Uncle Snoop released his 15th album in 24 years, with the appropriately-titled Neva Left. Perhaps more than anyone in Hip-Hop, since the mid-90s, Snoop has been a constant. Even in years when he didn’t release an album, he made his presence felt with mixtapes, artist compilations, guest verses and even his own GGN talk show. With Neva Left, however, Snoop seems to be making a statement that goes deeper than just saying he’s been in the game for two and a half decades. He seems to be declaring that he’s still performing at the same level he was when he debuted back in ’93. He shows this both visually, with an album cover that draws on iconic photos from his “Deep Cover” days, and with his sonics. The album opens with the title song, which features Snoop in top form as he borrows a beat from the Wu-Tang Clan album that was released 2 weeks before his Doggystyle debut. His flow over the “C.R.E.A.M.” instrumental sounds tailor-made and timeless.
While his solo material stands on its own, it’s likely the collaborations on Neva Left that will draw the most attention. “Mount Kushmore,” Snoop’s effort with Redman, Method Man and B-Real (with whom Snoop shared a tour of the same name) lit fires in Hip-Hop circles across the land when it was released in April. And, with the album’s release, comes Snoop’s first ever collabo with KRS-One, in the form of “Let Us Begin.” As Boogie Down Productions fans know, those three words are how KRS-One begins his verse on BDP’s “My Philosophy,” from their By All Means Necessary album, and the two echo themes from that activist LP, throughout their verses. As has been customary for Snoop in the past, he also covers a Hip-Hop classic, this time choosing Whodini’s “Big Mouth.”
In addition to new Snoop, the playlist has been updated with highlights from David Banner’s first album in over 5 years, The God Box. Snoop and Banner join a playlist with some exceptional new music from Kendrick Lamar, Logic, DJ Quik, Brother Ali, Oddisee, Wale, Nas, Joey Bada$$, J. Cole, Big Sean, Drake, and a host of others.