Snoop Dogg
Malice n Wonderland


3.0
good

Review

by Jordan Speare USER (10 Reviews)
March 8th, 2010 | 15 replies | 9,271 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Who says old Doggs can't learn new tricks?

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

He’s certainly come a long way from “sippin’ on gin n’ juice”. When Mr. Snoop Eastwood first rolled up in his 6-4 and into the rap game, it was 1992 and he was barely out of high school. Dr. Dre, impressed with what he heard, took the young MC under his wing, collaborated with him and showed him the ropes of the music biz. That young MC would go on to become Dre’s BFF and one of the most respected rappers in the game with 4 platinum albums hanging on his wall, and more hits under his belt than he has notches for. Snoop Dogg, now 38 (266 in dog years) finds himself in a very different place in his life, which is reflected on his latest release Malice N’ Wonderland. The pot-loving gangster is now a pot loving father who takes his family to Apple Bee’s, hockey games, he even coach’s his son’s minor league football team! I think our “Lil Ghetto Boy” is all grown up.

The album starts off with Snoop Dogg’s son phoning him to ask him to play that song that him and his friends like to drink to…which would be “I Wanna Rock” that displays the smooth, lazy flow that made Snoop millions using a sample of the Black Eyed Pea’s “Rock That Body”. Not too shabby. “2 Minute Warning” sounds like a street freestyle with production quality, which is Malice’s most consistent strength. I can’t help but feel that Snoop’s lost a step though, it took him three songs before we hear our first collaboration, if you would classify “1800” with Lil Jon a collaborative effort that is. It has a very club feel which goes to show that Snoop can still write a good dance tune, but Lil Jon doesn’t do anything but yell *** like “What?!” or “Yeah!” in the background. I’m serious. “Different Languages” switches gears and is probably the closest thing that “Ms. Bow Wow” is going to get to a love song from her gangsta husband. Jazmine Sullivan’s vocals in the chorus contrast very effectively with Snoop’s steady flow: “20 years in the game what love won’t do/A lot of women want me but I want you.” The man even makes love songs sound cool.

The first single “Gangsta Luv” is one of two songs featuring The Dream (Snoop's cousin apparently), who does a pretty good job here. Its catchy chorus can get annoying after awhile but it reminds us that Snoop is still the master of the rhymes. Snoop continues to keep it in the family with “Pronto” featuring his nephew Soulja Boy. The eerie UFO effects are pretty cool, but again the chorus can get a little annoying after awhile. “That’s Tha Homie” and “Upside Down” are two that don’t really stand out, but are probably going to end up getting played in clubs for in the next week or two. “Secrets” is a welcome change featuring Kokane, who keeps the listener entertained while you wait for the D-O double G to come in. “Pimpin Ain’t EZ” with R. Kelly sends the very important message that pimping is definitely not easy. This one’s pretty cliché and Snoop probably should’ve known better.

The Dream shines again on the R&B jam “Luv Drunk” while his homie Pharrel and his cousin Brandy shine on “Special” (imagine what Thanksgiving’s like?). Brandy’s smooth, bluesy voice perfectly compliments Pharrel’s falsetto and Snoop’s quiet confidence. Malice’s outro has Snoop calling home to tell the wife that the album’s done, and when he gets home from work he wants to take her on a nice vacation. Snoop Dogg, the family man.

While rap’s elder statesman may not hold the same influence and relevance that he did back in his heyday, Snoop’s proved that he’s still got plenty left in the tank and he still knows how to make a good rap record. Over his last couple albums it’s become evident that even though his style has matured, his approach remains the same. So has Snoop Dogg traded his 6-4 in for a minivan? Not yet, but you just might see him at an Apple Bee’s in the near future.



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ReturnToRock
March 8th 2010



3448 Comments


Good one, pos'd.

Snoop is one of the few rappers that I like.

alachlahol
March 8th 2010



7471 Comments


we can settle this like gentlemen or we can get into some gangster shit, have it your motherfuckin way

shortz
March 8th 2010



201 Comments


Good review, but a few things I'd like to point out:

"The album starts off with Snoop Dogg’s son phoning him to ask him to play that song that him and his friends like to drink to ..." It's not "drink to", it's "jerk to".

"Brandy’s smooth, bluesy voice perfectly compliments Pharrel’s falsetto and Snoop’s quiet confident." Is that suppose to be confidence? Or am I just reading it incorrectly?

"Snoop continues to keep it in the family with “Pronto” featuring his nephew Soulja Boy." If I'm not mistaken, he calls everyone his "nephew". I don't believe Soulja Boy is actually a relative.

And I disagree with: "I can’t help but feel that Snoop’s lost a step though, it took him three songs before we hear our first collaboration" This is just personal preference, but I feel a rapper is stronger when he doesn't rely on so many collabs (Busta Rhymes anyone?).

But I dug the last sentence.



Bulldog
March 8th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

*puffing pipe in a smoking robe listening to opera music*

Hmm, good review chap. BUT I DISHAGREE SHIR.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010



30873 Comments


My rating modestly shakes hands with your rating reviewer

Digging: FaltyDL - In The Wild

Bulldog
March 8th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Whoa whoa whoa. Deviant likes this album? *amazed*

Being the old school fan you are, I thought you would destroy this album.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010



30873 Comments


Yeah, but Snoop hasn't been relevant in a number of years imo. He's just been making simple and (sometimes) fun albums, this is one of his better ones of recent years

bloc
March 8th 2010



34675 Comments


Was this the guy in that Gorillaz song I like?

Digging: Anberlin - Lowborn

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010



30873 Comments


Yes

bloc
March 8th 2010



34675 Comments


I like his voice

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2010



30873 Comments


He's got a nice laid back drawl

JulesWin
March 8th 2010



993 Comments


"but Snoop hasn't been relevant in a number of years imo"

I tuned out after Doggystyle

Bulldog
March 8th 2010



3796 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

Doggystyle > anything else Snoop will ever (and has ever) done.

TheLetter4
October 9th 2010



61 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@shortz Thanks for pointing that out, I gotta change that. and I totally agree with you on that, I'm just making fun of the fact that Snoop's ALWAYS collaborating with ppl lol

Haven't been on in awhile...think I shuld start writing sum more reviews

qwe3
August 15th 2011



21353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

dude can still rap



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