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"Dead Man Walkin'" was the 2000 release from the Long Beach California-rasied rapper, Snoop Dogg. Due to the fact that Snoop had been signed to No Limit at the time of publication was significant, as this is a compilation of unreleased tracks from Snop whilst on the Dead Row record label, without the artists permission. All the tracks were recorded between 1993 and 1998, so it is highly varied in style and quality.
1. "May I"
This is a massively strong way to get things goign as you have a piece of quality material from Snoop getting things going, showing that he had a lot more potentinal in him than what was released in "Doggystyle", and "Tha Doggfather", not that they weren't great records from him.
Snoop gets his Crip Walk on with this one, showing that even Gs need to boogie, even if its just to send a message out to opposite gang members. It is a funky G-Funk tune, which you are bound to like if you wre into material from "Tha Doggfather", and that time in his career.
3. "Head Doctor"
I wouldn't havre said that this one is anywhere near as good as the majority of the tracks on the album, however it serves a perpose within this one since it has him showing a softer side whilst performing along with Raphael Saadiq and Swoop G. It adds to the variety pf the album, but isn't that good itself.
4. "Hit Rocks"
I would have to say that this one stands far out ahead of the rest of the tracks here as the best recording off the album. The resaon for this is the fact that it has Snoop produce as N***aracci with DJ Pooh with some funky G-Funk, and then Snoop kills it with suitable drug-related raps.
5. "Tommy Boy"
You get another top-quality track from Snoop as he gets his cousin, Daz to rap with him on a storytelling tune, set in the south. This one sounds to be a very early recording from him, from the way that he goes about delivering his lines, and the content within it all, however this isn't a bad thing as his debut could be argued to be the bst time in his career (in terms of its consistency and high standard).
6. "Change Gone Come"
Suddenly, things drop down again as you get a track which unlike most of the rest of the tracks, seems to be rather out-date, and has little relavence to todays (or 2000s) Hip Hop scence, and although I was a big fan of mid-ninetes West Coast Rap, it didn't really suit the trends of that ime either
7. "Too Black"
Obvisouly, with a title liek what is given is used, he is going to come up with something significant, and he does just this as he sends out some racially-motivaed rhymes in reference to how he feels peopel in his race aren't treated as equals to any others. Despite its thought-provoking contnet, it didn't really impact me too much.
8. "Gangsta Walk"
Here is a big track from Snoop and Tha Dogg Pond (Daz and Kurupt) and the pair come up with a killer track, in which they perform on a soft, smooth beat by the lead beatmaker from DPG. It seems to stick to as if it was a single, even though it wasn't. You shoudl look out for it if you are a fan of tunes from either act.
9. "County Blues"
Snoop is knwn for his ability to do just about anything, and in this one, along with harmonic-based prodcution, he raps the Blues, without it sounding too much of a struggle. It all comes naturally to Tha Top Dogg, and adds to the diversity of this album.
10. "I Will Survive"
Thsi one is a low-energy track, in which you get him gogin on some Soopafly production, and doign it with Kurupt, and some lesser known names in Techniec & Kevin Vernado, and they are decent, but nothing special. Snoop seems to be much better than he is, due to this signifcant contrast in ability.
11. "My Favorite Color"
Snoop raps about the colour black, and all which is associated with it, and so just as in "Too Black", Snoop chooses to slow things up and almost whisper his raps, making the listener attempt to get hear the words more carefully. Since theses are thought-provoking words from him, it was a good chice to do so.
12. "Me and My Doggs"
Snoop ends things in the right way by going for a funky G-Funk recording, and it is just the type of thing you associate with Snoop's Death Row days of rapping. His matches this great production with smooth, laid-back delivery, and it makes it all come together nicely.
This compilatory album is one which needed to come out, as it uncovered lots of previously unheard quality tracks from Snoop, and you are bound to like it all if you liked both "Doggystyle", and "Tha Doggfather", however I don't support the fact that it was released just to show Suge Knight's power over Snoop, despite not being signed to his label anymore.
As a massive Snoop Dogg fan I am always looking for his latest albums and when I heard that this one was coming out I just had to purchase it. This album has been released on Death Row records even though he left them to join No limits this was because all the tracks on this album were produced while e was still at Death Row so thy have all the rights to the songs. Even though this album has not been released in the shops yet in England have have managed to get it off the internet and it has been quite successful I have heard in the US. All the tracks on the album are unreleased so this album will be full of tracks no-one has heard off so the album will be a big surprise to most people. On the back cover it shows him in a coffin which would represent that his time at Death Row is dead. There is a big variety on the tracks with all of the tracks being different in many ways because you have tracks like Tommy Boythat have a more up tempo funky beat to them and you have tracks like C-Walkin that are slow and cold and have a purpose to tell a story about his life so you get all sorts on this album. My favorite track on the album is Head Doctor this is because it has a upbeat feel to it as well as being lyrically great and you have parts wrer thay just have lyrics so you get a goo combinaion and this could be said for many of the tracks on the album. The tracks on the album include May I C-Walkin Head Doctor Hit Rocks Tommy Boy(feat Daz) Change Gone Come Too Black Gangsta Walk(feat Daz & Kurupt) County Blues I Will Survive My Favorite Color Me and My Doggs As you can see from above that there are not many people actually in the tracks so it is an album that he has done by himself compared to his other albums like Tha Last Meal and Doggy Style were he did calaborations with a lot of different rap artists so if it does become massive he will get all the credit. This album is not his best i woul
d have too say but i would'nt say it is his worst album either because of the varieation of the tracks. I think that some of the better tracks on the album are Head Doctor As i said above it is an upbeat song combined with pure lyrics so it is a great combination. The lyrics have a meaning and paint a story which is very important in a rap song. In my opinion the best track on the album because it is one that contains everything and jut stands out. Tommy Boy Another one of the upbeat tracks on the album and he collaborates with Daz on this one so you have to different styles of voices which gives the track an edge. It has a constant beat that you can bop along to as well. You have the sound of a piano or synthesizer in the backgroung which stands out because he does'nt normally use these instruments in his tracks. In overall i think that the album would be a great buy even though some music critics have slated this it is still a fairly good album and covers a wide range of different styles and beats so it covers a wide audience. I would say it is not his best album but still has some great songs too listen too. Might have too wait a while for it to be released in England if it ever is but you can still get it off the internet.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 May I
3 Head Doctor
4 Hit Rocks
5 Tommy Boy
6 Change Gone Come
7 Too Black
8 Gangsta Walk
9 County Blues
10 I Will Survive
11 My Favorite Color
12 Me And My Doggs