- Snoop Dogg — Dead Man Walkin’
- Snoop Dogg — Tha Last Meal
- Ice Cube — AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted
- Tha Eastsidaz — Duces ‘n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way
- Snoop Doggy Dogg — Greatest Hits
- Bikini Kill — Reject All American
This is where Snoop starts to get his groove back: collaborating with Dre and other Death Row refugees, lasting long enough for Timbaland to exist, finishing off his No Limit phase. His albums with Tha Eastsidaz are underrated, the best-of is obviously good, and even the compilation of Death Row leftovers is nice, because I have a soft spot for leftovers— something about how casual and tossed-off they feel, just songs instead of someone’s grand statement. This was a good me-listening-to-Snoop-Dogg day. Although I’m a little burnt out, with no end in sight.
Ice Cube never stood out to me beyond a handful of highlights; something about him seemed… not generic, but like he was the baseline. He felt like ’90s West Coast gangsta rap minus whatever individual styles anyone else may have had. Not bad, just not a standout. His first album worked for me today because a) everything’s old now and has a time capsule quality, and b) the Bomb Squad were the real stars of the show.
And for the second day in a row, Bikini Kill was the necessary rebuttal that balanced out all the misogynistic gangsta rap I’d listened to all day and left me feeling normal again. This album’s good, but doesn’t hit as hard as their earlier stuff, because they’re meant to be a short, fast, strong punch to the gut, not a long-lasting band that evolves and has a back catalog. I’m glad they called it quits after this; anything else would’ve felt like dilution. I really like the title track, though.
- friend: you really need to go outside
- me: send me the link