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Our latest Tumblr obsession combines two loves: rappers and cereal
One Tumblr combines two loves: rap and sugary cereals.
It's probably known that the staff here at The Daily Meal has a soft spot for the rappers of today (um, especially the Hot Cheetos and Takis kids, although they kind of sold out). So our latest Tumblr obsession happens to take that and combine it with the stuff our childhoods were built on: sugary cereals.
Rappers & Cereal creates mishmashes of rap artists and old school cereals, with Drake holding a box of Frosted Drakes (featuring a smiling Drake with Tony the Tiger), Macklemore's Mackle-s'mores, and ASAP Rocky Road.
The blog artist, Brittany Meronek, is a freelance designer in Tampa, Fla., and took over the blog from a friend. "It's funny to see what gets popular," Meronek told Mashable, which notes that Snoop Dog (or, Snoop Lion?) even posted a photo of Snoop Loops to his Facebook page. That's already a mic drop in our book, but Meronek has kept going. Check out a couple of our favorites below, and keep an eye on the blog for new submissions.
Los Angeles rappers YG and Nipsey Hussle spearheaded the trend of anti-Trump songs when they released their boom-bap track “Fuck Donald Trump” in March 2016. Since then, a number of artists from a wide range of genres have followed suit, releasing their own resistance songs and proving just how widespread hatred for Trump is within the music industry.
Dave Eggers launched the musical project “1,000 Days, 1,000 Songs” (originally 30 Days, 30 Songs) last October, which consisted of songs from acts like Death Cab for Cutie and Local Natives that urged listeners not to vote for Trump. (After Trump was elected, the project changed its name and transitioned into a playlist featuring one motivational, inspirational song per day.)
About a month before the election, Eminem dropped the minimalist freestyle “Campaign Speech,” which includes a line intended to make Trump supporters think twice about their candidate of choice. “You say Trump don’t kiss ass like a puppet / ’Cause he runs his campaign with his own cash for the funding,” he raps. “And that’s what you wanted / A fuckin’ loose cannon who’s blunt with his hand on the button / Who doesn’t have to answer to no one? Great idea!”
Over Christmas, two artists used holiday songs to lambast Trump. Bon Iver drummer Matt McCaughan gave a nod to trump in his solo track, “Happy New Year (Prince Can’t Die Again)” with the line, “You could be any horrible thing and rise to the top of this shitheap,” while Fiona Apple performed a scathing rendition of Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” at a Standing Rock benefit concert. Instead of singing the classic lyrics, Apple swapped in some of her own, like “They know that Trump is on his way / He’s got Black boys in hoodies locked up on his sleigh.” Less than a month later, Apple released another tune calling out the Commander-in-Chief, this time for uttering his now-notorious catchphrase “Grab ’em by the pussy.” The track, called “Tiny Hands,” became an unofficial anthem for the Women’s March, with participants chanting “We don’t want your tiny hands / Anywhere near our underpants.”
The week of Trump’s election, artists released a deluge of protest songs against the incoming president. Sister duo CocoRosie urged listeners “to rise, shout, and burn the house down” in their fuzzy, electronic tune “Smoke ’em Out,” while Arcade Fire urged people to stick together during tough times in “I Give You Power.”
On Jan. 20, the day of Trump’s inauguration, New York rapper Joey Bada$, who also happened to be turning 22 that day, released the flashy, ’80s indictment, “Land of the Free.” Over a synthy beat, Bada$ relays the hardships of being Black in America and decries the country’s failed mass incarceration system. Unlike Arcade Fire, which doesn’t reference Trump by name in “I Give You Power,” Bada$ has no such reservations. “Donald Trump is not equipped to take this country over,” he says in the track. “Let’s face the fact, ’cause we know what’s the real motive.”
In fact, Trump’s inauguration even motivated a band who hadn’t released new music in six years to drop a song. Titled “Hallelujah Money,” the psych-electronica tune by the Gorillaz blasts Trump in vague, poetic terms and exhorts listeners to embrace money as their new god, so as to highlight the influence that wealth has on our country’s politics.
Even though Trump’s now firmly ensconced in the highest office in the nation, musicians are still voicing their disapproval of him and churning out negative songs. A few weeks ago, Maryland rapper Logic released his first-ever political song, “America.” Over a looped sample, the 27-year-old spits lines about how white power dominates in the U.S. and how ludicrously easy it is to obtain a gun. He disses George Bush and Trump — “George Bush don’t care about Black people / 2017 and Donald Trump is the sequel” — and he throws Kanye West under the bus for initially voicing support for the Donald — “Shit, I’ll say what Kanye won’t / Wake the fuck up and give the people what they want.”
Perhaps the most entertaining musical work that’s come out of Trump’s election is the parody music video for BadBadNotGood’s Snoop Dogg-featured track, “Lavender.” Set in a fictional world where everyone is a clown and Snoop Dogg does infomercials for a cereal called Snoop Loops, the video includes a Trump impersonator named Ronald Klump, who holds a press conference to announce the deportation of all dogs. Later, Snoop holds a gun up to the Clown-in-Chief’s head and fires, resulting in the release of a flag that says “Bang!” instead of a real bullet. The video ends on a cliffhanger showing Klump in chains and Snoop and his homies smoking weed and dancing by their lowriders.
The hyperbolic project — which director Jesse Wellens came up with while smoking weed — ended up eliciting a response from Trump himself, who tweeted: “Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!”
But while Trump may make threats, it’s clear his intimidation tactics have no hold on the music community. In April, Bruce Springsteen released the soaring classic rock gem “That’s What Makes Us Great” in a bid to remind listeners of all the good in our country and the power that we have to “turn this thing around / Before it gets too late.”
And just this month, indie duo HDLSS released its first single, “False Flag,” which celebrates hackers and whistleblowers, whom the band believes could be key in bringing down the Trump administration.
With one of the lowest presidential approval ratings in history, it’s clear that many people are unhappy with our head of state — and it’s likely the music being made in his disfavor has something to do with this. Never before has one president served as muse to so many works of art in such a short period of time. Artists across genres are contributing tunes to the movement, and a growing number of young musicians — like YG, Local Natives, and Kyle Craft — are becoming politically vocal for the first times. No longer relegated to hippie lore or basement punk shows, resistance songs are so popular they’re becoming necessary additions to any band’s discography. Regardless of age or genre, it’s now cool to make political references in music, and so long as Trump is in office, the sonic vitriol will keep coming.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. was born in Long Beach, California to Vernall Varnado and Beverly Broadus (née Tate).   Vernall, who was a Vietnam War veteran, singer, and mail carrier, left the family only three months after Calvin's birth, and thus he was named after his stepfather, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Sr.  His father remained largely absent from his life. As a boy, his parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" due to his love and likeness of the cartoon character from Peanuts.  He was the second of his mother's three sons. His mother and stepfather divorced in 1975.  When Broadus was very young, he began singing and playing piano at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping.   As a child, Broadus sold candy, delivered newspapers, and bagged groceries to help his family make ends meet. He was described as having been a dedicated student and enthusiastic churchgoer, active in choir and football. Broadus said in 1993 that he began engaging in unlawful activities and joining gangs in his teenage years, despite his mother's preventative efforts. 
Broadus would frequently rap in school. As he recalled: "When I rapped in the hallways at school I would draw such a big crowd that the principal would think there was a fight going on. It made me begin to realize that I had a gift. I could tell that my raps interested people and that made me interested in myself." 
As a teenager, Broadus frequently ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin' 20s Crips gang in the Eastside neighborhood of Long Beach  although in 1993 he denied the frequent police and media reports by saying that he never joined a gang.  Shortly after graduating from high school at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1989, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, and for the next three years, was frequently incarcerated, including at Wayside Jail.  With his two cousins Nate Dogg and Lil' ½ Dead and friend Warren G, Snoop recorded homemade tapes the four called their group 213 after the area code of their native Long Beach at that time. One of Snoop's early solo freestyles over "Hold On" by En Vogue was on a mixtape that fortuitously wound up with Dr. Dre the influential producer was so impressed by the sample that he called Snoop to audition. Former N.W.A affiliate The D.O.C. taught him to structure his lyrics and separate the themes into verses, hooks, and choruses. 
When he began recording, Broadus took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dr. Dre began working with him, first on the theme song of the 1992 film Deep Cover and then on Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic along with the other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound. This intense exposure played a considerable part in making Snoop Dogg's debut album, Doggystyle, the critical and commercial success that it was. 
Fueling the ascendance of West Coast G-funk hip hop, the singles "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Gin and Juice" reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months.  Gangsta rap became the center of arguments about censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians.  Unlike much of the harder-edged gangsta rap artists, Snoop Dogg seemed to show his softer side, according to music journalist Chuck Philips. Rolling Stone music critic Touré asserted that Snoop had a relatively soft vocal delivery compared to other rappers: "Snoop's vocal style is part of what distinguishes him: where many rappers scream, figuratively and literally, he speaks softly."  Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and others.
A short film about Snoop Dogg's murder trial, Murder Was the Case, was released in 1994, along with an accompanying soundtrack. On July 6, 1995, Doggy Style Records, Inc., a record label founded by Snoop Dogg, was registered with the California Secretary of State as business entity number C1923139. 
Broadus was acquitted of his murder charge on February 20, 1996. According to Broadus, after he was acquitted he did not want to continue living the "gangsta" lifestyle, because he felt that continuing his behavior would result in his assassination or a prison term.  
After his acquittal, he, the mother of his son, and their kennel of 20 pit bulls moved into a 5,000-square-foot (460 m 2 ) home in the hills of Claremont, California and by August 1996 Doggy Style Records, a subsidiary of Death Row Records, signed the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson as one of its first artists.  He collaborated with fellow rap artist Tupac Shakur on the 1996 single "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted". This was one of Shakur's last songs while alive he was shot on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas, dying six days later.
By the time Snoop Dogg's second album, Tha Doggfather, was released in November 1996, the price of appearing to live the gangsta life had become very evident. Among the many notable hip hop industry deaths and convictions were the death of Snoop Dogg's friend and labelmate Tupac Shakur and the racketeering indictment of Death Row co-founder Suge Knight.  Dr. Dre had left Death Row earlier in 1996 because of a contract dispute, so Snoop Dogg co-produced Tha Doggfather with Daz Dillinger and DJ Pooh.
This album featured a distinct change of style from Doggystyle, and the leadoff single, "Snoop's Upside Ya Head", featured a collaboration with Charlie Wilson. The album sold reasonably well but was not as successful as its predecessor. Tha Doggfather had a somewhat softer approach to the G-funk style. After Dr. Dre withdrew from Death Row Records, Snoop realized that he was subject to an ironclad time-based contract (i.e., that Death Row practically owned anything he produced for a number of years), and refused to produce any more tracks for Suge Knight other than the insulting "Fuck Death Row" until his contract expired.  In an interview with Neil Strauss in 1998, Snoop Dogg said that though he had been given lavish gifts by his former label, they had withheld his royalty payments. 
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said that after Tha Doggfather, Snoop Dogg began "moving away from his gangsta roots toward a calmer lyrical aesthetic":  for instance, Snoop participated in the 1997 Lollapalooza concert tour, which featured mainly alternative rock music. Troy J. Augusto of Variety noticed that Snoop's set at Lollapalooza attracted "much dancing, and, strangely, even a small mosh pit" in the audience. 
Snoop signed with Master P's No Limit Records (distributed by Priority/EMI Records) in March 1998 and debuted on the label with Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told later that year. He said at the time that "Snoop Dogg is universal so he can fit into any camp-especially a camp that knows how to handmake shit [a]nd, No Limit hand makes material. They make material fittin' to the artist and they know what type of shit Snoop Dogg is supposed to be on. That's why it's so tight." [sic]  His other albums on No Limit were No Limit Top Dogg in 1999 (selling over 1,510,000 copies) and Tha Last Meal in 2000 (selling over 2,100,000).  In 1999, his autobiography, Tha Doggfather, was published.
In 2002, he released the album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$, on Priority/Capitol/EMI, selling over 1,310,000 copies. The album featured the hit singles "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" and "Beautiful", featuring guest vocals by Pharrell. By this stage in his career, Snoop Dogg had left behind his "gangster" image and embraced a "pimp" image.
In June 2004, Snoop signed to Geffen Records/Star Trak Entertainment, both distributed by Interscope Records Star Trak is headed by producer duo the Neptunes,  which produced several tracks for Snoop's 2004 release R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. "Drop It Like It's Hot" (featuring Pharrell), the first single released from the album, was a hit and became Snoop Dogg's first single to reach number one. His third release was "Signs", featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, which entered the UK chart at No. 2. This was his highest entry ever in the UK chart. The album sold 1,730,000 copies in the U.S. alone, and most of its singles were heavily played on radio and television. Snoop Dogg joined Warren G and Nate Dogg to form the group 213 and released The Hard Way in 2004. Debuting at No.4 on the Billboard 200 and No.1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, it included the single "Groupie Luv". Snoop Dogg appeared in the music video for Korn's "Twisted Transistor" along with fellow rappers Lil Jon, Xzibit, and David Banner,
Snoop Dogg appeared on two tracks from Ice Cube's 2006 album Laugh Now, Cry Later, including "Go to Church", and on several tracks on Tha Dogg Pound's Cali Iz Active the same year. His song "Real Talk" was leaked on the Internet in the summer of 2006 and a video was later released on the Internet. "Real Talk" was dedicated to former Crips leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams and a diss to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California. Two other singles on which Snoop made a guest performance were "Keep Bouncing" by Too $hort (also with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas) and "Gangsta Walk" by Coolio.
Snoop's 2006 album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment debuted on the Billboard 200 at No.5 and sold over 850,000 copies. The album and the second single "That's That Shit" featuring R. Kelly were well received by critics. In the album, he collaborated in a video with E-40 and other West Coast rappers on the single "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)".
In July 2007, Snoop Dogg made history by becoming the first artist to release a track as a ringtone before its release as a single, "It's the D.O.G." On July 7, 2007, Snoop Dogg performed at the Live Earth concert, Hamburg.  Snoop Dogg has ventured into singing for Bollywood with his first ever rap for an Indian movie, Singh Is Kinng the song title is also "Singh is Kinng". He appears in the movie as himself.  The album featuring the song was released on June 8, 2008 on Junglee Music Records.  He released his ninth studio album, Ego Trippin' (selling 400,000 copies in the U.S.), along with the first single, "Sexual Eruption". The single peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 100, featuring Snoop using autotune. The album featured production from QDT (Quik-Dogg-Teddy).
Snoop was appointed an executive position at Priority Records. His tenth studio album, Malice n Wonderland, was released on December 8, 2009. The first single from the album, "Gangsta Luv", featuring The-Dream, peaked at No.35 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album debuted at No.23 on the Billboard 200, selling 61,000 copies its first week, making it his lowest charting album. His third single, "I Wanna Rock", peaked at No.41 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single from Malice n Wonderland, titled "Pronto", featuring Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, was released on iTunes on December 1, 2009. Snoop re-released the album under the name More Malice.
Snoop collaborated with Katy Perry on "California Gurls", the first single from her album Teenage Dream, which was released on May 7, 2010.  Snoop can also be heard on the track "Flashing" by Dr. Dre and on Curren$y's song "Seat Change". He was also featured on a new single from Australian singer Jessica Mauboy, titled "Get 'em Girls" (released September 2010). Snoop's latest effort was backing American recording artist, Emii, on her second single entitled "Mr. Romeo" (released October 26, 2010 as a follow-up to "Magic"). Snoop also collaborated with American comedy troupe the Lonely Island in their song "Turtleneck & Chain", in their 2011 album Turtleneck & Chain.
Snoop Dogg's eleventh studio album is Doggumentary. The album went through several tentative titles including Doggystyle 2: Tha Doggumentary and Doggumentary Music: 0020 before being released under the final title Doggumentary during March 2011.  Snoop was featured on Gorillaz' album Plastic Beach on a track called: "Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach" with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, he also completed another track with them entitled "Sumthing Like This Night" which does not appear on Plastic Beach, yet does appear on Doggumentary. He also appears on the latest Tech N9ne album All 6's and 7's (released June 7, 2011) on a track called "Pornographic" which also features E-40 and Krizz Kaliko.
On February 4, 2012, Snoop Dogg announced a documentary, Reincarnated, alongside his new upcoming studio album entitled Reincarnated. The film was released March 21, 2013 with the album slated for release April 23, 2013. On July 20, 2012, Snoop Dogg released a new reggae single, "La La La" under the pseudonym Snoop Lion.  Three other songs were also announced to be on the album: "No Guns Allowed", "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks", and "Harder Times". 
On July 31, 2012, Snoop introduced a new stage name, Snoop Lion. He told reporters that he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafari priest in Jamaica.  In response to Frank Ocean coming out, Snoop said hip hop was ready to accept a gay rapper.  Snoop recorded an original song for the 2012 fighting game Tekken Tag Tournament 2, titled "Knocc 'Em Down" and makes a special appearance as a non-playable character in "The Snoop Dogg Stage" arena.  
In September of the same year, Snoop released a compilation of electronic music entitled Loose Joints under the moniker DJ Snoopadelic, stating the influence of George Clinton's Funkadelic.  In an interview with The Fader magazine, Snoop stated "Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg, DJ Snoopadelic—they only know one thing: make music that's timeless and bangs."  In December 2012, Snoop released his second single from Reincarnated, "Here Comes the King". It was also announced that Snoop worked a deal with RCA Records to release Reincarnated in early 2013.  Also in December 2012, Snoop Dogg released a That's My Work a collaboration rap mixtape with Tha Dogg Pound. 
In an interview with Hip Hop Weekly on June 17, producer Symbolyc One (S1) announced that Snoop was working on his final album under his rap moniker Snoop Dogg "I've been working with Snoop, he's actually working on his last solo album as Snoop Dogg."  In September 2013 Snoop released a collaboration album with his sons as Tha Broadus Boyz titled Royal Fam.  On October 28, 2013, Snoop Dogg released another mixtape entitled That's My Work 2 hosted by DJ Drama.  Snoop formed a funk duo with musician Dâm-Funk called 7 Days of Funk and released their eponymous debut album on December 10, 2013.
In August 2014, a clip surfaced online featuring a sneak preview of a song Snoop had recorded for Pharrell.  Snoop's Pharrell Williams-produced album Bush was released on May 12, 2015,  with the first single "Peaches N Cream" having been released on March 10, 2015.
On June 13, 2016, Snoop Dogg announced the release date for his album Coolaid, which was released on July 1, 2016.  He headlined a "unity party" for donors at Philly's Electric Factory on July 28, 2016, the last day of the Democratic National Convention.  Released March 1, 2017 through his own Doggy Style Records, "Promise You This" precedes the release of his upcoming Coolaid film based on the album of the same name. Snoop Dogg released his fifteenth studio album Neva Left in May 2017. 
He released a gospel album titled Bible of Love on March 16, 2018.   Snoop was featured on Gorillaz' latest album The Now Now on a track called: "Hollywood" with Jamie Principle.  In November 2018, Snoop Dogg announced plans for his Puff Puff Pass tour, which features Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Too $hort, Warren G, Kurupt, and others. The tour ran from November 24 to January 5. 
Snoop Dogg was featured on Lil Dicky's April 2019 single Earth, where he played the role of a marijuana plant in both the song's lyrics and animated video.  On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Snoop Dogg among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.  On July 3, 2019, Snoop Dogg released the title track from his upcoming 17th studio album, I Wanna Thank Me.   The album was released on August 16, 2019.  Snoop Dogg collaborated with Vietnamese singer Son Tung M-TP in "Hãy trao cho anh" ("Give it to Me"), which was officially released on July 1, 2019.  As of October 3, 2019, the music video has amassed over 158 million views on YouTube.
Early in 2020, it was announced that Snoop had rescheduled his tour in support of his I Wanna Thank You album and documentary of the same name. The tour has been rescheduled to commence in February 2021.  In May 2020, Snoop released the song "Que Maldicion", a collaboration with Banda Sinaloense de Sergio Lizarraga, peaking at number one on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100. 
On April 20, 2021, Snoop Dogg released his eighteenth studio album From tha Streets 2 tha Suites. It was announced on April 7, 2021, via Instagram.  The album received generally positive reviews from critics.
Snoop Dogg has appeared in numerous films and television episodes throughout his career. His starring roles in film includes The Wash (with Dr. Dre) and the horror film Bones. He also co-starred with rapper Wiz Khalifa in the 2012 movie Mac and Devin Go to High School which a sequel has been announced.  He has had various supporting and cameo roles in film, including Half Baked, Training Day, Starsky & Hutch, and Brüno.
He has starred in three television programs: sketch-comedy show Doggy Fizzle Televizzle,  variety show Dogg After Dark,  and reality show Snoop Dogg's Father Hood (also starring Snoop's wife and children).  He has starred in episodes of King of the Hill, Las Vegas, and Monk, one episode of Robot Chicken,  as well as three episodes of One Life to Live.  He has participated in three Comedy Central Roasts, for Flavor Flav, Donald Trump, and Justin Bieber. Cameo television appearances include episodes of The L Word, Weeds, Entourage, I Get That a Lot, Monk, and The Price Is Right. He has also appeared in an episode of the YouTube video series, Epic Rap Battles of History as Moses. 
In 2000, Snoop (as "Michael J. Corleone") directed Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle, a pornographic film produced by Hustler. The film, combining hip hop with x-rated material, was a huge success and won "Top Selling Release of the Year" at the 2002 AVN Awards.  Snoop then directed Snoop Dogg's Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp in 2002 (using the nickname "Snoop Scorsese"). 
Snoop founded his own production company, Snoopadelic Films, in 2005. Their debut film was Boss'n Up, a film inspired by Snoop Dogg's album R&G, starring Lil Jon and Trina. 
On March 30, 2008 he appeared at WrestleMania XXIV as a Master of Ceremonies for a tag team match between Maria and Ashley Massaro as they took on Beth Phoenix and Melina.  At WrestleMania 32, he accompanied his cousin Sasha Banks to the ring for her match, rapping over her theme music. He was also inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016. 
In December 2013, Snoop performed at the annual Kennedy Center Honors concert, honoring jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. After his performance, Snoop credited Hancock with "inventing hip-hop". 
On several occasions, Snoop has appeared at the Players Ball in support of Bishop Don Magic Juan.   Juan appeared on Snoop's videos for "Boss Playa", "A.D.I.D.A.C.", "P.I.M.P. (Remix)", "Nuthin' Without Me" and "A Pimp's Christmas Song."
In January 2016, a Change.org petition was created in the hopes of having Dogg narrate the entire Planet Earth series. The petition comes after Snoop narrated a number of nature clips on Jimmy Kimmel Live! 
In April 2016, Snoop Dogg performed "Straight outta Compton" and "Fuck tha Police" at Coachella, during a reunion of N.W.A. members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and MC Ren. 
He hosted a Basketball fundraiser "Hoops 4 Water" for Flint, Michigan.  The event occurred on May 21, 2016 and was run by former Toronto Raptors star and Flint native Morris Peterson. 
In the fall of 2016, VH1 premiered a new show featuring Snoop Dogg and his friend Martha Stewart called Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party, featuring games, recipes, and musical guests.  Snoop Dogg and Stewart also later starred together in a Super Bowl commercial for T-Mobile during Super Bowl LI in February 2017. 
Snoop currently hosts a revival of The Joker's Wild, which spent its first two seasons on TBS before moving to TNT in January 2019.  He is set to be in the upcoming SpongeBob Squarepants film in an undisclosed role. 
Snoop has also created a fried chicken recipe, with barbecue flavor potato chips as an added ingredient in the batter. 
In early 2020, Snoop Dogg launched his debut wine release, under the name "Snoop Cali Red", in a partnership with the Australian wine brand, 19 Crimes. The red wine blend features Snoop's face on the label. 
Snoop provided commentary for Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr., who some pundits described as having "won" the night through his colorful commentary and reactions.  At one point, Snoop described Tyson and Jones as "like two of my uncles fighting at the barbecue" he also began singing a hymn, Take My Hand, Precious Lord, during the undercard fight between Jake Paul and Nate Robinson, after Robinson was knocked down. 
Snoop made a special guest appearance in All Elite Wrestling on the January 6, 2021 episode of AEW Dynamite, titled New Year's Smash.   During this appearance, Snoop appeared in the corner of Cody Rhodes during Rhodes' match with Matt Sydal. He later gave Serpentico a Frog Splash, with Rhodes then delivering a three-count. 
Kool Moe Dee ranks Snoop at No. 33 in his book There's a God on the Mic, and says he has "an ultra-smooth, laidback delivery"  and "flavor-filled melodic rhyming". 
Peter Shapiro describes Snoop's delivery as a "molasses drawl"  and AllMusic notes his "drawled, laconic rhyming" style.  Kool Moe Dee refers to Snoop's use of vocabulary, saying he "keeps it real simple. he simplifies it and he's effective in his simplicity". 
Snoop is known to freestyle some of his lyrics on the spot – in the book How to Rap, Lady of Rage says, "When I worked with him earlier in his career, that's how created his stuff. he would freestyle, he wasn't a writer then, he was a freestyler,"  and The D.O.C. states, "Snoop's [rap] was a one take willy, but his shit was all freestyle. He hadn't written nothing down. He just came in and started busting. The song was "Tha Shiznit"—that was all freestyle. He started busting and when we got to the break, Dre cut the machine off, did the chorus and told Snoop to come back in. He did that throughout the record. That's when Snoop was in the zone then." 
Peter Shapiro says that Snoop debuted on "Deep Cover" with a "shockingly original flow – which sounded like a Slick Rick born in South Carolina instead of South London"  and adds that he "showed where his style came from by covering Slick Rick's 'La Di Da Di'".  Referring to Snoop's flow, Kool Moe Dee calls him "one of the smoothest, funkiest flow-ers in the game".  How to Rap also notes that Snoop is known to use syncopation in his flow to give it a laidback quality,  as well as 'linking with rhythm' in his compound rhymes,  using alliteration,  and employing a "sparse" flow with good use of pauses. 
Snoop popularized the use of -izzle speak particularly in the pop and hip-hop music industry.  A type of infix, it first found popularity when used by Frankie Smith in his 1981 hit song Double Dutch Bus. 
Snoop married his high school girlfriend, Shante Taylor, on June 12, 1997. On May 21, 2004, he filed for divorce from Taylor, citing irreconcilable differences.  The couple renewed their wedding vows on January 12, 2008.  They have three children together: sons Cordé (born August 21, 1994) and Cordell (born February 21, 1997), who quit football to pursue a career as a film maker, and daughter Cori (born June 22, 1999).  Snoop also has a son from a relationship with Laurie Holmond, Julian Corrie Broadus (born 1998). He is a first cousin of R&B singers Brandy and Ray J,  and WWE professional wrestler Sasha Banks.  In 2015 Snoop became a grandfather, as his eldest son, Cordé Broadus, had a son with his girlfriend, Jessica Kyzer.  Cordé had another son, Kai, who died on September 25, 2019, ten days after birth. 
Since the start of his career, Snoop has been an avowed cannabis smoker, making it one of the trademarks of his image. In 2002, he announced he was giving up cannabis for good  that did not last long (a situation famously referenced in the 2004 Adam Sandler movie 50 First Dates) and in 2013, he claimed to be smoking approximately 80 cannabis blunts a day.  He has been certified for medical cannabis in California to treat migraines since at least 2007.   
Snoop claimed in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone magazine that unlike other hip hop artists who had superficially adopted the pimp persona, he was an actual professional pimp in 2003 and 2004, saying, "That shit was my natural calling and once I got involved with it, it became fun. It was like shootin' layups for me. I was makin' 'em every time." He went on to say that on the advice of some of the pimps he knew, he eventually gave up pimping to spend more time with his family. 
Snoop is an avid sports fan, including hometown teams Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, and USC Trojans, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers.  He has stated that he began following the Steelers in the 1970s while watching the team with his grandfather.  He is also a fan of the Las Vegas Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys, often wearing a No. 5 jersey, and has been seen at Raiders training camps.  He has shown affection for the New England Patriots, having been seen performing at Gillette Stadium.   He is an avid ice hockey fan,  sporting jerseys from the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins as well at the AHL's Springfield Indians in his 1994 music video "Gin and Juice". On his reality show Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, Snoop and his family received hockey lessons from the Anaheim Ducks, then returned to the Honda Center to cheer on the Ducks against the Vancouver Canucks in the episode "Snow in da Hood".  Snoop appeared in the video game NHL 20 as both a guest commentator and a playable character in the "World of Chel" game mode. 
Snoop is a certified football coach and has been head coach of his son Cordell's youth football teams.   Cordell played wide receiver and defensive back at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, Cordell played on the 2014 state championship team, and received football scholarship offers from Southern California, UCLA, Washington, Cal, Oregon State, Duke, and Notre Dame.      Cordell committed and signed a letter of intent to play for UCLA on February 4, 2015.  On August 14, 2015, UCLA announced that Cordell had left the UCLA football team "to pursue other passions in his life". 
Since 2005, Snoop Dogg has been operating a youth football league in the Los Angeles area. He is a coach in the league, and one of the seasons he coached was documented in the Netflix documentary Coach Snoop.
In 2009, it was reported that Snoop was a member of the Nation of Islam. On March 1, he made an appearance at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours' Day holiday, where he praised minister Louis Farrakhan. Snoop said he was a member of the Nation, but declined to give the date on which he joined. He also donated $1,000 to the organization.   
Claiming to be "born again" in 2012, Snoop converted to the Rastafari movement,     switched the focus of his music to reggae  and changed his name to Snoop Lion after a trip to Jamaica. He released a reggae album, Reincarnated, saying, "I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated". 
In January 2013, he received criticism from members of the Rastafari community in Jamaica, including reggae artist Bunny Wailer, for alleged failure to meet his commitments to the culture.  Snoop later dismissed the claims, stating his beliefs were personal and not up for outside judgment.  Wailer is credited for giving Snoop the name "Lion". [ citation needed ]
After releasing Bible of Love in early 2018 and performing in the 33rd Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, Snoop Dogg told a TV One interviewer while speaking of his Gospel influences that he "always referred to [his] savior Jesus Christ" on most of his records, and that he had become "a born-again Christian". 
Dogg partners with city officials and annually gives away turkeys to the less fortunate in Inglewood, California at Thanksgiving. He gave away 3000 turkeys in 2016. 
In 2012, Snoop Dogg endorsed Representative Ron Paul in the Republican presidential primary,  but later said he would vote for Barack Obama in the general election, and on Instagram gave ten reasons to vote for Obama (including "He a black nigga", "He's BFFs with Jay-Z", and "Michelle got a fat ass"), and ten reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney (including "He a white nigga", "That muthafucka's name is Mitt", and "He a ho"). 
In a 2013 interview with The Huffington Post, Snoop Dogg advocated for same-sex marriage, saying, “People can do what they want and as they please." 
In his keynote address at the 2015 South by Southwest music festival, he blamed Los Angeles's explosion of gang violence in the 1980s on the economic policies of Ronald Reagan, and insinuated that his administration shipped guns and drugs into the area. 
He endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live in May 2015, saying, "I would love to see a woman in office because I feel like we're at that stage in life to where we need a perspective other than the male's train of thought"  and "[. ] just to have a woman speaking from a global perspective as far as representing America, I'd love to see that. So I'll be voting for Mrs. Clinton." 
Following the deadly shooting of five police officers in Dallas on July 7, 2016, Snoop Dogg and The Game organized and led a peaceful march to the Los Angeles Police Department headquarters.   The subsequent private meeting with the mayor Eric Garcetti and police chief Charlie Beck, and news conference was, according to Broadus, "[. ] to get some dialogue and the communication going [. ]".  The march and conference were part of an initiative called "Operation H.U.N.T. ", serving as a police brutality protest in response to the police shooting and killing of two black men, Philando Castile and Alton Sterling,  whose killing prompted nationwide protests including those that led to the Dallas killing of police officers. Broadus stated that "We are tired of what is going on and it's communication that is lacking".  Reports of attendance range between 50–100 people.    
Snoop Dogg advocates for the defunding of police departments, saying "We need to start taking that money out of their pocket and put it back into our communities where we can police ourselves."  He endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden for President of the United States. 
Snoop Dogg regularly appears in real fur garments, especially large coats, for which he attracts criticism from animal welfare charities and younger audiences. In a video podcast in 2012, the rapper asked "Why doesn't PETA throw paint on a pimp's fur coat".  In 2014, Snoop Dogg claimed to have become a vegan, although he was filmed wearing fur less than a year later.  [ failed verification ] In June 2018, he performed at the Environmental Media Association (EMA) Honors Gala. While he was performing, the logo for Beyond Meat was displayed on the screens behind him.  In 2020, Snoop Dogg invested in vegan food company Original Foods, which makes Pigless Pork Rinds, which he has said are a favorite.  He is an ambassador for vegan brand Beyond Meat. 
Broadus has been an active entrepreneur and investor. In 2009, he was appointed creative chairman of Priority Records. 
In May 2013, Broadus and his brand manager Nick Adler released an app, Snoopify, that lets users plaster stickers of Snoop's face, joints or a walrus hat on photos. Adler built the app in May after discovering stickers in Japan. As of 2015, the app was generating $30,000 in weekly sales. 
In October 2014, Reddit raised $50 million in a funding round led by Sam Altman and including investors Marc Andreessen, Peter Thiel, Ron Conway, Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto.  
In April 2015, Broadus became a minority investor in his first investment venture Eaze, a California-based weed delivery startup that promises to deliver medical marijuana to persons' doorsteps in less than 10 minutes.   
In October 2015, Broadus launched his new digital media business, Merry Jane, that focuses on news about marijuana. "Merry Jane is cannabis 2.0", he said in a promotional video for the media source. "A crossroads of pot culture, business, politics, health." 
In November 2015, Broadus announced his new brand of cannabis products, Leafs By Snoop. The line of branded products includes marijuana flowers, concentrates and edibles. "Leafs By Snoop is truly the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world and proud to be a pioneer", Snoop Dogg said. "LBS is blazing a trail for the industry." In such a way, Broadus became the first major celebrity to brand and market a line of legal marijuana products. 
On March 30, 2016, Broadus was reported to be considering purchasing the famed soul food restaurant chain Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles out of bankruptcy. 
In 2019, Snoop Dogg ventured into the video game business, creating his own Esports league. He named it the "Gangsta Gaming League".  
At the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival on May 26, 2018, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Kendall Coleman, Kim Kaechele and Michael Voltaggio set the Guinness World Record for the largest paradise cocktail. Measuring 550 liters (150 U.S. gal 120 imp gal), the "Gin and Juice" drink was mixed from 180 1.75-liter (0.46 U.S. gal 0.38 imp gal) bottles of gin, 156 1-liter (0.26 U.S. gal 0.22 imp gal) bottles of apricot brandy and 28 1-U.S.-gallon (3.8 L 0.83 imp gal) jugs of orange juice.  
Time reported its total volume as ". more than 132 gallons, according to Guinness. ", following with an embedded tweet by Liam Mayclem via GWR (the Guinness World Records' official Twitter account), showing a reply from GWR to its own tweet stating "[t]he cocktail contained 180 bottles of Hendricks gin, 154 bottles of apricot brandy and 38 3.78 litre jugs of orange juice. " 
Mixmag, NME and USA Today published the same content quantities as GWR's tweet.    with Mixmag reporting that "[a]ccording to Guinness the cocktail measured at 132 gallons."  NME states that the total volume was ". more than 132 gallons"  and USA Today's European website states that "[a] Guinness World Records official was on hand to certify the record of the 550 liter cocktail." 
Billboard published that ". the concoction required 180 handles of Hendricks gin, resulting in a gigantic beverage. ". 
Shortly after graduating from high school in 1989, Broadus was arrested for possession of cocaine and for the following three years was frequently in and out of prison.  In 1990, he was convicted of felony possession of drugs and possession for sale. 
While recording Doggystyle in August 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested in connection with the death of a member of a rival gang who was allegedly shot and killed by Snoop Dogg's bodyguard Snoop Dogg had been temporarily living in an apartment complex in the Palms neighborhood in the West Los Angeles region, in the intersection of Vinton Avenue and Woodbine Street - the location of the shooting. Both men were charged with murder, as Snoop Dogg was purportedly driving the vehicle from which the gun was fired. Johnnie Cochran defended them.  Both Snoop Dogg and his bodyguard were acquitted in February 20, 1996. 
In July 1993, Snoop Dogg was stopped for a traffic violation and a firearm was found by police during a search of his car. In February 1997, he pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun and was ordered to record three public service announcements, pay a $1,000 fine, and serve three years' probation.   
In September 2006, Snoop Dogg was detained at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California by airport security, after airport screeners found a collapsible police baton in Snoop's carry-on bag. Donald Etra, Snoop's lawyer, told deputies the baton was a prop for a musical sketch. Snoop was sentenced to three years' probation and 160 hours of community service for the incident starting in September 2007.  Snoop Dogg was arrested again in October 2006 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank after being stopped for a traffic infraction he was arrested for possession of a firearm and for suspicion of transporting an unspecified amount of marijuana, according to a police statement.  The following month, after taping an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he was arrested again for possession of marijuana, cocaine and a firearm. Two members of Snoop's entourage, according to the Burbank police statement, were admitted members of the Rollin 20's Crips gang, and were arrested on separate charges.  In April 2007, he was given a three-year suspended sentence, five years' probation, and 800 hours of community service after pleading no contest to two felony charges of drug and gun possession by a convicted felon. He was also prohibited from hiring anyone with a criminal record or gang affiliation as a security guard or a driver. 
On April 26, 2006, Snoop Dogg and members of his entourage were arrested after being turned away from British Airways' first class lounge at Heathrow Airport in London, England. Snoop and his party were denied entry to the lounge due to some members flying in economy class. After being escorted outside, the group got in a fight with the police and vandalized a duty-free shop.  Seven police officers were injured during the incident. After a night in jail, Snoop and the other men were released on bail the next day, but he was unable to perform a scheduled concert in Johannesburg.  On May 15, the Home Office decided that Snoop Dogg would be denied entry to the United Kingdom for the foreseeable future, and his British visa was denied the following year.    As of March 2010, Snoop Dogg was allowed back into the UK.  The entire group was banned from British Airways "for the foreseeable future”. 
In April 2007, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship banned him from entering the country on character grounds, citing his prior criminal convictions.  He had been scheduled to appear at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards on April 29, 2007.  The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship lifted the ban in September 2008 and had granted him a visa to tour Australia. The DIAC said: "In making this decision, the department weighed his criminal convictions against his previous behaviour while in Australia, recent conduct – including charity work – and any likely risk to the Australian community . We took into account all relevant factors and, on balance, the department decided to grant the visa." 
Snoop was banned from entering Norway for two years in July 2012 after entering the country the month before in possession of 8 grams (0.3 oz) of marijuana and an undeclared 227,000 kr in cash, or about US$24,900 as of August 2018.   
Snoop Dogg, after performing for a concert in Uppsala, Sweden on July 25, 2015, was pulled over and detained by Swedish police for allegedly using illegal drugs, violating a Swedish law enacted in 1988, which criminalized the recreational use of such substances – therefore making even being under the influence of any illegal/controlled substance a crime itself without possession. During the detention, he was taken to the police station to perform a drug test and was released shortly afterwards. The rapid test was positive for traces of narcotics, and he was potentially subject to fines depending on the results of more detailed analysis.   Although final results "strongly" indicated drug use, the charges were ultimately dropped because it could not be proven that he was in Sweden when he consumed the substances.  The rapper uploaded several videos on the social networking site Instagram, criticizing the police for alleged racial profiling police spokesman Daniel Nilsson responded to the accusations, saying, "we don't work like that in Sweden." He declared in the videos, "Niggas got me in the back of police car right now in Sweden, cuz,” and "Pulled a nigga over for nothing, taking us to the station where I've got to go pee in a cup for nothin'. I ain't done nothin'. All I did was came to the country and did a concert, and now I've got to go to the police station. For nothin'!" He announced to his Swedish fanbase that he would no longer go on tour in the country due to the incident.   
Snoop Dogg has also been arrested and fined three times for misdemeanor possession of marijuana: in Los Angeles in 1998,  Cleveland, Ohio in 2001,  and Sierra Blanca, Texas in 2010. 
In the Death Row Records bankruptcy case, Snoop Dogg lost $2 million. 
|1994||Murder Was the Case: The Movie||Himself||Main role|
|1996||A Thin Line Between Love and Hate||Himself||Cameo|
|1998||Half Baked||Scavenger Smoker|
|1999||Urban Menace||Preacher Caleb||Main role|
|2000||The Wrecking Crew||Dra-Man||Main role|
|2000||Up in Smoke Tour||Himself||Concert film|
|2001||Bones||Jimmy Bones||Main role|
|2001||The Wash||Dee Loc||Main role|
|2003||Malibu's Most Wanted||Ronnie Rizzat||Voice role|
|2003||Bigg Snoop Dogg: Raw 'N Uncut Vol. 1 ||Himself||Main role|
|2004||Starsky & Hutch||Huggy Bear Brown|
|2004||Soul Plane||Captain Antoine Mack|
|2005||Racing Stripes||Lightning||Voice role|
|2005||The Tenants||Willie Spearmint||Main role|
|2005||Boss'n Up||Corde Christopher||Main role|
|2007||Arthur and the Invisibles||Max||Voice role|
|2008||Singh Is Kinng||Himself||Bollywood movie|
|2009||Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder||Himself||Voice role|
|2009||Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard||Max||Voice role|
|2011||The Big Bang||Puss|
|2012||We the Party||Big D|
|2012||Mac & Devin Go to High School||Mac Johnson||Main role|
|2013||Turbo||Smooth Move||Voice role|
|2013||Scary Movie 5||Ja'Marcus|
|2014||The Distortion of Sound||Himself|
|2015||Pitch Perfect 2||Himself|
|2015||The Culture High||Himself|
|2016||Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping||Himself|
|2018||Future World||Love Lord|
|2019||The Beach Bum||Lingerie|
|2019||Dolemite Is My Name||Roj|
|2020||Unbelievable.||Major LeGrande Bushe|
|2020||The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run||Himself|
|2021||All-Star Weekend||Himself||Post-production |
|1993–1994||The Word||Himself||2 episodes|
|1994||Martin||Himself||Episode: "No Love Lost"|
|1997||The Steve Harvey Show||Himself||Episode: "I Do, I Don't"|
|2001||King of the Hill||Alabaster Jones||Episode: "Ho Yeah!"|
|2001||Just Shoot Me||Himself||Episode: "Finch in the Dogg House"|
|2002–2003||Doggy Fizzle Televizzle||Himself||8 episodes|
|2003||Playmakers||Big E||Episode: "Tenth of a Second"|
|2003||Crank Yankers||Himself||Episode: "Snoop Dogg & Kevin Nealon"|
|2004||Chappelle's Show||Puppet Dangle/Himself||Episode 10|
|2004||Las Vegas||Himself||Episode: "Two of a Kind"|
|2004||The Bernie Mac Show||Calvin||Episode: "Big Brother"|
|2004||The L Word||Slim Daddy||Episodes: "Luck, Next Time" & "Liberally"|
|2004||2004 Spike Video Game Awards||Host/Himself||TV special|
|2006||Weeds||Himself||Episode: "MILF Money"|
|2007–2009||Snoop Dogg's Father Hood||Himself||2 seasons, 18 episodes|
|2007||Monk||Murderuss||Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Rapper"|
|2008, 2010, 2013||One Life to Live||Himself||3 episodes|
Wrote and produced theme song 
|2009||Dogg After Dark||Himself||1 season, 7 episodes|
|2009 2015||WWE Raw||Host/Himself||TV special|
|2010||The Boondocks||Macktastic||Episode: "Bitches to Rags"|
|2010||Big Time Rush||Himself||Episode: "Big Time Christmas"|
|2011||90210||Himself||Episode: "Blue Naomi"|
|2011||The Cleveland Show||Himself||Episode: "Back to Cool"|
|2014||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||Himself||Guest appearance|
|2014||Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood||Himself||Guest appearance|
|2015||Snoop & Son, a Dad's Dream||Himself||1 season, 5 episodes|
|2015||Sanjay and Craig ||Street Dogg||Episode: "Street Dogg"|
|2015||Show Me the Money 4 ||Himself||Episode 4|
|2016–2017||Trailer Park Boys||Himself||5 episodes|
|2016||Lip Sync Battle||Himself||Episode: "Snoop Dogg vs Chris Paul"|
|2016–present||Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party||Himself||Co-host|
|2017||The Simpsons||Himself||Episode: "The Great Phatsby"|
|2017||Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta||Himself||Guest appearances|
|2017||The Joker's Wild||Himself||Host|
|2018||Coach Snoop||Himself||All 8 Episodes of Netflix documentary|
|2018||Sugar||Himself||Episode: "Snoop Dogg surprises a young father who is working to turn his life around."|
|2019||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||P.T. Banks||Episode: "Diss"|
|2019||American Dad!||Tommie Tokes||Episode: "Jeff and the Dank Ass Weed Factory"|
|2020||F Is for Family||Rev. Sugar Squires||Voice episode: "R is For Rosie"|
|2020||Utopia Falls||The Archive||Series regular|
|2020||Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special||Himself||Television special|
|2021||Black Mafia Family||Pastor Swift||Upcoming series|
|2018||Redemption of a Dogg||Himself||Musical tour|
|2003||True Crime: Streets of LA||Himself||Playable character|
|2004||Def Jam: Fight for NY||Crow||Likeness|
|2012||Tekken Tag Tournament 2||Himself||Likeness|
|2013||Way of the Dogg||Himself||Likeness|
|2013||Call of Duty: Ghosts||Multiplayer Announcer (DLC)||Likeness|
|2015||Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff||Himself||Playable character|
|2019||Madden NFL 20||Himself||Playable character|
|2019||NHL 20||Himself||Occasional announcer|
|Biographical film portrayals|
|2009||Notorious||Anwan Glover||Biographical film about the Notorious B.I.G.|
|2015||Straight Outta Compton||Lakeith Stanfield||Biographical film about N.W.A|
|2017||All Eyez on Me||Jarrett Ellis||Biographical film about Tupac Shakur|
Snoop Dogg was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. 
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I’m a huge fan of old-school hip-hop music and have wanted for some time to put down some kind of ranking of my favorite songs from that era. I’ve been working on this post since late February, but it’s finally done now that the draft crush and our summer east coast swing are over. It started out as a top 40, then a top 50, then 75, after which I figured I’d just push it to 100.
This is list is entirely my opinion, and maybe 90% of it is just about how much I personally like the songs, with the other 10% reserved for the song’s influence or importance in hip-hop history. And it’s about how the songs have held up over time, not which songs I liked when they first came out or how they fared on the charts.
I’ve limited the list to songs released, either as singles or on albums, prior to 1996. That cutoff means no Jay-Z or Eminem and virtually no Nas or Outkast, to pick a few examples, but with one exception (a song recorded before the deadline but released afterwards) I stuck to the deadline for all tracks. Enjoy.
100. “Check Yo Self” – Ice Cube
Samples an early hip-hop classic, “The Message,” that was already dated before the 1980s ended, with guest vocals by Das Efx on the chorus. Ice Cube’s lyrics often led to controversy – something I doubt he minded since even bad publicity sells records – but I don’t think the anti-gay lines in this song would fly today like they did in the early s. (Corrected on 7/7 – added this song to remove an ineligible song from higher on the list.)
99. “Gotta Get Mine” – MC Breed featuring 2Pac
No disrespect to MC Breed, who died of kidney failure when he was 38, but 2Pac is the main attraction here, one of five appearances for him on this list. Snoop Dogg references this song at the beginning of the second verse of “Gin and Juice.”
98. “Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos” – Public Enemy
Perhaps the greatest opening lines in the history of hip hop: “I got a letter from the government/The other day/I opened, and read it/It said they were suckers/They wanted me for the army or whatever/Picture me givin’ a damn, I said never.”
I always wondered if this was mostly a publicity stunt (that worked). I’m not doubting the anti-police sentiment behind it, but the title is so clownishly incendiary that it was a lock to get negative attention in the mainstream media, which would sell more records. In that sense, it’s brilliant. The song was surpassed by its own marketing.
More here for its importance than the quality of the rhymes. It’s hard to express their mainstream influence unless you lived through it they had street credibility but were inoffensive enough to be marketed to white, suburban audiences. Unfortunately most of their catalog sounded dated within a decade of its release.
95. “The Humpty Dance” – Digital Underground
It was written as a novelty, it became a hit as a novelty, and like most novelty hits it wrecked the artist’s career when they couldn’t produce another song just like it. That’s too bad, because they were one of the most interesting acts of the late s/early s, but between this and the forgettable “Kiss You Back” their run was good for about an album and a half.
94. “Holy Intellect” – Poor Righteous Teachers
No shot of crossover success for a group that rapped almost entirely about their Islamic faith, but the speed and quality of the rhyming here is remarkable.
93. “Ain’t Sayin Nothin” – Divine Styler
Remember House of Pain’s line in “On Point” about how “I used to rap with the Divine Styler?” He was actually a hell of an MC, and just about anything from that first album is worth listening to. His second disc was a wildly experimental jazz/rap/ambient fusion that was way ahead of its time, and he took a long break before coming back with a late-90s disc after his conversion to Islam that had one standout track, “Make It Plain.”
92. “Chief Rocka” – Lords of the Underground
These guys came along a little too late, when the west coast scene was paramount and east coast groups had a harder time breaking through even if their sound was more overtly commercial.
I love hearing Dr. Dre rap about how marijuana causes “brain damage/and brain damage on the mike can’t manage” about five years before creating his magnum opus and naming it after the drug.
90. “True Fu-Schnick” – Fu-Schnickens
Total novelty act, but I admit, I love hearing how quickly Chip-Fu can drop rhymes. For a one-trick act, it’s a good trick.
Jam Master Jay really held this group together, as neither Run nor DMC were especially gifted rappers.
88. “Rock the Bells” – LL Cool J
The low production values on a lot of early hip-hop classics, including Audio Two’s “Top Billin” and BDP’s “Criminal Minded,” makes them relatively hard to listen to today. This one survives because of the strength and ferocity of LL’s rhymes, which soon gave way to the Smoove B-like persona that dominated his later work (and set him up well for a career in Hollywood).
87. “Hot Sex” – A Tribe Called Quest
“I heard she likes a two-on-one like my man John Ritter.” Never a big fan of Phife’s – Q-Tip carried all of the weight for the Tribe – but that’s among his best lines.
86. “Eric B. is President” – Eric B. & Rakim
“I came in the door/I said it before/I never let the mike magnetize me no more.” There’s something about a debut single that makes an announcement that the artist has arrived, and the entire genre is about to get a swift kick in the ass. Rap’s greatest MC with one of its greatest DJs combine for a track that remains memorable even though it sounds like it was recorded on a handheld cassette recorder.
85. “Ain’t No Half Steppin” – Big Daddy Kane
A poor cousin to his two real standout tracks, which are much further up the list.
84. “A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturday” – De La Soul
Speaking of self-immolation, why did De La Soul fight to shed the alternative-rap label that brought them so much success? I never understand artists trying to be less commercial. If you want to make less commercial music for artistic reasons, but deliberately flipping off your audience by creating less interesting content is insane.
The Afro-centric rap movement died a quick and probably justified death, but these guys were pioneers in their heavy use of P-Funk shortly before that became the foundation for most west coast rap and the “G-Funk” movement.
Biz Markie was a legitimate rapper before the novelty hit I won’t even deign to name here, and a pretty good beat-boxer as well.
The DOC appears on this list three times from his incredible and somewhat overlooked debut album, after which a bad car accident wrecked his voice and ended his hip hop career. The whole disc stands up well against The Chronic and Doggystyle even though it came out three years earlier, with similarly funky beats, clever wordplay, and plenty of weapon-filled boasting.
80. “Rump Shaker” – Wreckx-n-Effect
Not Teddy Riley’s best track – that would be Blackstreet’s “No Diggity” – but a worthwhile novelty hit with the raunchiest use of state names in rap history.
79. “Nuttin But Love” – Heavy D
The Overweight Lover’s stuff hasn’t aged all that well either, although I admit a certain guilty pleasure in “We Got Our Own Thang” this track has his best rhyming by far and one of the most memorable lines in any video from the 1990s – “Yo, that’s that Noxzema girl!” Heavy D was born in Jamaica but reggae was always a background note in his music before this album, where you could hear its influence more strongly.
78. “Quik is the Name” – DJ Quik
I remember seeing DJ Quik appear on the Billboard top 200 albums chart and being completely confused. How the hell did someone I’d never heard of end up with a top 20 album out of nowhere? I hadn’t heard of him because west coast rap got very little airplay or even word-of-mouth on the east coast at that point his success was regional at a time when rap was never heard on pop radio.
“And rock and roll could never hip hop like this.” The line that spawned an alternative classic from the 1990s by Handsome Boy Modeling School, one-half of which was Stetsasonic mastermind Prince Paul.
76. “Welcome to the Terrordome” – Public Enemy
This song seemed like a major disappointment when it came out, because it had all of the urgency of It Takes a Nation of Millions… without the same caliber of lyrics or music it felt like PE had rushed the track (and album) out to capitalize on the late-blooming success of their previous album. But today the urgency of the track stands out, and it marked one of Chuck D’s last great lyrical achievements before the group faded into the hip-hop background.
Did any rap act every do less with more than the Fugees? The talent involved was enormous, and yet their biggest hit was a straight-up soul remake of an adult contemporary classic. Lauryn Hill had her one amazing solo album before releasing Lauryn Hill: Unhinged, and Wyclef has had a strong solo career, but as the Fugees one plus one plus one (Pras) equaled something less than three.
74. “My Philosophy” – Boogie Down Productions
A six-minute rant by the literate if rather preachy KRS-ONE. I’ve wondered how BDP’s legacy would differ if DJ Scott La Rock had lived would it be greater because their music would have been better, or would it have suffered because so much of their fame came from that tragedy?
73. “Hip Hop Hooray” – Naughty by Nature
Naughty by Nature pretended to be hardcore, but most of their singles were straight-up pop songs, designed to sell lots of records. I have no problem with that, but just be what you are, right?
72. “Check the Rhime” – A Tribe Called Quest
I’m going to run out of things to say about the Tribe soon enough.
71. “Droppin’ Rhymes On Drums” – Def Jef
Def Jef was better known as a producer and as the rapper behind the disgustingly misogynistic song “Give It Here,” but this track is stronger all around – better rhymes, faster pinpoint delivery, and intense backing music that makes the whole thing sound like a sprint.
70. “Do the Right Thing” – Redhead Kingpin & the FBI
Recognizable within a second for that opening sample, and led by Redhead Kingpin’s laconic delivery that eventually became the hallmark of Snoop Dogg, but one thing bothered me about this song: He never actually says what the right thing is.
69. “Flavor for the Non-Believes” – Mobb Deep
I didn’t realize how successful this duo had been until I researched them for this list – their best track for me came from their original demo, although I think most people would argue for “Peer Pressure” or the crude “Hit It From the Back.”
68. “Don’t Sweat the Technique” – Eric B. & Rakim
There’s something slightly off about this track Eric B. dropped some of the fattest beats of his career, only to have Rakim deliver what was for him a subpar performance, with slower, less inspired rhymes, which in hindsight was a bad sign for his post-breakup future. “I made my debut in ” rapped at half-speed is just cringeworthy.
67. “O.P.P.” – Naughty by Nature
Ignore, for a moment, that this too was aimed squarely at mainstream pop audiences. The song is full of clever wordplay, from the disguising of the two p-words to “throw that skeleton bone right in the closet door” to “you’re now down with a discount” to the inscrutable “look you to the stair and to the stair window.” And it’s backed up by a sample from the Jackson 5. You can’t like old-school hip hop and dislike this song.
66. “What’s My Name” – Snoop Doggy Dogg
Yeah, Snoop, we got it. You only say your name twelve times in every song you record.
65. “U Don’t Hear Me Tho’” – Rodney-O and Joe Cooley
Released four or five years too soon, this was G-Funk before the term existed, layered on heavy samples of P-Funk music with the same gangster ethos that Dr. Dre would later mine for great profits. The lines “Time for me to kick another fly funky verse/and if I die, put a soundsystem in my hearse” is one of my favorite from the entire era.
64. “Let the Words Flow (a.k.a. The Power)” – Chill Rob G
This is the song that Snap! ripped off for their own version of “The Power,” featuring slightly better production and markedly inferior rapping by something called Turbo B. (Their original version contained Chill Rob G’s vocals, but he threatened to sue and they had to re-record them.) Hip hop has seen plenty of tracks saying “everyone else’s rhymes suck,” but this is one of the few that seems to actually argue that everyone else should get better, rather than just boosting the ego of the rapper making the statements.
63. “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik” – Outkast
One of the few hip-hop acts to hold my attention after the end of the Golden Era, Outkast just sneaked under the wire here with their first album, which came completely out of left field into a genre dominated by G-Funk at the time and that had never produced anything like the inventive music on their debut, a funky, sludgy sound that seemed to take the humidity of Atlanta summers and put it on wax.
62. “Shake Your Rump” – Beastie Boys
The second-best track on one of the greatest albums in the histories of hip-hop and of alternative music (Corrected 7/7).
61. “Passin’ Me By” – The Pharcyde
The record-buying public largely passed these guys by, a true alternative-rap act who didn’t have the commercial sound for major record sales but showed strong rhyming skills and a pervasive sense that they were having a great time laying down tracks.
Possibly cheating – this song was recorded in 1992, but wasn’t released as a single until 1998. But it belongs here, as it’s clearly of this era and genre and features some of 2Pac’s most intelligent and thoughtful lyrics. Discussing the plight of the black American underclass in rap lyrics without sounding trite is a major achievement when you consider how few other artists managed to pull it off. And consider these lines, written nearly twenty years ago: “There’s war on the streets/And there’s war in the Middle East/Instead of wary on poverty/They got a War on Drugs so the police can bother me.” Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.
59. “It’s Funky Enough” – The D.O.C.
The fact that the samples all seem to be written in minor keys gives this song a sinister air that set it apart from most mainstream and alternative rap of the time. In the lyrics, the D.O.C. spends more time boasting about Dr. Dre’s prowess as producer than he does about his own rhyming skills.
58. “Keep It Underground” – Lords of the Underground
Not quite as campy as Onyx, but not quite as polished as Naughty by Nature, so they fell through the cracks as I mentioned above. But both of their songs on this list would have fit in well with the rap scene of the late 1980s before everything shifted with the rise of the west coast.
57. “Straight Outta Compton” – NWA
NWA’s press completely outstripped the quality of their output they had two tremendous rappers in the fold, but their limited catalog was never as good as the hype or the controversy would indicate. They chose controversial subjects, which sold records and frankly was an important addition to a scene that had grown somewhat stale due to the lack of regional diversity. But that doesn’t make me more likely to reach for one of their records today.
56. “Same Song” – Digital Underground
The last gasp for these guys and the wax debut for 2Pac. I always loved that they named this EP release This is an EP Release.
55. “Lucas with the Lid Off” – Lucas
I believe I have two white rap artists on the list, and Lucas is one of them, although he used a sepia-toned video to obscure his race. The jazz-rap thing never really took off there were scattered successes, a few of which are on this ranking, but as a movement it couldn’t sell enough records, instead producing more one-hit wonders like this one. Weird fact: Lucas’ father, Paul Secon, was a co-founder of Pottery Barn.
54. “I Got a Man” – Positive K
“Are you a chef? Cause you keep feeding me soup.” “I’m not waiting, because I’m no waiter/So when I blow up, don’t try to kick it to me later.” “All confusion, you know I solve ’em/You got a what? How long you had that problem.” So many great lines, and yet never forced.
53. “Wild Wild West” – Kool Moe Dee
One of the first rap songs to cross over in New York and get some time on MTV. It’s not Kool Moe Dee’s best rapping work, but the beat and (for the time) production values elevated it, and it inspired a remake and a film that we’d best pretend never happened.
52. “They Want Efx” – Das EFX
The list of allusions in this song would make the Beastie Boys proud, and of course their “iggedy” style of rapping spawned a brief craze that died quickly, probably because few rappers could actually pull it off.
The best of all of the George Clinton-inspired rap songs, in part because he appears on the track. Always liked Ice Cube holding up four fingers in the video when saying “Nineteen-ninety-THREE” (since the video came out in ). Cube’s a better technical rapper than he gets credit for, but he was best known at the time for violent, hate-filled lyrics that once caused Billboard to question whether one of his albums went beyond the boundaries of free speech.
50. “The Mighty Hard Rocker” – Cash Money & Marvelous
Just a vintage mid/late-80s east coast hip hop track, overlooked perhaps because they were only the second most-popular MC/DJ combo in Philly (and unlike the other pair, in this case the DJ was the central figure rather than the MC). It also didn’t help that the record label decided to market the Fresh Prince-like “Find An Ugly Woman,” which didn’t showcase the skills of either member – and, worse, wasn’t funny, either.
49. “It Takes Two” – Rob Base & DJ EZ-Rock
Hearing this song triggers a Pavlovian response in me where everything smells like Drakkar Noir.
48. “I Left My Wallet in El Segundo” – ATCQ
The best example I know of a rap song that tells a single story from start to finish, with Tribe’s trademark humor and weirdness. I actually own a limited edition 12-inch of this track on clear green vinyl.
“And I don’t know why/Your girl keeps pagin’ me.” Shock G and Money B of Digital Underground appear, but 2Pac makes it clear he was the best MC in the DU posse. The way his death was paired with Notorious B.I.G.’s as equivalent musical losses always bothered me – there’s no comparison, with 2Pac a top-5 all-time MC … when he wanted to be. Maybe in another universe he lived to see his mid-30s, stopped the “Thug Life” front, and became hip-hop’s most literate MC. Or maybe not.
46. “Steppin’ to the A.M.” – 3rd Bass
These guys always felt like they were trying too hard to establish their street credibility, as if they couldn’t wreck a mic without thinking, “We’re white.” I mean, I heard P.W. Botha never recovered from getting the gas face from MC Serch.
“Bodies being found on Greenleaf/With their fuckin’ heads cut off/Motherfucker, I’m Dre.” Talk about making your impression felt. Love the Ice Cube cameo in the video.
43. “I Got It Made” – Special Ed
A lot of early hip-hop tunes came in for criticism because most of their songs were about nothing more than how talented the MCs in question were, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t better boasts and worse ones. The best rappers could drop clever rhymes to make the point for them, even if the music and production weren’t anything special. The sequence of lines in “I Got It Made” that includes “When I got too hot, I found a spot in the shade/And when my dishes were dirty, I got Cascade” seemed like a challenge of how far Special Ed could take the same basic rhyme and structure before he ran out of things to rhyme about.
42. “Protect Ya Neck” – Wu-Tang Clan
Wu-Tang are one of a handful of acts that ushered me out of hip-hop fandom their style is very loose and unmetered, unlike the tighter rap style of 1980s east coast rap. You could argue that it’s almost improvisational, like a lot of jazz, but I never got into jazz either. This one track from their debut album is transitional, resembling the more structured rap hits that probably influenced these guys but with hints at the explosion that their next album would cause in the genre. My favorite Wu-Tang solo track came from my favorite Wu-Tang member on Twitter – Ghostface Killah’s “Daytona 500.”
41. “Potholes in My Lawn” – De La Soul
Absolutely hated this song when it first came out because it was so different from what I knew and liked of hip-hop up to that point. The problem wasn’t with the song, which boasted bluesy music and the great imagery that showed up all over 3 Feet High and Rising, but with the closed mind of a 15-year-old.
40. “I Go to Work” – Kool Moe Dee
If I worked in an MLB marketing department and wanted to put together a four-and-a-half minute highlight clip for a star player, this would be the backing track. The music is very James Bond, and Kool Moe Dee’s rhymes are faster and better than on his better-known “Wild Wild West.”
39. “Dre Day” – Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg
The consummate diss track, with a lowbrow comic video to match. But even better now is the shot at around the 3:52 mark of the video of the guy on his cell phone the size of a brick and the shape of a satellite phone. I guess that was cutting edge in 1993.
38. “I Ain’t No Joke” – Eric B. & Rakim
Pretty sure this is the origin of the phrase “as serious as cancer,” as well as the song to which Shaq was referring with his “slam it … and make sure it’s broke” line at the end of the regrettable “What’s Up Doc (Can We Rock?).” Vintage Rakim across the board.
37. “The World is Yours” – Nas
Recently tweeted “Whose world is this?” and got a slew of responses involving lines from this song, more reasons why I love my readers. Illmatic was another rulebreaking record that didn’t do it for me when it first came out, and even now I don’t reach for any Nas tracks when I’m in the mood for hip hop – I have to be in the mood for Nas.
36. “Strictly Business” – EPMD
A solid track in its own right, elevated for me by the twin samples (“Let a sucker slide once, then I break his neck” and “I control your body”) used in Styles of Beyond’s 1999 track “Killer Instinct.” And Ryu of Styles of Beyond is the rapper on Crystal Method’s “Name of the Game,” which has nothing to do with EPMD but doesn’t fit in any other comment here.
35. “Mama Said Knock You Out” – LL Cool J
I feel like LL’s stature as a rap icon has dimmed as he’s become a mainstream Hollywood star, but he was relevant for almost a solid decade in the rap scene. Not only was this a tremendous track in its own right (although it’s ironic that the guy who said “I think I’m gonna bomb a town!” is now part of a secret spy team in LA fighting bad guys … trying to bomb that town), but with this song he was the biggest rap artist to perform his tracks live, including on live TV, with a backing band rather than just a DJ.
34. “Strobelite Honey” – Black Sheep
“Thank you for your time honey but ho I gotta go.” These guys were considered part of the Native Tongues group, but didn’t have the alternative vibe of De La Soul or the Tribe. They were, however, two-hit wonders, with this the funnier but less enduring of the two.
33. “I Get the Job Done” – Big Daddy Kane
That whole New Jack Swing movement didn’t last long and barely made a dent in the hip-hop scene, but this one collaboration between Kane and producer Teddy Riley, the top dog in the New Jack Swing arena (and the brains behind Wreckx-n-Effect and Blackstreet), was its finest moment. And Kane gave us lines like “So when your main course ain’t doing nothin’ for ya/Just think of me as a tasty side order.”
I’ve wondered if there’s a timing effect in our favorite songs by certain artists – the track you hear first becomes a standard against which you compare all future tracks from that artist, so it becomes your favorite or among your favorites by default. Or is it that you’re more likely to hear a top track first, because that’s how our music industry is (or, at least, has been) structured? Anyway, this was the first Pharcyde track I heard, and I’m pretty sure it’s their best. I think.
31. “Fight the Power” – Public Enemy
Although this appeared on Fear of a Black Planet, it was much more along the lines of the best tracks on It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, angry, loaded with powerful allusions and strong rhetoric, backed by a funky sample-filled music track that was among their best. I wonder if Chuck D still supports Tawana Brawley, whose claims of a violent assault by white public officials and police officers were discredited before the grand jury, and who appeared in the “Fight the Power” video.
30. “Paid in Full” – Eric B. & Rakim
I use the opening drum loop as the alarm tone on my cell phone. Stick with the original rather than the Coldcut remix.
29. “Mind Playin’ Tricks On Me” – Geto Boys
Aside from some confusion over the meaning of “bastard,” it’s a surprisingly thoughtful effort from a group better known for rapping about violence against women.
28. “Dirty South” – Goodie Mob
Before Cee-Lo was dressing up as Big Bird and performing with Muppets, he was part of a pioneering Atlanta hip-hop act that gave the Dirty South subgenre its name. (And his departure spurred the greatest diss album title ever: One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.) This song and album just sneaked in under the wire, coming out in November of 1995, but the extent of social commentary and criticism under all the drug references harkened back to PE’s or Native Tongues’ best work from the late s.
27. “93 ‘Til Infinity” – Souls of Mischief
The failure of the Hieroglyphics collective, which included Souls of Mischief and the next artist on this list, to find a mainstream audiences is one of the great commercial tragedies of hip-hop. Souls’ MCs, who were barely out of their teens when the album came out, had an easy, natural flow, and the production by Main Source and Gang Starr gave the album a jazzy feel without making it as inaccessible or distinctly noncommercial as a lot of jazz-rap tracks. Allmusic.com compared the album favorably to A Tribe Called Quest, but I think it’s more like a West Coast version of Tribe, harder lyrically and musically but with the same laid-back vibe.
26. “Mistadobalina” – Del the Funkee Homosapien
Ice Cube’s cousin. And the rapper on Gorillaz’ “Clint Eastwood.” I’m still not entirely sure what “Mistadobalina” is about but it’s been stuck in my head on and off for about twenty years.
25. “Doowutchyalike” – Digital Underground
The album version, which runs about seven minutes, is like a playground for Shock G and his Humpty Hump alter ego, way too long for mainstream radio, but unlike most songs of that length, it varies enough to hold your interest right up to the end. This is the track for which they should be remembered, not “The Humpty Dance,” although it hasn’t worked out that way.
24. “Jump Around” – House of Pain
“I got more rhymes than the Bible’s got Psalms/And just like the Prodigal Son, I’ve returned.” Best use of a Biblical reference to boast about one’s rhyming prowess, bar none. Their follow-up single, “On Point,” couldn’t match this song’s pop appeal, but did have a great line from Danny Boy: “Well, it’s the D to the A, double-N Y B-O/Why? Cause I rock shit like Ronnie Dio.”
23. “Microphone Fiend” – Eric B. & Rakim
“I was a fiend/Before I became a teen/I melted microphones instead of cones or ice cream.” “E-f-f-e-c-t/A smooth operator, operatin’ correctly.” “Cool, cause I don’t get upset/I kick a hole in the speaker, pull the plug, then I eject.” And that’s all from the first verse. There was no one like Rakim before he came along, and there has been no one like him since.
22. “Night of the Living Baseheads” – Public Enemy
Chuck D knew how to grab the listener’s attention with his first line, didn’t he? “Here is/Bam/And you say God damn/This is a dope jam.” I had always thought the sample played during the chorus breaks was something about a knife, but courtesy of Wikipedia and The-Breaks.com finally figured out last year that it’s “Twas the Night” from Curtis Blow’s “Christmas Rappin’.”
21. “California Love” – Dr. Dre and 2Pac
The best combo – can’t really call it a “duet” – of otherwise unconnected two rap artists in history, released on December 28th, 1995, just days before the cutoff for this list. The song’s chorus was sung by Roger Troutman of the group Zapp (“More Bounce to the Ounce”) in his last major appearance before he was killed by his brother in a murder-suicide.
20. “Gin and Juice” – Snoop Doggy Dogg
We know what #whitewhines are, so what do we call “With so much drama in the LBC/It’s kinda hard being Snoop D-O double-G?”
19. “So Wat Cha Sayin’” – EPMD
These guys boasted about their rhyming skills well above their actual abilities, but this was both their best-performed track and their strongest musically, in part because the samples didn’t overwhelm the rhymes like they did on “You Gots to Chill.” I’d prefer not to hear Erick Sermon try to sing Luther Vandross again.
18. “The Choice is Yours” – Black Sheep
“Engine, engine, number 9/On the New York Transit Line/If my train goes off the track/Pick it up, pick it up, pick it up!” It’s amazing that Black Sheep could put out two unbelievable tracks, and then never put out another song of value after that debut album.
17. “Ghetto Bastard” – Naughty by Nature
Of course, the one time NBN puts out a song of social commentary it doesn’t sell as well as the party tracks, so they went back to rapping about drinking and sleeping around. I can’t blame them, but there’s this barely contained rage in this song and a pretty strong argument in favor of nurture over nature.
16. “Going Back to Cali” – LL Cool J
The first alternative rap song to break through as a mainstream hit at a time when LL was veering dangerously into rap-balladeer territory. The structure is so unconventional at a time when nearly every hip-hop single followed the same pattern and subject matter that it probably only found airplay because of LL’s existing fan base, but that same break from the norm is what made it an instant classic.
15. “Streets of New York” – Kool G Rap & DJ Polo
One of two of my favorite tracks built off a sample of the Fatback Band’s “Gotta Learn How to Dance” along with Groove Armada’s “My Friend.” Kool G Rap’s mouthful-of-gold-teeth style can be a little offputting, like talking to someone with a giant plug of tobacco in his cheek, but like “Ghetto Bastard” this song has a serious point, and there’s a certain raw simplicity to it – he’s setting the scene, but offering no prescriptions – that gives it power even when the New York he’s describing has changed for the better.
14. “Award Tour “ – A Tribe Called Quest
Do dat, do dat, do do dat dat dat.
13. “Me, Myself And I” – De La Soul
So was the success of this song the worst thing to happen to De La Soul? They shied away from anything commercial on future albums, and what looked like a potential Hall of Fame career (because of their willingness to ignore the norms of hip-hop lyrics) ran off the rails after one album. Why didn’t they embrace their alternative-rap status and use it to move the genre forward? Or to at least just make themselves more money? Maybe they didn’t want to recreate 3 Feet High again, but they made it clear they wanted no part of mainstream success, and twenty years on I still don’t understand it.
Apparently the Player’s Ball is a real thing, at least according to Wikipedia, which we know is never wrong. Fortunately, the song isn’t about that but about growing up in what was about to be called the Dirty South, with this staccato, off-beat delivery that sounds like you’re about to tumble down a flight of stairs.
11. “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” – Digable Planets
The best song to come out of the jazz-rap movement – not that that’s a high standard – built on a slowed-down riff from jazz pianist James Williams’ 1977 track “Stretchin’” and a drum loop from the Honeydrippers’ “Impeach the President.” The rhymes are surprisingly mundane, focusing again on the rappers’ skills, but the dark, descending bass line is the star of the show here.
See, if you’re going to dedicate the entire track to telling me about what a great MC you are, you need to back it up like this. Kane found commercial success with the Smooth Operator persona, but his legacy should start with this track, one of the best straight-up bragging songs in hip-hop history. “Cause I’m at my apex and others are below. Nothing but a milliliter, I’m a kilo.”
9. “T.R.O.Y.” – Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Dedicated to Trouble T-Roy, a member of Heavy D and the Boyz who died after falling from a balcony, the song is MC C.L. Smooth’s tribute to people who mattered in his life, including his single mother, an uncle who filled the role of father figure, and T-Roy. It’s smooth (he at least lives up to that part of his name) and soulful but never maudlin, and the sax sample from Tom Scott will be stuck in your head for weeks.
8. “No One Can Do It Better” – The D.O.C.
G-Funk before the term existed, and early evidence that Dr. Dre (who produced the album) was a force to be reckoned with beyond N.W.A. Twelve years after the accident that turned his powerful voice into a hoarse whisper, the D.O.C. is apparently headed for an experimental operation to restore much of what he lost, and in between his replies to friends you can see updates from him on his Twitter feed.
7. “Follow the Leader” – Eric B. & Rakim
I don’t think any single song got me into hip-hop more than this one it is certainly the reason I’m a huge Rakim fan, and while it doesn’t have the same funky vibe as most of their other standout tracks, it has some absolutely vintage Rakim lines, including my favorite from him: “In this journey, you’re the journal, I’m the journalist/Am I eternal? Or an eternalist?” It ain’t braggin’ if you can do it.
6. “Talkin All That Jazz” – Stetsasonic
A strong defense of rap from early criticism by (white) media members, most of whom probably didn’t realize their kids were listening to the same music they were attacking. Hip-hop has done more to elevate the status o the bass line than any other movement in music history, and this one, borrowed from Lonnie Smith’s “Expansions” (and slowed down), might be the best.
5. “Bring the Noise” – Public Enemy
Gil-Scott Heron’s influence on Chuck D was all over their early work but never more apparent than on this track, a not-that-subtle call to black power where D was at his height in both lyrical content and the quality of the rhymes themselves, putting him with Rakim in his ability to craft the inside rhyme. But we’re just going to pretend that Anthrax cover never happened, OK?
4. “Hey Ladies” – Beastie Boys
The best track off the sample-laden album Paul’s Boutique, which itself was a major landmark in hip-hop that will likely never be repeated because of restrictive laws on sampling passed in its wake. (Of course, with the rise of downloadable music, the law seems strangely out of date now, as sampling could bring more attention to older tracks and spur sales that weren’t possible when those old records were out of print.) This album, and this track in particular, didn’t meet commercial expectations but established the Beastie Boys’ critical bona fides, particularly for their ability to craft clever lyrical allusions, setting them up for their second career as alternative artists that used hip-hop as opposed to garden-variety rappers. (Corrected on 7/7. The album wasn’t produced by Prince Paul, but the title pays homage to him.)
3. “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang” – Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg
It’s funny that Snoop Dogg managed to upstage Dr. Dre, a strong MC in his own right, but that’s exactly what happened, with Dre shining more as a producer than a rapper. This song single-handedly elevated west coast rap over east coast and ushered in the G-Funk era, which was later hoisted on its own petard by Warren G’s regrettable “Regulate,” for better (stronger production values and a heavier emphasis on 1970s funk) and worse (a subsequent drop in lyrical quality from those who imitated the subject matter but couldn’t rhyme like Dre or Snoop).
2. “Scenario” – A Tribe Called Quest featuring Leaders of the New School
Busta Rhymes’ breakout track – unless you count “Case of the PTA,” which I don’t – was also Phife Dawg’s best work, with some of the best call-and-response lines (“Who’s that?” “Brown!”) in rap history. If there’s a flaw here, it’s that there’s not enough Q-Tip, but every other MC stepped up his game to fill the gap in a signature moment for east coast rap.
1. “I Know You Got Soul” – Eric B. & Rakim
The best MC in history has to be at the top of the list, right? Especially when his DJ paired him with one of its most memorable beats (based on Bobby Byrd’s song of the same name), and the MC in question brought his A-game in a track that has been referenced regularly for 20 years, including its opening lines: “It’s been a long time/I shouldn’t’ve left you/Without a strong rhyme to step to/Think of how many weak shows you slept through/Time’s up, I’m sorry I kept you.” Rakim’s line “pump up the volume” spawned a M/A/R/R/S song and a teen-angst movie (that I admit, I loved, and have seen at least three times), and Eric B.’s heavy use of James Brown is credited with spurring a revival of interest in Brown’s music through increased sampling in hip-hop tracks. Both guys were at the tops of their games – I like to think that the music pushed Rakim to deliver one of his two best performances – and it has proven both enduring and influential even as the artists themselves have faded from the scene. There’s no better track in old-school hip-hop than this one.
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The final chemicals on the list - butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT) - are found in everyday products like Post, Kellogs and Quaker brand cereals, as well as Diamond Nuts, Chex Mix and gum brands like Wrigley's, Trident, Bazooka and Bubble Yum.
Both BHA and BHT are waxy solids made from petroleum and are known to cause cancer in rats. It's banned in Japan, England and several other European countries.
The whitest rapper with the most soul oozes charm and charisma on this head-snapper from The Truth Is Here EP. Sample rhyme: "Chappelle busts funnies, Mos Def busts rhymes/Muhammad Ali is the greatest of all-time."
If you've ever driven a standard car with one gear, then you have a slight idea of what a Royce da 5'9" album sounds like. Nickel Nine only knows one way to operate on the mic, and that's to attack every verse as if his life depends on it. "Dinner Time" is no different.
After his 2008 episode of My Super Sweet Sixteen in which he received a 1964 Lincoln Continental and a brand new Range Rover, Quincy Brown rebranded himself as "International Quincy," a rapper and aspiring actor. He started doing live shows on his Ustream channel before anyone knew that was even a thing. He's also been active on YouTube for years, has his own production company, and has helped create celebrity kickball and football charity events. His musical talents are probably genetic — he's the biological son of singer "Al B.Sure!" — but his Renaissance Man approach to the entertainment business clearly comes from his adoptive father, Sean "Diddy " Combs.
Brown has since dropped the "International" and just goes by Quincy, which is good, because his previous name sounded like an Australian airport. He also signed a deal with Bad Boy/Epic Records, Diddy's label, and parlayed his role in the critically acclaimed movie Dope (2015) into other film and TV opportunities. For a kid who easily could have coasted through life on either of his dads' dimes, Quincy admirably continues to grind like a guy with everything to lose.
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There's one surefire way to find out if somebody came of age in the '90s. Randomly shout out "Schwing!" If they stare at you like you're having a mental collapse, they're probably one of those darned Millennials. But if they laugh or cringe, in some way acknowledging the reference, you've identified a bona fide '90s kid. ("Schwing," by the way, is '90s slang for excitement, first coined by Mike Myers in his "Wayne's World" Saturday Night Live sketch and movie spin-offs.).
Once somebody has opened the '90s slang floodgates, those memories can come rushing back and you start using words and phrases that haven't entered your brain since the last time you bought a Pearl Jam record. Don't resist that urge. Slip on some flannel and Skechers, slap on that slap bracelet, and let's revisit the best of '90s slang. And for the for a different kind of trip down memory lane, here are the '90s Celebrity Couples You Totally Forgot About.
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Whatever the other person is trying to tell you has been rejected. You are no longer interested in conversing with them. If they want to continue anyway, well, they are welcome to direct their grievances towards your open palm.
Example: "Can I please explain why you're wrong about Tonya Harding?" "Talk to the hand!"
And for more terms that really show your age, check out 25 Common Words That Didn't Exist Until the 1990s.
A sarcastic retort to a preposterous suggestion. "As if" imagines a ridiculous alternate reality in which the subject being discussed could actually happen. We can thank Clueless for this memorable 90s slang term.
Example: "She thinks we're going to get married and have a bunch of kids together. As if!"
When you're feeling so much exuberance but no real word in the English language seems sufficient enough to capture the full scale of your emotions.
Example: "I'm finally moving out of my parent's basement. Booyah!"
A guy with no money, no job, no prospects, and no class. Pretty much the lowest of the low. Also, they won't be getting any love from the R&B girl group TLC. Sorry, fellas.
Example: "I appreciate the offer for a date, but I have a strict no scrubs policy." And for the the films that freaked you out back then, check out The Scariest Movies '90s Kids Can't Forget.
It's the 90s slang version of "psych." You think somebody is telling you the truth or agreeing with you, and then blammo, they hit you with the ol' reversal!
Example: "I think Spin Doctors are the best band of all time…NOT!"
Someone or something seems attractive from a distance, but when you get up close for a better look, it's a hot mess. Not unlike the paintings of French impressionist Claude Monet.
Example: "You actually think he's hot? You better look again, he's a total Monet."
It's just the words "all right," but, you know, said by a cool kid.
Example: "Nah, I'm cool. I know it looks like I slept in a dumpster, but I'm aiight."
A celebration that's gotten so wild and crazy, Snoop Dogg himself might very well show up.
Example: "Don't come till at least midnight. That's when the party really gets crunk."
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When you're just done with somebody and you want out of the conversation immediately. "Whatever" doesn't declare a winner or loser, just that you don't care anymore.
Example: "Okay, okay, I get it, you think you've got the best soul patch on the eastern seaboard. Whatever!"
If it's fly, it must be dope. Or as your grandfather might say, "The bee's knees." The dancers on In Living Color weren't called Fly Girls because they could levitate. They were just that awesome.
Example: "Your Vanilla Ice dance moves are totally fly!" And for for your favorite flash-in-the-pan musicians from this era, check out 20 One-Hit Wonders Every '90s Kid Remembers.
When your sentence needs a little extra emphasis, this piece of 90s lingo will do the trick. It's an adjective that automatically adds three exclamation points.
Example: "I just watched the O.J. Simpson verdict, and I am hella surprised!"
This phrase comes from a popular meme at the time. Sorry, no, just kidding. We mean music video. Remember those? Will Smith's "Gettin' Jiggy With It" taught the world that the only way to dance was like you'd just downed two pots of coffee.
Example: "It's been a tough week at work. I need to get jiggy with it."
A greeting. When you mean to say "wassup" (i.e. "what's up with you?") but that just seems like too much mouth exercise.
Weirdly, it's not (usually) meant as an insult. If somebody is bugging, they're behaving in unfamiliar ways that concern you. You want them to stop, or at least explain why they're acting so darn crazy.
Example: "You okay? Why are you bugging out?"
Somebody got on your wrong side and they're going to regret it. This 90s slang term doesn't necessarily mean a physical scuffle is on the horizon. That can of butt-kicking might just translate as a verbal lashing.
Example: "He broke my GameBoy, so I'm about to open up a can on him."
It sounds like you're throwing somebody out of your house, but it's really a celebratory cheer. It's the hip person's way to say, "I'm so proud of you!!"
Example: "You got that job promotion at Blockbuster? You go, girl!"
A compliment of sorts. The person or thing being described is everything one could possibly hope for, and they come with a side dish. Because who doesn't want a snack for later?
Example: "She's not just cool. She's all that and a bag of chips."
A more confusing way to insult somebody. Just say it with a Beavis and Butthead voice and leave it at that.
Example: "I'm not going anywhere with that fart-knocker."
When it's not enough just to break up with somebody. You need to let them know, in the strongest possible terms, why you want them out of your life.
Example: "He did what? Oh girl, you've got to kick him to the curb."
Your best bud and closest confidant. The guy or girl you count on and trust above all others. But not, ironically, the person most likely to make you dinner on a skillet.