Greetings loved ones! Let’s take a journey–through Snoop Dogg‘s new album Neva Left!
When West Coast powerhouse DJ Battlecat initially announced his contribution to the album via Instagram, we knew something special was about to be in for us. Since Tha Big Boss Dogg is as versatile as the city of Long Beach itself, it comes to no surprise that Kaytranada, BADBADNOTGOOD, KRS-One and even Tray Deee are feautred. While the entire project is a gem, I will get to my favorite tracks.
The album starts off a East Coast influence with the intro track of the same name, “Neva Left“, a high-energy banger that samples Wu-Tang Clan’s “C.R.E.A.M” and “Back In Tha Dayz” with Eastsidaz’ Big Tray Deee and a sample from A Tribe Called Quest, and “Let Us Begin” with KRS-One.
It wouldn’t be a Snoop project without any references to the 420 life, and “Mount Kushmore” is that Battlecat-assisted anthem, with features from Method Man and Redman and B-Real of Cypress Hill.
There are a few remixes–“Lavender (Nightfall Remix)” with a collab with Kaytranada and BADBADNOTGOOD, and “Vapors (Battlecat Remix)” with Charlie Wilson and the late Teena Marie (RIP) which showcase Snoop’s vocal side.
With all of this being said, this is uncle Snoop’s answer to a new generation of mumble rap and haters–and he proves he started this shit, and Neva Left.