WHO IS HE? The rapper formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla, The Doggfather, The Top Dogg, the head nizzle fo shizzle, the D.O. Double-G, Martha Stewart’s coolest cooking partner and — last but not least — Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.
WHAT IS THIS? His umpteenth self-assured, laid-back platter of old-school rhymes, low-riding G-funk grooves, countless VIP cameos and between-song skits (remember them?). Bonus points for the best cover art of his career. (It’s Doggs playing poker!)
WHAT DOES IT SOUND LIKE? Pretty much the same as he always has — except that some of these songs eschew some of the stereotypical rap bravado, bluster and bragging for slightly more uplifting and inspirational lyrics.
WHAT WOULD BE A BETTER TITLE FOR THIS ALBUM? My Sound Ain’t Broke — And Neither Am I.
HOW SHOULD I LISTEN TO IT? Thankfully — while this disc is more throwback than groundbreaker, at least he’s back in his musical comfort zone instead of trying to make a reggae album.
WHAT 10 WORDS DESCRIBE IT? Nostalgic, groovy, blunted, relaxing, swaggering, mellow, unhurried, hypnotic, light-hearted, colourful.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SONGS? With 22 tracks, this 75-minute disc obviously sports some filler. But it also has a striking number of decent cuts like Countdown (feat. Swizz Beatz), I C Your Bullshit, Main Phone and New Booty. Looking for something different? Try the Latin-flavoured Do it When I’m In It.
WHAT WILL MY FRIENDS AND FAMILY SAY? ‘Are you sure this isn’t a previously unreleased album from the ’90s?’
HOW OFTEN WILL I LISTEN TO THIS? More often than you listened to his reggae album. Or his gospel album.
IF THIS ALBUM WERE A DRINK, WHAT KIND OF DRINK WOULD IT BE? Gin and juice, natch.
SHOULD I BUY, STREAM OR STEAL IT? He’s paid tha cost to be da boss. You’re up next. And before you think of swiping it, remember: He’s already beat one murder charge.