FEATURED PRODUCERS: The Dream, The Neptunes, Lil Jon
BEST TRACKS: That's Tha Homie, 1800
What happened to the days Snoop was the smoothest rhymer in the game? I'm starting to think he's smoked so much weed he's lost his talent. This was a terrible decade for Snoop, and "Malice..." is just proof he's given up on ever achieving the type of lyrical supremacy he displayed on "Doggystyle" and other Dre-produced classics. From the beginning, you get the vibe Snoop's hunting down a spot on the charts, and even then, I doubt any of these tracks crack the Top-50. A lot of club songs here, and Snoop even manages to make the hard beat thrown at him in "That's Tha Homie" sound soft. To be honest, given what Snoop's done in the past, this album deserved a 2-2.5 (as did its recent predecessors "Ego Trippin" and "Blue Carpet Treatment"). I have a lot of respect for Snoop for all the work he put in to get the West Coast on the rap scene, but it's clear that his decline is in full swing, and he better start focusing on quality rather than quantity (almost one album a year right now) if he's ever going to reacquire superstar status.
PREDICTED FIRST WEEK SALES: 60,000
ACTUAL FIRST WEEK SALES: (not in yet)