Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
|Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told|
|Studio album by Snoop Dogg|
|Released||August 4, 1998|
|Genre||Dirty South, West Coast hip hop, gangsta rap, g-funk|
|Snoop Dogg chronology|
Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told is the third studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg; released by No Limit Records on August 4, 1998 in the United States. It is his first album following his departure from Death Row Records. It was also his first album to be released under a slight name change to Snoop Dogg.
Release and reception
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The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album charts selling over 520,000 copies in its first week, and remained on top for the second week also by selling additional 246,000 units according to Soundscan. It remained in the top ten for five weeks; thus it was quickly certified double platinum later that year. The album featured mostly No Limit artists and was a departure from Snoop Dogg's first two albums which were strictly West Coast. It is generally considered by critics and fans[specify] as one of his worst albums.
Unlike his two previous two studio albums, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told received generally negative to moderate reviews. Q gave the album 3 out of 5 stars, saying "Dogg's vocals can actually verge on the sublime....in glorious slow motion, and the undercurrent vibe is distinctly soulful."
The Source gave it 3.5 Mics out of 5, saying "[f]ew MCs from the West have ever gotten as much acceptance and acclaim from outside regions… No Limit's latest soldier isn't trying to rock the boat with his third album… the vibrant vocalist is very happy to be with rap's top squad."
|1.||"Snoop World" (featuring Master P)||C. Broadus, P. Miller, C.S. Lawson||KLC||5:20|
|2.||"Slow Down" (featuring Mia X, O'Dell and Anita Thomas)||C. Broadus, M. Young, O. Vickers, A. Thomas, J. Eugene, C. McIntosh, S. Nichol||O'Dell||4:10|
|3.||"Woof!" (featuring Fiend and Mystikal)||C. Broadus, R. Jones, M. Tyler, C. Bazile, P. Miller, G. Clinton Jr.||Craig B, Master P||4:22|
|4.||"Gin & Juice II"||C. Broadus, C. Stephens||Carlos Stephens||3:36|
|5.||"Show Me Love" (featuring Charlie Wilson)||C. Broadus, C. Wilson, M. Jordan||DJ Pooh||3:53|
|6.||"Hustle & Ball"||C. Broadus, O. Vickers||O'Dell||3:26|
|7.||"Don't Let Go"||C. Broadus, D. Anderson||DJ Darryl||3:47|
|8.||"Tru Tank Doggs" (featuring Mystikal)||C. Broadus, M. Tyler, C.S. Lawson||KLC||3:55|
|9.||"Whatcha Gon Do?" (featuring Master P)||C. Broadus, P. Miller||Master P||2:37|
|10.||"Still a G Thang"||C. Broadus, M. Wells||Meech Wells, Master P||4:20|
|11.||"20 Dollars to My Name" (featuring Fiend, Master P, Silkk the Shocker and Soulja Slim)||C. Broadus, R. Jones, P. Miller, V. Miller, J. Tapp||Master P||4:09|
|12.||"D.O.G.'s Get Lonely 2" (featuring Jon B)||C. Broadus, T. Kelley, B. Robinson, J.D. Buck, M. Wells||Meech Wells, Snoop Dogg||3:15|
|13.||"Ain't Nut'in Personal" (featuring C-Murder, Silkk the Shocker and Crooked Eye)||C. Broadus, C. Miller, A. Sausa, V. Miller, C. Bazile||Craig B||3:37|
|14.||"Dogg Pound Gangsta" (featuring C-Murder and Eddie Griffin)||C. Broadus, C. Miller, E. Griffin, C. Bazile, S. Arrington, L. Bonner, C.C. Carter, B. Hank, O. Jackson, R. Middlebrooks, W. Morrison, B. Napier, A. Noland, R. Parker, L. Patterson, M. Pierce, G. Webster, E. Wright, A. Young||Craig B||4:53|
|15.||"Game of Life" (featuring Steady Mobb'n)||C. Broadus, A. Sausa, C. Stephens||Carlos Stephens||3:52|
|16.||"See Ya When I Get There" (featuring C-Murder and Mystikal)||C. Broadus, C. Miller, M. Tyler, K. Clizark, M. Wells||Keith Clizark, Meech Wells||3:20|
|17.||"Pay for Pussy" (featuring Big Pimpin')||C. Broadus, D. Williams||Snoop Dogg||1:43|
|18.||"Picture This" (featuring Mia X)||C. Broadus, M. Young, C. Bazile||Craig B||2:31|
|19.||"Doggz Gonna Get Ya" (featuring Mac)||C. Broadus, M. Phipps, C.S. Lawson, A. Colandreo, L. Parker||KLC||4:59|
|20.||"Hoes, Money & Clout"||C. Broadus, P. Brooks||Soopafly||3:21|
|21.||"Get Bout It & Rowdy" (featuring Master P)||C. Broadus, P. Miller, C.S. Lawson||KLC||4:22|
|Title||Chart positions||Video Director|
|US Hot 100||USA Singles Top 40||US R&B/Hip-Hop||US Rap||Radio & Records Airplay - Urban||Radio & Records Airplay - Rhythmic|
|"Slow Down" (I Can't Take The Heat)||41||-||32||4||-||-||Gerald K. Barclay|
|"Still a G Thang"||19||35||16||3||15||29||Michael Martin|
|"Woof!"||62||36||31||3||-||-||No Limit Films
- ^ ="Slow Down" was also released as a Mia X single "I Can't Take The Heat" on the B-side of her 12" EP Whatcha Wanna Do. Chart positions represent the EP's entries.
- ^ ="Woof" was also a part of the Who U Wit compilation by No Limit All Stars in 1999.
|Billboard 200||Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||Billboard Year-end
album chart 1998
|UK Top 75 Album||Australia Top 100||Canada Top 100||RIAA Certification|
|Canada (Music Canada)||Platinum||100,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,000,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- E! Online review[dead link]
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