Doggumentary

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Doggumentary
Studio album by Snoop Dogg
Released March 29, 2011
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre West Coast hip hop
Length 79:44
Label Doggystyle, Priority
Producer Snoop Dogg (exec.), Jake One, Battlecat, Rick Rock, DJ Khalil, Lex Luger, Kanye West, Fredwreck, the Cataracs, Scoop DeVille, Gorillaz, Mr. Porter, Warryn Campbell, David Banner, Meech Wells, Scott Storch, Willie Nelson, Rick Rude, David Guetta
Snoop Dogg chronology
More Malice
(2010)
Doggumentary
(2011)
Mac & Devin Go to High School
(2011)
Singles from Doggumentary
  1. "Wet"
    Released: December 17, 2010
  2. "Boom"
    Released: March 8, 2011

Doggumentary (previously titled Doggumentary Music and Doggystyle 2: Tha Doggumentary) is the eleventh studio album by American hip hop artist Snoop Dogg; released by Priority Records on March 29, 2011.[1] Recording sessions for the album took place during 2010 to 2011.

Production was handled by several record producers, including Battlecat, The Cataracs, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz, Jason Cox, David Banner, THX, DJ Khalil, Fredwreck, Jake One, David Guetta, Kanye West, Mike Dean, Jeff Bhasker, Lex Luger, Meech Wells, Soul Mechanix, Mr. Porter, Rick Rock, Rick Rude, Scoop DeVille, Scott Storch, Warryn Campbell, DJ Reflex, among others. The album debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 50,000 copies in its first week in the United States.[2]

Background[edit]

Snoop Dogg first announced that he was working on a sequel to his 1993 debut album Doggystyle during a studio session with Hip hop producer and rapper Swizz Beatz. The two stated they knocked out eighteen tracks and Snoop ended the video out saying he gave him some gangsta tracks, some R&B tracks and some Hip Hop tracks.[3][4] Snoop Dogg called off plans to release the sequel to his classic debut Doggystyle, instead opting for the title Doggumentary Music for his 11th studio album, set for release in March 2011 on Priority/EMI Records. "I have been in the game for so long and still have the same passion I did when I first started. I want my fans to ride with me on this one and know that I am so focused on bringing good music to them," explained the veteran MC. "It's called Doggumentary Music because this is my life and I want to share my music, and my process of making it, with the fans."[5]

Recording[edit]

Rap-Up reported that Snoop Dogg has recorded with Wiz Khalifa on a track, titled “This Weed Iz Mine.” The smokers’ anthem is scheduled to appear on Snoop’s 11th studio album Doggumentary Music, along with the Scoop DeVille-produced lead single “New Year's Eve and with other songs including “Rollin’ in My Malibu,” “Oh Boy,” and collaborations with Lil Jon and Swizz Beatz.[6] The rapper announced plans to work with Katy Perry again after the pair's number one single "California Gurls" stating, "We're trying to get together and do something on my new album...so [I'm] definitely in contact with her." Snoop told OK! magazine about Perry, "She's a sweet girl, and I had fun making the record with her. Like I said, I'm looking forward to her being on my record as well."[7] Snoop Dogg also recorded with Damon Albarn's animated alternative hip hop group Gorillaz. The song is reportedly left over from the Plastic Beach sessions, in which Snoop collaborated on the track "Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach" Snoop said about the collaboration: "We did that record in London, England at their studio. The track made me wanna' sing & have fun & what not I don't give a f**k, it's like maybe I can smoke witchu' maybe I can't, you know what I'm saying?"[8] Snoop Dogg revealed to MTV that he was looking to get a Britney Spears duet for the album.[9] On November 27, 2010 Snoop Dogg was in the studio with producer David Banner who produced two beats for him.[10]

On December 8, 2010, Snoop Dogg reported to Complex magazine that featured artists will include Kanye West, John Legend, Daz Dillinger, Kokane, Too Short, Ne-Yo, Bootsy Collins, Marty James, Pilot, Wiz Khalifa, Gorillaz, Trey Songz, and LaToiya Williams with production on the album from Jake One, Kanye West, Fredwreck, the Cataracs, Scoop DeVille, David Guetta, J-Kwon, Gorillaz, Denaun Porter, Warryn Campbell, David Banner, Meech Wells, Black Mob, Trylogy, and Rick Rude.[11][12]

However, on February 9, 2011, EMI released a poster that announced some of the guests, which included Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa, Gorillaz, R. Kelly, T-Pain, Young Jeezy, E-40, and more. The producers include Kanye West, Lex Luger, Scott Storch, David Guetta, the Cataracs, Battlecat, Fredwreck, and more.[13]

Release and promotion[edit]

Snoop Dogg announced via Twitter that he would be joining the ranks of emcees Kanye West, Timbaland, Crooked I, and the many prior who released weekly songs in preparation for upcoming projects. Dubbed "Puff Puff Pass Tuesdays," Snoop plans to release a new song each week starting January 11, 2011 (with song "El Lay"), until the release of his album.[14][15]

Singles[edit]

"New Year's Eve" was the first official promotional single released from Doggumentary, it was released on November 5, 2010, on the iTunes Store.[16] The track peaked on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 66.[17] The song features American singer and songwriter Marty James and is produced by Scoop DeVille, producer of Snoop's 2009 single "I Wanna Rock". It did not however make the final cut of the album.[18]

"Wet" the first official lead single from the album. The song was recorded specifically for Prince William's bachelor's party. Snoop's spokespeople bill the song as a sequel to 2007's "Sexual Eruption." Produced by the Cataracs of Far East Movement fame, Snoop spoke of the gift “When I heard the royal family wanted to have me perform in celebration of Prince William’s marriage, I knew I had to give them a little something." He continued, “’Wet’ is the perfect anthem for Prince William or any playa to get the club smokin’."[19] The song was released on iTunes on December 17, 2010.[20] The edited version, entitled "Sweat" will be released to US urban radio stations on January 11, 2011.[21] The single entered the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at number 57, it charted at number 25 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. The official remix, featuring Jim Jones and Shawty Lo, was released on February 8, 2011 as a part of Snoop Dogg's Puff Puff Pass Tuesdays giveaway.[22]

"Gangbang Rookie" was the second official promotional single from the album. The track features rapper Pilot and was released to the iTunes Store on January 14, 2011.[23] The single was produced by Jake One.

"Platinum" was the third official promotional single from the album. The track features singer R. Kelly and was released to the iTunes Store on February 22, 2011.[24] The single was produced by Lex Luger. Snoop Dogg revealed to MTV about the collaboration "I think me and Kells understand who we are and what we do to make each other better," Snoop said. "He has a deep love for music, and sometimes he goes over the head of the people that's listening just like myself, because we're too in-depth with music. We don't just listen to our genre. We find ourselves enjoying all walks of music." The song, however, almost didn't make the final cut, as Snoop had finished up recording the album. Snoop's friend previewed the Lex Luger track for the rapper, which impressed him enough to jot down a few bars. After sending his sketch to Kelly, the crooner replied with his own rough demo, leading the pair to finally complete the record.[25]

"Boom" featuring singer T-Pain is the second official lead single from the album.[26] Produced by Scott Storch the song features samples from 1980's hit Situation by Yazoo.[27] The song was released in the iTunes Store on March 8, 2011,[28] with the video set for release that same day.[29][30] The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 76.[31]

Snoop Dogg has filmed seven more music videos for the album. The seven include one with guest rappers E-40 and Young Jeezy for "My F**kin' House", a video with singer/producer Mr. Porter, the producer and featured artist for the song "My Own Way", one with rapper Pilot for "Gangbang Rookie", another with rapper Wiz Khalifa for "This Weed Iz Mine", one for "El Lay" featuring Marty James, an animated video for "Take U Home", featuring Too Short, Kokane, and Daz Dillinger, and a video for Snoop's song "The Way Life Used to Be".[32][33][34][35][35][36]

Reception[edit]

The album debuted at number eight on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first-week sales of 50,000 copies in the United States.[37] It also entered at number two on Billboard's Top Rap Albums and number four on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. In its second week, it dropped to number thirty five on the Billboard 200.[38] As of February 2012, Doggumentary has sold around 200,000 copies in the US.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[39]
BBC Online (favorable)[40]
Blare Magazine 3/5 stars[41]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[42]
HipHopDX 2.5/5 stars[43]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[44]
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10 [45]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[46]
Spin 5/10[47]
Yahoo! Music 2/10[48]

Doggumentary received mixed reviews from most music critics.[49] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 58, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[49] Rave Magazine gave it two-and-a-half stars.[50]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Toyz N Da Hood" (featuring Bootsy Collins) Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., George Clinton, Jacob Dutton, Phillip Walker, William Earl Collins Jake One 2:40
2. "The Way Life Used to Be"   Brian Holland, Broadus, Denzil Foster, Edward Holland, Jr., Jay King, Kevin Gilliam, Lamont Herbert Dozier, Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Samuel Cooke, Thomas McElroy, William Henry Marcus Miller Jr. Battlecat 3:43
3. "My Own Way" (featuring Mr. Porter) Armond Davis, Broadus, Denaun Porter, Tony Jackson Mr. Porter 3:05
4. "Wonder What It Do" (featuring Uncle Chucc) Broadus, David Frank Paich, Charles Hamilton, Christian Gold, Gilliam, Kenton Nix, Michael Lawrence Denne, William Royce Scaggs Battlecat 3:43
5. "My Fucn House" (featuring Young Jeezy & E-40) Broadus, Earl Stevens, Jayson Wayne Jenkins Rick Rock 5:07
6. "Peer Pressure" (featuring Traci Nelson) Broadus, Farid Karam Nassar, Leslie Sample, Tracie Nelson, Wilbur H. Jennings Fredwreck 4:07
7. "I Don't Need No Bitch" (featuring Devin the Dude & Kobe) Brian Honeycutt, Broadus, Daniel Tannenbaum, Devin Copeland, Malik Jones, Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Terence Harden DJ Khalil 3:59
8. "Platinum" (featuring R. Kelly) Broadus, Lexus Arnel Lewis, Robert Sylvester Kelly Lex Luger 4:29
9. "Boom" (featuring T-Pain) Broadus, Faheem Rasheed Najm, Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet, Scott Storch, Vincent John Martin Scott Storch 3:50
10. "We Rest N Cali" (featuring Goldie Loc & Bootsy Collins) Broadus, Collins, Keiwan Deshawn Spillman, Larry Troutman, Porter, Roger Troutman Mr. Porter 4:10
11. "El Lay" (featuring Marty James) Broadus, Elijah Blue Molina, Marty James Scoop DeVille 4:06
12. "Gangbang Rookie" (featuring Pilot) Broadus, Devlin Williams, Dutton, Jones, Michael Morgan Jake One 3:46
13. "This Weed Iz Mine" (featuring Wiz Khalifa) Andre Booth, Broadus, Chad Bromley, Cameron Jibril Thomaz, Molina, Ryan Patrick Maginn Scoop DeVille 3:43
14. "Wet"   Broadus, David Benjamin, Niles Hollowell-Dhar The Cataracs 3:45
15. "Take U Home" (featuring Too $hort, Kokane & Daz Dillinger) Broadus, Cecil D. Womack, Jr., Delmar Drew Arnaud, Jerry B. Long, Jr., Sean Kenney, Todd Anthony Shaw Meech Wells, Soul Mechanix (co.) 3:55
16. "Sumthin Like This Night" (featuring Gorillaz, Yukimi Nagano & Tony Allen) Broadus, Damon Albarn Damon Albarn, Gorillaz (co.) Jason Cox 3:37
17. "Superman" (featuring Willie Nelson) Broadus, Willie Hugh Nelson Willie Nelson 2:05
18. "Eyez Closed" (featuring Kanye West & John Legend) Broadus, James Bromley Spicer, Jacob Martin, John Stephens, Kanye Omari West, Russell Wendell Simmons Kanye West, Jeff Bhasker, Mike Dean (add.) 5:02
19. "Raised in da Hood"   Broadus, Dino Hawkins, Eric Vidal, Nicholas Vidal, Harden, Troutman, Warryn Campbell Warryn Campbell, DJ Reflex (co.) 3:39
20. "It's D Only Thang"   Broadus, Christopher Goodman, Lavell William Crump David Banner, THX (co.), Crane 3:16
21. "Cold Game" (featuring Latoiya Williams) Broadus, Latoiya Williams, Claude B. Cave, Carlos D. Wilson, Louis W. Wilson, Ricardo A. Wilson, Roger Thomas, Robert Lewis Rick Rude 3:49

 • (co.) Co-producer
 • (add.) Additional production

Sample credits
  • "Wonder What It Do" contains interpolations of "Oh Honey" written by Ken Gold and Michael Lawrence Denne; "Lowdown written by David Paich and William Scaggs and performed by Boz Scaggs; and "Heart Beat" written by Kenton Nix.
  • "Peer Pressure" contains interpolations of "Street Life" written by Will Jennings and Leslie Sample.
  • "This Weed Iz Mine" contains samples of "This Beat Is Mine" written by Andre Booth, and performed by Vicky D.

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Doggumentary adapted from Allmusic.[53]

Musicians[edit]

Techincal personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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