Malice n Wonderland

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Malice n Wonderland
Studio album by Snoop Dogg
Released December 8, 2009 (2009-12-08)
Recorded January–September 2009
Genre Hip hop
Length 54:04
Label
Producer
Snoop Dogg chronology
Ego Trippin'
(2008)
Malice n Wonderland
(2009)
More Malice
(2010)
Singles from Malice n Wonderland
  1. "Gangsta Luv"
    Released: October 6, 2009 (2009-10-06)
  2. "That's tha Homie"
    Released: November 3, 2009 (2009-11-03)
  3. "I Wanna Rock"
    Released: November 17, 2009 (2009-11-17)
  4. "Pronto"
    Released: December 1, 2009 (2009-12-01)

Malice n Wonderland is the tenth studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg, released December 8, 2009 on Doggystyle and Priority Records. Production for the album took place from January until September 2009 at several recording studios and the production was handled by Battlecat, The-Dream, Tricky Stewart, The Neptunes, Teddy Riley, Lil Jon, and Terrace Martin.[1]

The album debuted at number twenty three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 59,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Malice n Wonderland received generally mixed reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

The album was originally planned to be released through a distribution deal with MTV after his departure with Interscope Records.[2] In mid 2009, Priority Records announced that Snoop Dogg was appointed creative chairman of Priority Records and the label also announced plans to release his tenth studio album on the label.[3]

The album consists of fourteen tracks and features production from Teddy Riley, Nottz, The Neptunes, The-Dream, and Terrace Martin. Guest features include R. Kelly, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, and Brandy.

Doggystyle Records president and Snoopadelic Films president Ted Chung, Snoop shooting a mini-movie to accompany the album (similar to his 1994 short film/soundtrack Murder Was the Case), portraying him as a "super gangster".[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (61/100)[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[7]
IGN (7.5/10)[8]
Now Magazine 4/5 stars[9]
PopMatters (4/10)[10]
RapReviews (7.5/10)[11]
Robert Christgau (dud)[12]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars [13]
The Source 4/5 stars[14]
ThaCorner 2.5/5 stars[15]
USA Today 3/4 stars[16]
XXL 3/5 stars (L)[17]

Malice n Wonderland was received with generally favorable reviews, with Metacritic giving it 61 out of 100.[5] The Smoking Section said "[Snoop's] one-of-a-kind flow and the knowledge of how to actually craft an enjoyable record will likely continue to serve as one of premiere blueprints in Hip-Hop."[18]

Singles[edit]

"Gangsta Luv", featuring The-Dream, was released as the album's lead single on October 6, 2009. The song was produced by American producers, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, one of two such productions on the album.[4]

The second single from the album, "That's tha Homie", was released for digital download on November 3, 2009.

The third single from the album, "I Wanna Rock" which samples Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's 1988 song "It Takes Two" was released for digital download on November 17, 2009.

The fourth single from the album, "Pronto" featuring Soulja Boy, was released for digital download on December 1, 2009.

Promotion[edit]

Snoop Dogg hosted WWE Raw on October 19, 2009 to promote Malice n Wonderland.[19]

Commercial performance[edit]

Malice n Wonderland debuted at number 23 on the Billboard 200, selling 59,000 in its opening week.[20] It is his first album since Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss not to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, and his lowest charting album on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop charts and his only album to miss the British and Australian top 100. First week numbers of the album are Snoop Dogg's lowest yet. Malice n Wonderland has sold 300,000 to date.[21] His previous album, Ego Trippin' debuted at number three in the United States with 137,000 copies sold, and has sold about 400,000 copies in USA to date.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Snoop Dogg 0:14
2. "I Wanna Rock"   Scoop DeVille 3:56
3. "2 Minute Warning"   Terrace Martin 1:53
4. "1800" (featuring Lil Jon) Lil Jon 3:35
5. "Different Languages" (featuring Jazmine Sullivan) Teddy Riley, Scoop DeVille, PMG (co.) 4:44
6. "Gangsta Luv" (featuring The-Dream) Tricky Stewart, The-Dream 4:16
7. "Pronto" (featuring Soulja Boy) B-Don, Super Ced (co.) 4:57
8. "That's tha Homie"   Danja 5:43
9. "Upside Down" (featuring Nipsey Hussle & Problem) Terrace Martin, Jason Martin (co.) 4:44
10. "Secrets" (featuring Kokane) Battlecat 4:53
11. "Pimpin Ain't EZ" (featuring R. Kelly) Nottz 4:12
12. "Luv Drunk" (featuring The-Dream) Tricky Stewart, The-Dream 3:55
13. "Special" (featuring Brandy & Pharrell) The Neptunes 5:26
14. "Outro"   Snoop Dogg 1:31

 • (co.) Co-producer

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Malice n Wonderland adapted from Allmusic.[22]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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