No Limit Top Dogg

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No Limit Top Dogg
Studio album by Snoop Dogg
Released May 11, 1999
Recorded Autumn 1998–Spring 1999[1]
Genre West coast hip hop, gangsta rap, southern rap
Length 78:14
Label No Limit/Priority/ (North America)
0499 2 50052 2 6
P2-50052

No Limit/Priority/Virgin/EMI Records (rest of world)
7243 8 47556 2 1
V2-47556
Producer Master P (executive)
Dr. Dre, KLC
Snoop Dogg chronology
Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
(1998)
No Limit Top Dogg
(1999)
Tha Last Meal
(2000)
Singles from No Limit Top Dogg
  1. "G Bedtime Stories"
    Released: February 6, 1999
  2. "Bitch Please"
    Released: April 29, 1999
  3. "Down 4 My Niggaz"
    Released: September 27, 1999

No Limit Top Dogg is Snoop Dogg's fourth studio album and his second on No Limit Records. It was released May 11, 1999 and features the hit single "Bitch Please" featuring Xzibit and Nate Dogg, produced by Dr. Dre and Master P. There was also a music video for the single "G Bedtime Stories" which was a success, the song was produced by Meech Wells.

Album information[edit]

The album's 187,400 debut week sales made it jump to #2 on the Billboard album charts,[2] only second to Ricky Martin's 1999 self-titled album with huge first week sales of over 661,000 copies.

Though it was Snoop Dogg's first album to not debut at #1 and have strong album sales for the first week (probably due to the very anticipated Ricky Martin sales rush),[3] it eventually sold 1,503,865 copies in 1999. It topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums though. Planning of this album dates back a few days prior to the release of Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
NME 8/10[6]
RapReviews 8.5/10[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[9]
USA Today 3/4 stars[10]
  • The Source - Included in The Source's "Top 10 Albums of the Year [1999]."[11]
  • Rolling Stone - 3 out of 5 - Good - "Snoop's finest work since his debut album...full of seductive party jams that will keep heads bobbing through the summer. Snoop has returned to West Coast G-funk with the help of some old friends...like Dr. Dre and DJ Quik."[8]
  • NME - 8 out of 10 - "...the silken, sumptuous flow of yore is back, threading deluxe soul and full-bodied grooves....the cool drawl of Snoop...captivates, unveiling tales of love, thuggery, surviving and succeeding in the wild west....a certifiable return to form."[6]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Dolomite Intro"     0:27
2. "Buck 'Em" (featuring Sticky Fingers) Dr. Dre 2:44
3. "Trust Me" (featuring Suga Free & Sylk-E. Fyne) Bud'da 4:09
4. "My Heat Goes Boom"   Wells 3:40
5. "Dolomite"     0:53
6. "Snoopafella"   Ant Banks 5:22
7. "In Love with a Thug"   Meech Wells 3:44
8. "G Bedtime Stories"   Meech Wells 2:15
9. "Down For My Hitters" (with C-Murder featuring Magic) KLC 3:46
10. "Better Days"   Meech Wells, Def Jeff 3:56
11. "Something About Your Business" (featuring Raphael Saadiq) G-One 4:12
12. "Trick Please" (featuring Xzibit & Nate Dogg) Dr. Dre 3:54
13. "Doin' Too Much"   DJ Quik 4:07
14. "Gangsta Ride" (featuring Silkk the Shocker) Meech Wells 3:44
15. "Ghetto Symphony" (featuring Mia X, Fiend, C-Murder, Silkk the Shocker, Mystikal & Goldie Loc) KLC 5:40
16. "Party with a D.P.G."   Jelly Roll 4:55
17. "Buss'n Rocks"   DJ Quik 4:23
18. "Just Dippin'" (featuring Dr. Dre & Jewell) Dr. Dre 4:03
19. "Don't Tell" (featuring Warren G, Mausberg & Nate Dogg) DJ Quik 4:47
20. "20 Minutes" (featuring Goldie Loc) Goldie Loc 3:59
21. "I Love My Momma"   Meech Wells 3:06

Samples[edit]

Buss'n Rocks

20 Minutes

Betta Days

  • "I Like Funky Music" by Uncle Louie
  • "Heartbeat" by Taana Gardner

B**** Please

Snoopafella

Don't Tell

  • "Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)" by Snoop Dogg

Down for My N****z

Ghetto Symphony

In Love With a Thug

My Heat Goes Boom

Party With a D.P.G.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[23] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[24] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[25] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Old No Limit News". Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Rosen, Craig (19 May 1999). "Ricky Martin Couldn't Be Hotter; Snoop Not 'Top Dogg'". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Snoop Runs a Hot Second to Martin". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). 22 May 1999. ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Snoop Dogg: No Limit Top Dogg > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  5. ^ "Top Dogg (1999): Snoop Dogg". Entertainment Weekly (Time) (#485). 14 May 1999. ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "NME review". NME (IPC Media): 37. 29 May 1999. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Juon, Steve (13 May 1999). "Snoop Dogg :: No Limit Top Dogg :: No Limit". RapReviews.com. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Powell, Kevin (10 June 1999). "Snoop Dogg: Top Dogg". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 814): 120. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 15 November 2007. 
  9. ^ Baker, Soren (9 May 1999). "Snoop Dogg, "No Limit Topp Dogg"". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  10. ^ Jones, Steve (11 May 1999). "Snoop unleashes a funky 'Dogg'". USA Today (Gannett). ISSN 0734-7456. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "The Source review". The Source: 95. February 2000. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "ARIA Albums Chart 05/30/1999". Australian Albums Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  13. ^ Caulfield, Keith (May 7, 2013). "Official: Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg" (in Dutch). Dutch Albums Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg" (in French). French Albums Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Album - Snoop Dogg, No Limit Top Dogg". Media Control GfK International. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  17. ^ "charts.org.nz – Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg". New Zealand Albums Chart. Hung Medien. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  18. ^ "1999 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. May 6, 1999. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  19. ^ Caulfield, Keith (May 6, 1999). "Official: Snoop Dogg - No Limit Top Dogg". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  20. ^ Caulfield, Keith (May 11, 2013). "Official: Snoop Lion - Reincarnated". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Best of 1999 – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  22. ^ "Best of 1999 – R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  23. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg". Music Canada. 
  24. ^ "British album certifications – Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 7, 2013.  Enter Top Dogg in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  25. ^ "American album certifications – Snoop Dogg – No Limit Top Dogg". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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