Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss

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Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss
Studio album by Snoop Dogg
Released November 26, 2002 (2002-11-26)
Recorded 2001-02
Genre Hip hop
Length 78:59
Label
Producer
Snoop Dogg chronology
Tha Last Meal
(2000)
Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss
(2002)
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
(2004)
Singles from Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss
  1. "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace"
    Released: October 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)
  2. "Beautiful"
    Released: January 28, 2003 (2003-01-28)

Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss is the sixth studio album from rapper Snoop Dogg, released in 2002. The album has been certified Platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 1,300,000 copies worldwide.

There were two singles releases that were followed by videos for TV promotion. Although both "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" and "Beautiful" feature Pharrell, he was only featured in the latter video shoot that took place in Brazil. They were directed by Bucky Chrome and Chris Robinson respectively, and also there are two street videos embedded in Snoop Dogg's Boss Playa - a day in the life of Bigg Snoop Dogg DVD, namely "Boss Playa" and "Pimp Slapp'd", both directed by Pook Brown, and there's also a third one made for the "That's the Shit", and a fourth one that can be seen in the Doggystyle porn DVD ("You Like Doin It Too") however these tracks are from the later unreleased project version of the album.

Thanks to the Brazilian eye-catching carnival-like scenes of the "Beautiful" video, the song became an instant hit and charted in almost every major country all around the world, helping the album to achieve Gold in 6 weeks and Platinum within four months. It reached the 60th spot on the LAUNCH Music Videos Top 100. The album has six announced pre-released versions with different CD covers and several tracks not included in the final list.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (76/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[5]
RapReviews.com (8.5/10)[6]
Robert Christgau (dud)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Stylus Magazine A−[9]
USA Today 3/4 stars[citation needed]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[10]
  • Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 - "Snoop stretches his silky flow over tracks by underground ace Hi-Tek and the unstoppable Neptunes."[8]
  • Spin - 8 out of 10 - "The most spirited pop record of his career....Paid Tha Cost is Snoop unleashed."[11]
  • Uncut - 3 stars out of 5 - "He treads a line between loving monogamy and club bangers, emphasizing accessibility throughout."[12]
  • Vibe - 3.5 out of 5 - "His wordplay is still as nimble and quick as ever, giving the beats a beat down with newfound urgency."[10]

Controversy[edit]

On March 24, 2003 a lawsuit was filed against Snoop Dogg, in which a Californian man (who kept his anonymity for security reasons) claimed that his life was endangered after the rapper had included, without his permission, a 50 second phone message the plaintiff had left in the album's last track, titled "Pimp Slapp'd". The message made fun of then Death Row Records CEO Suge Knight, ex-producer of Snoop Dogg and in jail at the time for the MGM arena mayhem, supporting Snoop Dogg in the rivalry between him and Knight. The man identified as John Doe left a voice message for Snoop last October, and for months was unaware that it had been included as part of a song on the album.

After hearing the track himself, the plaintiff called Snoop and inquired about the message's inclusion, to which he replied "because it was so real." John Doe, who was identified on the answering machine as Jim Bob, insisted the album be recalled and cancelled for distribution in its current form. The plaintiff lives in Compton as does Knight, who is known to still have affiliations with the Bloods gang. He stated in court papers that he had been threatened verbally several times and that he fears his and his mother's life due to Knight's close proximity. The judge dismissed a lawsuit for common law appropriation of voice and intentional infliction of emotional distress on February 3, 2004 because privacy can not be maintained while leaving a message on another's recording device.[13][14][15]

Commercial performance[edit]

Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss debuted at number twelve on the Billboard 200 and sold 174,000 copies in its first week.[16]

Track listing[edit]

# Song Producer Time
1 "Don Doggy" 0:42
2 "Da Bo$$ Would Like to See You" E-Swift 1:59
3 "Stoplight" Jelly Roll 4:26
4 "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" (feat. Pharrell) The Neptunes 4:40
5 "I Believe in You" (feat. LaToiya Williams) Hi-Tek 4:34
6 "Lollipop" (feat. Jay-Z, Soopafly, Nate Dogg) Just Blaze 3:48
7 "Ballin'" (feat. The Dramatics, Lil' Half Dead) Battlecat 5:19
8 "Beautiful" (feat. Pharrell, Charlie Wilson) The Neptunes 4:58
9 "Paper'd Up" (feat. Kokane, Traci Nelson) Fredwreck 3:50
10 "Wasn't Your Fault" (feat. Ginuwine) L.T. Hutton 4:30
11 "Bo$$ Playa" Fredwreck 5:53
12 "Hourglass" (feat. Kokane, Goldie Loc) Jelly Roll 4:20
13 "The One and Only" DJ Premier 3:49
14 "I Miss That Bitch" (feat. E-White) Hi-Tek 3:12
15 "From Long Beach 2 Brick City" (feat. Redman & Nate Dogg) Fredwreck 3:43
16 "Suited N Booted" Meech Wells, Keith Clizark 3:16
17 "You Got What I Want" (feat. Charlie Wilson, Goldie Loc, Ludacris) Jelly Roll 3:36
18 "Batman & Robin" (feat. Lady of Rage, RBX) DJ Premier 5:03
19 "A Message 2 Fat Cuzz" 1:40
20 "Pimp Slapp'd" Josef Laimberg 5:42
21 "Mission Cleopatra" (feat. Jamel Debbouze) [France Bonus Track] Daz Dillinger 3:51

Samples[edit]

Pimp Slapp'd

Ballin'

Batman and Robin

  • "Batman" by TeeVee Toons, Inc.

Bo$$ Playa

From Long Beach 2 Brick City

  • "Wikka Wrap" by The Evasions

Hourglass

  • "I Just Want to Be" by Cameo

I Miss That B****

Stoplight

The One and Only

From Tha Chuuuch to Da Palace

Wasn't Your Fault

  • "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" by Cherrelle

Da Bo$$ Would Like to See You

Paper'd Up

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[17]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[30] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[31] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[33] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Blender review[dead link]
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  10. ^ a b "Vibe review". Vibe (New York City: InterMedia Partners): 125–6. January 2003. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Spin review". Spin: 100. February 2003. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Uncut review". Uncut (IPC Media): 128. January 2003. ISSN 1368-0722. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
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  32. ^ "British album certifications – Snoop Dogg – Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
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