R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

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R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
Studio album by Snoop Dogg
Released November 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre Hip hop
Length 77:41
Label
Producer
Snoop Dogg chronology
Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss
(2002)
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
(2004)
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
(2006)
Singles from R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
  1. "Drop It Like It's Hot"
    Released: September 12, 2004 (2004-09-12)
  2. "Let's Get Blown"
    Released: December 14, 2004 (2004-12-14)
  3. "Signs"
    Released: April 25, 2005 (2005-04-25)
  4. "Ups & Downs"
    Released: August 15, 2005 (2005-08-15)

R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece is the seventh studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg, released November 16, 2004, on Doggystyle, Star Trak and Geffen Records. Production for the album took place during 2003 to 2004 at several recording studios and was handled by The Neptunes, The Alchemist, Lil Jon, Hi-Tek, Warryn Campbell, and L.T. Hutton.

The album debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 225,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

In November 2002, Snoop Dogg released his sixth studio album Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss which spawned two worldwide singles "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" and two-time grammy nominated "Beautiful," both which were produced by The Neptunes. In June 2004 it was announced that Snoop Dogg had signed to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo's "The Neptunes" record label Star Trak Entertainment to produce and executive produce his upcoming seventh studio album.[1]

Singles[edit]

"Drop It Like It's Hot", featuring rapper Pharrell Williams, was released as the album's lead single on September 14, 2004. Produced by The Neptunes the song gained some critical attention for its very sparse production, which was essentially just tongue clicks, keyboards and a drum machine beat which, compared to much early 2000s rap, was very minimalist. It was nominated at the Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, though it lost both awards to the songs "Jesus Walks" and "Let's Get It Started", respectively. It reached number ten on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Snoop's first US number one single. The song internationally reached the top-ten in a huge 12 countries.

The second single from the album, "Let's Get Blown", featuring Pharrell Williams, was released on December 14, 2004, produced by The Neptunes. It did not repeat the success of "Drop It Like It's Hot", but it filled the gap between the aforementioned song and the club hit "Signs". Keyshia Cole, who had not garnered a reputation at that time and was therefore left uncredited (her contribution to the R&G song "Pass It Pass It" also went uncredited). The song samples and contains interpolations from Slave's "Watching You," which was also interpolated in "Gin and Juice." The single is one of Snoop Dogg's biggest hits in the UK peaking at number thirteen and number fifty four on the US Billboard Hot 100.

The third single from the album, "Signs", featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, was released on April 25, 2005, produced by The Neptunes. The single reached #2 on the UK Singles Chart in May 2005 and #46 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. However, it was more popular in Australia staying at #1 on the Australian Singles Chart for two weeks. Internationally, the song reached the top-ten in 11 countries.

The fourth and final single from the album, "Ups & Downs", featuring Bee Gees, was released on August 15, 2005, produced by Warryn Campbell. The song interpolates The Bee Gees' 1979 hit "Love You Inside Out". The song charted in several countries but didn't match the success from his previous singles on the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
HipHopDX 3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (2.1/10)[7]
RapReviews (8/10)[8]
Robert Christgau (dud)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[11]

R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic they based on an average score of 63 on the review website which indicates "generally favorable reviews."[12] Uncut rated the album 3 stars out of 5 and wrote that "Snoop still manages some earthy funk, assisted by a gargantuan guest list."[13]

Tom Moon of Rolling Stone wrote that "Truth-in-advertising alert: Even at its most deliriously debauched, R&G isn't quite the worlds-coming-together rap-soul masterpiece the title promises. That said, the top-shelf producers here provide the Dogg with some of the most radio-ready backing of his career: The serpentine down-tempo single "Drop It Like It's Hot," produced by the Neptunes, links Snoop's slyly exuberant delivery to a relentless dance-floor bounce. The same basic formula prevails on "Ups and Downs," which reshnizzles the Bee Gees' "Love You Inside and Out." Trouble comes when the Dogg hits the streets: What should have been a sparky duet with 50 Cent, "Oh No," sours quickly, and a coarse anthem featuring Lil Jon and Trina, "Step Yo Game Up," starts out unimaginatively lewd and descends from there. R&G begs for a little more R and some cleverer G -- or, if Snoop really wanted to be bold, no G at all".[10]

Tom Breihan of Pitchfork Media wrote that R&G; is Snoop's first album for Star Trak, the label run by fallen-off hip-hop hit makers The Neptunes, a duo who all but ruled international radio with dazzling sci-fi stomp-clap new wave beats, but who've been starving for hits ever since they switched up their style to overcooked Vegas schmaltz—all bloopy bass and shuffling drums and swooshing keyboards and unbelievably obnoxious falsetto crooning. The production duo laced five of this album's songs, but their fingerprints are everywhere else here. R&G; has a unified sound, rare in hip-hop albums, but it's a sound based on tinkly pianos and noodly guitars and windchimes. It sounds something like The Black Eyed Peas if they tried to make a Barry White album, but with more falsetto warbling.[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 and sold 225,000 copies in its first week.[14] It has sold over 1,724,000 copies in the U.S. to date according to SoundScan. As of February 2014 the Album sold 2,485,000 copies world wide. [15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Love to Give You Light (Intro)"   The Alchemist 2:38
2. "Bang Out"  
J.R. Rotem 3:05
3. "Drop It Like It's Hot" (featuring Pharrell Williams) The Neptunes 4:26
4. "Can I Get a Flicc Witchu" (featuring Bootsy Collins)
Josef Leimberg 5:24
5. "Ups & Downs" (featuring Bee Gees) Warryn Campbell 4:04
6. "The Bidness"  
Soopafly 3:28
7. "Snoop D.O. Double G"  
4:01
8. "Let's Get Blown" (featuring Pharrell Williams)
The Neptunes 4:41
9. "Step Yo Game Up" (featuring Lil Jon & Trina) Lil Jon 4:24
10. "Perfect" (featuring Charlie Wilson)
The Neptunes 5:51
11. "WBALLZ (Skit)"   Broadus Snoop Dogg 0:21
12. "Fresh Pair of Panties On"  
Ole Folks 2:31
13. "Promise I"  
Mr. Porter 3:17
14. "Oh No" (featuring 50 Cent)
4:03
15. "Can U Control Yo Hoe" (featuring Soopafly)
L.T. Hutton 3:08
16. "Signs" (featuring Justin Timberlake & Charlie Wilson)
The Neptunes 3:56
17. "I'm Threw Witchu" (featuring Soopafly)
  • Broadus
  • Brooks
  • Campell
Warryn Campbell 4:21
18. "Pass It Pass It"  
  • Broadus
  • Hugo
  • Williams
The Neptunes 4:23
19. "Girl Like U" (featuring Nelly)
L.T. Hutton 4:36
20. "No Thang on Me" (featuring Bootsy Collins)
Hi-Tek 4:41
Total length:
77:41
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[16]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[37] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[39] Gold 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[40] Gold 100,000^
Italy (FIMI)[41] Gold 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[42] Platinum 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[43] Gold 20,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[44] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[45] 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]

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