Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
|Tha Blue Carpet Treatment|
|Studio album by Snoop Dogg|
|Released||November 20, 2006|
|Snoop Dogg chronology|
|Singles from Tha Blue Carpet Treatment|
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment is the eighth studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg, released November 21, 2006, on Geffen Records. Production for the album took place during 2005 to 2006 at several recording studios and was handled by Dr. Dre, The Neptunes, Battlecat, DJ Pooh, Timbaland, Danja, Mark Batson, Terrace Martin, and Mr. Porter.
The album debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 264,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics.
The phrase "Blue Carpet" in the album's title references the red carpet used at formal events. The blue color refers to Snoop Dogg's affiliation with the Crips street gang who often wear blue and shun the red of their rival gang, the Bloods. The album cover has undergone several revisions. The first concept, revealed in August 2006 on SnoopDogg.com, featured a cartoon dog (representing Snoop Dogg) displaying Crip gang signals while standing on a blue carpet patterned like a bandana. Had this design been used, it would have been the third of Snoop Dogg's album covers to use the cartoon likeness of the rapper that was designed by his cousin Darryl Daniel. An updated version was shown on the Late Show with David Letterman 13th Anniversary Special on August 30, 2006 that featured a parody of the famous Hollywood Sign which instead read "LONG BEACH". It was then changed to its current version. Geffen posted this as the final cover for the album on their website.
The album takes the Long Beach, California native back to his gangsta roots. The rapper told MTV.com the album has allowed him to embrace his true nature. "I went right back to the 'hood", he said of his album's production. "I took it back to the basics. I've been making a lot of pop songs, lot of R&B songs. Songs that may have made my fans feel like I wavered from what I was naturally accustomed to doing. But I'm an entertainer and I entertain people and that's what I was feeling at the time. But right now, I'm feeling like going right back to the 'hood". Pharrell said the rapper's music video, "Vato" will not only show his gangsta side, but will also tackle the issue of violence between African Americans and Hispanics in Los Angeles and call for racial unity.
Snoop Dogg, teamed up with known DJs from the West, East, and the South and released Tha Blue Carpet Treatment Mixtape, which was hosted by DJ Skee, DJ Whoo Kid, and DJ Drama. It contained all the rumoured tracks that had been cut from the final track listing of his studio album. It was released a few weeks before the official album came out.
The track "Think About It" was composed by Frequency in his dorm room one and a half year prior to this album while he was a student in Virginia. The material was passed to Mike Chavez of Geffen Records who gave it to Snoop Dogg. Snoop Dogg used the track to show his older son - who had not chosen him as the favorite hip-hop artist when being asked - that he can still be an old school gangster rapper regarding his style if he wants to.
Originally, the track "Imagine" was slated to be on Busta Rhymes' The Big Bang album. Busta Rhymes stated in several interviews, shortly before The Big Bang's release, that the sample for "Imagine" was still trying to be cleared. Busta Rhymes stated that he was not sure that the sample would be cleared in time for his album's release, so it had to be excluded from his album. The sample was not cleared in time, and it is presumable that the song was given to Snoop Dogg for his album soon after. It was then recorded with verses by Kam and Snoop Dogg (different from the album version) that was played on the TBCT Listening party. Although Busta Rhymes later released a remix to the song, it is presumable that his "remix" is actually the intended original version that did not make the release of The Big Bang. Moreover artists like Nas, Adil Omar, Ja Rule and Black-Ty also did freestyles to the song.
"Which One of You" was recorded prior to the album by and for a group called N.V. that is run by producing team 1500 or Nothin'. The song "'Round Here" also samples the same sample from the song "Thank You" performed by Dido that Eminem used for Stan. Snoop Dogg wasn't aware of this fact when making the record. "L.A.X." contains a sample of "More Bounce to the Ounce" by Zapp, which Snoop Dogg already used once in one of his earlier album cut, in "Snoop Bounce" from Tha Doggfather. "That's That Shit", "Boss' Life" and "Imagine" had lyrics ghostwritten by former Aftermath Entertainment artist Stat Quo (Benton, S.) and The D.O.C. (Curry, T.).
Snoop Dogg told Billboard that he was working on this album, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, for nine months. He has collaborated with the likes of R. Kelly on the biggest song on the album called "That's That" produced by Nottz and other featured on the album Ice Cube, Pharrell, D'Angelo, Akon, Nate Dogg, B-Real of Cypress Hill, and even Stevie Wonder. He also confirmed that Dr. Dre had a big input on this album, producing several tracks and even rapping a verse on the track, "Imagine". Dr. Dre hadn't produced any Snoop Dogg tracks since 2000. He also did I Wanna Fuck You with Akon but had to release a cleaned up version for radio play called I Wanna Love You.
Other songs we're recorded for the album that didn't make the final cut. "Wannabes" featuring Young Jeezy and Nate Dogg; produced by DJ Quik, "Smokin' Smokin' Weed" featuring Ray J, Slim Thug, Shorty Mack and Nate Dogg, and "Put This Thang on You" featuring Ne-Yo.
|The A.V. Club||B+ |
|Pitchfork Media||(7.5/10) |
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment received generally positive reviews from music critics. The album maintained generally positive reviews with IGN calling it "one of Snoop's strongest efforts in a long time, with the beats, rhymes, and guests all complimenting the Doggfather with grand immediacy." It received a 4 out of 5 from Allhiphop.com, About.com and Allmusic. Ryan Dombal for Entertainment Weekly wrote that "Blue Carpet finds him refocused and reunited with Dr. Dre on four tracks. The two get nostalgic on standout 'Imagine'." - Grade: B+ Vibe magazine wrote that "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment stands as a strong statement from a veteran still pushing his artistic boundaries." Blender wrote that the album is "A throwback to his trunk-rattling G-funk heyday." - Grade: 3.5 out of five stars. XXL wrote that "Snoop's lyrical fire seems resurrected, as he delivers arguably his most consistently scorching work post-Doggystyle."
Christian Hoard for Rolling Stone wrote that Snoop's eighth LP doesn't do much to break the trend. The production is pretty hot, with high-def beats that range from tricked-out funk (Dr. Dre's "Boss's Life") to dark, tense bounce (the excellent Neptunes-produced "Vato"). The radio-friendly ups—the R. Kelly feature "That's That Shit"—balance out brawny head-nodders like "Gangbangin 101." Snoop sounds great dropping streams of consonants on "Think About It," and few rappers could make a minimalist "Drop It Like It's Hot"-style cut like "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)" sound so singular.
Nathan Rabin for The A.V. Club reviewed the album and wrote that "Snoop has always been able to knock out infectious radio singles, but his albums generally strand a few knockout songs amid oceans of lazy filler, opportunist trend-hopping, and derivative, second-rate G-funk. Sleepy, anticlimactic recent reunion albums from Dogg Pound and 213 (Snoop, Warren G, and Nate Dogg) failed to rouse Snoop out of his longstanding professional funk. So why does Snoop's shockingly good The Blue Carpet Treatment sound more like a loose, revitalized follow-up to Doggystyle? Dr. Dre's reappearance certainly doesn't hurt. Dre has always brought out the best in Snoop, and his presence seems to have reignited Snoop's passion and hunger. No track better exemplifies the disc's ethos of delirious excess than "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)", an insanely catchy candy-coated R&B song with clever nods to hyphy (E-40 and producer Rick Rock) and retro jazz-rap (check out that crazy Digable Planets sample!), plus guest raps from a small army of past-their-prime gangstas. When faced with a choice, Snoop here inevitably chooses all of the above. So Treatment gives listeners Dr. Dre and The Neptunes, The Game and Ice Cube, red-hot polygamy enthusiast Akon and old standby Nate Dogg, George Clinton and Stevie Wonder, gangsta shit, pimp shit, and at least one song encouraging pee-wee football players to go hard or go home. With his lush Blue Carpet Treatment, Snoop Dogg finally seems intent on building and expanding his musical legacy, rather than merely coasting on it.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and sold 264,000 copies in its first week. On the Nielsen SoundScan annual Best Sellers Top 100 rankings it was listed 97th with the 2006 year-end catalog closing sales number of 637,000 copies despite having been released in mid-November and its sales data is accumulated for only one and a half months.
|1.||"Intrology" (featuring George Clinton)||Battlecat||1:59|
|2.||"Think About It"||
|3.||"Crazy" (featuring Nate Dogg)||Fredwreck||4:26|
|4.||"Vato" (featuring B-Real)||The Neptunes||4:44|
|5.||"That's That ****" (featuring R. Kelly)||Nottz||4:17|
|6.||"Candy (Drippin' Like Water)" (featuring E-40, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc, Daz Dillinger & Kurupt)||Rick Rock||4:48|
|7.||"Get A Light" (featuring Damian Marley)||3:41|
|8.||"Gangbangin' 101" (featuring The Game)||Terrace Martin||4:01|
|9.||"Boss' Life" (featuring Akon1)||
|10.||"LAX" (featuring Ice Cube)||Battlecat||3:21|
|11.||"10 Lil' Crips"||
|13.||"A ***** I Knew"||
|14.||"Like This" (featuring Western Union & LaToiya Williams)||Soopafly||3:56|
|15.||"Which One of You" (featuring Nine Inch Dix)||
||1500 or Nothin'||3:32|
|16.||"I Wanna Love You" (featuring Akon)||
|17.||"Psst!" (featuring Jamie Foxx)||
|18.||"Beat Up On Yo Pads"||
|19.||"Don't Stop" (featuring Warzone & Kurupt)||
||Chris "THX" Goodman||3:22|
|20.||"Imagine" (featuring Dr. Dre & D'Angelo)||
|21.||"Conversations" (featuring Stevie Wonder)||3:38|
- Sample credits
- "Intrology" contains samples from "Dirt Off Your Shoulder" performed by Jay-Z.
- "Think About It" contains samples from "I Need You" performed by The Impressions.
- "Crazy" contains interpolations of "She's Strange" performed by Cameo.
- "That's That **** contains samples of "The Bath" performed by Nile Rodgers.
- "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)" contains samples of "9th Wonder (Blackploitism)" performed by Digable Planets; and interpolations of "Candy" by Cameo.
- "Boss' Life" contains samples of "If Tomorrow Never Comes" performed by The Controllers; and "Everybody Rise" performed by Busta Rhymes.
- "L.A.X." contains samples of "Going Back to Cali" performed by The Notorious B.I.G.; and "More Bounce to the Ounce" performed by Zapp.
- "Round Here" contains samples of "Thank You" performed by Dido.
- "Like This" contains samples of "Coffy Sauna" performed by Roy Ayers.
- "Imagine" contains samples of "Have a Talk with God" performed by Stevie Wonder.
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||60,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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