No Limit Top Dogg

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No Limit Top Dogg
Snoop front.JPG
Studio album by Snoop Dogg
Released May 11, 1999
Recorded 1998–99[1]
Genre West coast hip hop, gangsta rap, southern rap, g-funk
Length 78:14
Label No Limit, Priority
(North America)
0499 2 50052 2 6
P2-50052

No Limit, Priority, Virgin, EMI Records
7243 8 47556 2 1
V2-47556
Producer Master P (exec.), 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 for My N's"
    Released: September 27, 1999

No Limit Top Dogg is the fourth studio album (the second on No Limit Records) by American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released May 11, 1999, by No Limit Records and Priority Records.

The album's lead single "Bitch Please" featuring Xzibit and Nate Dogg, produced by Dr. Dre became a hit. The music video for the album's second single "G Bedtime Stories" which was a success, the song was produced by Meech Wells. Production was handled by Master P, Dr. Dre, KLC and Snoop himself.

Album information[edit]

The album's 187,400, during the debut week sales while it has peaked at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart,[2] which only became the second to Ricky Martin's 1999 self-titled album with huge first week sales of 661,000 copies.

Though it was Snoop Dogg's first album to not debut at number 1 and have strong album sales for the first week (probably due to the very anticipated Ricky Martin sales rush),[3] it eventually sold 1,100,000 copies by closing the year of 1999 making it the 73rd best selling album of the year.[4] 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[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
NME 8/10[7]
RapReviews 8.5/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[10]
USA Today 3/4 stars[11]
Robert Christgau (A−)

The album generally gained positive reviews from critics with Complex placing it at Number 17 on their list of The Top 25 Best No Limit Albums on April 5, 2013 (the only one of Snoop's 3 albums released during his time at the record label).[12]

  • The Source - Included in The Source's "Top 10 Albums of the Year [1999]."[13]
  • 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."[9]
  • 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."[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Dolomite Intro"       0:27
2. "Buck 'Em" (featuring Sticky Fingaz) Calvin Broadus, Jr., Kirk Jones Dr. Dre 2:44
3. "Trust Me" (featuring Suga Free & Sylk-E. Fyne) Broadus, Jr., Dejuan Rice, L. Johnson Bud'da 4:09
4. "My Heat Goes Boom"   Broadus, Jr. Meech Wells 3:40
5. "Dolomite"       0:52
6. "Snoopafella"   Broadus, Jr. Ant Banks 5:22
7. "In Love with a Thug"   Broadus, Jr. Meech Wells 3:44
8. "G Bedtime Stories"   Broadus, Jr. Meech Wells 2:14
9. "Down for My N's" (with C-Murder featuring Magic) Broadus, Jr., Corey Miller, Awood Johnson KLC 3:46
10. "Betta Days"   Broadus, Jr. Meech Wells, Def Jeff 3:55
11. "Somethin Bout Yo Bidness"   Broadus, Jr., Raphael Saadiq G-One 4:10
12. "B Please" (featuring Xzibit & Nate Dogg) Broadus, Jr., Alvin Joiner, Nathaniel Hale Dr. Dre 3:54
13. "Doin' Too Much"   Broadus, Jr. DJ Quik 4:07
14. "Gangsta Ride" (featuring Silkk the Shocker) Broadus, Jr., Vyshonn Miller Meech Wells 3:44
15. "Ghetto Symphony" (featuring Mia X, Fiend, C-Murder, Silkk the Shocker, Mystikal & Goldie Loc) Broadus, Jr., Mia Young, Corey Miller, Vyshonn Miller, Michael Tyler, Keiwan Spillman KLC 5:40
16. "Party with a D.P.G."   Broadus, Jr. Jelly Roll 4:55
17. "Buss'n Rocks"   Broadus, Jr. DJ Quik 4:23
18. "Just Dippin'" (featuring Dr. Dre & Jewell) Broadus, Jr., Andre Young, Jewell Caples Dr. Dre 4:03
19. "Don't Tell" (featuring Warren G, Mausberg & Nate Dogg) Broadus, Jr., Warren Griffin, Johnny Burns, Nathaniel Hale DJ Quik 4:47
20. "20 Minutes" (featuring Goldie Loc) Broadus, Jr., Keiwan Spillman Goldie Loc 3:59
21. "I Love My Momma"   Broadus, Jr. 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)[26] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] 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 (May 19, 1999). "Ricky Martin Couldn't Be Hotter; Snoop Not 'Top Dogg'". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Snoop Runs a Hot Second to Martin". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). May 22, 1999. ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1999". Billboard. January 22, 2000. Retrieved January 1, 2015. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Snoop Dogg: No Limit Top Dogg > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  6. ^ Tom Sinclair (May 14, 1999). "Top Dogg (1999): Snoop Dogg". Entertainment Weekly (Time) (#485). ISSN 1049-0434. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b "NME review". NME (IPC Media): 37. May 29, 1999. ISSN 0028-6362. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ Juon, Steve (May 13, 1999). "Snoop Dogg :: No Limit Top Dogg :: No Limit". 
  9. ^ a b Powell, Kevin (June 10, 1999). "Snoop Dogg: Top Dogg". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow) (RS 814): 120. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on November 11, 2007. 
  10. ^ Baker, Soren (May 9, 1999). "Snoop Dogg, "No Limit Topp Dogg"". Los Angeles Times (Tribune Company). ISSN 0458-3035. OCLC 3638237. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  11. ^ Jones, Steve (May 11, 1999). "Snoop unleashes a funky 'Dogg'". USA Today (Gannett). ISSN 0734-7456. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  12. ^ "The Top 25 Best No Limit Albums". Complex (magazine). April 5, 2013. Retrieved January 30, 2015. 
  13. ^ "The Source review". The Source: 95. February 2000. ISSN 1063-2085. Retrieved October 2, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Snoop Dogg Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for Snoop Dogg.
  16. ^ "Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH.
  19. ^ "Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien.
  20. ^ "1999 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. May 6, 1999. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  21. ^ "1999 Top 40 Official UK R&B Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. 
  22. ^ "Snoop Dogg Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Snoop Dogg.
  23. ^ "Snoop Dogg Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Snoop Dogg.
  24. ^ "Best of 1999 – Billboard 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Best of 1999 – R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved May 7, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg". Music Canada. 
  27. ^ "British album certifications – Snoop Dogg – Top Dogg". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 7, 2013.  Enter Top Dogg in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  28. ^ "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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