Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss

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Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss
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Studio album by Snoop Dogg
Released November 26, 2002 (2002-11-26)
Recorded 2001 - 02
Studio Doggystyle Records Studio, Diamond Bar, Los Angeles, California
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
  2. "Beautiful"
    Released: January 28, 2003

Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss (stylized as Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$) is the sixth studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released on November 26, 2002, by his Doggystyle label, alongside Priority and Capitol Records. Following his departure from the No Limit Records, he later signed a recording contract to Capitol through Priority Records. The album was supported by two singles: "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" featuring Pharrell, and the other-Pharrell featured track "Beautiful" along with featuring Charlie Wilson.

The album debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200, selling 174,000 copies in its first week. To date, the album became a certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), selling over 1,500,000 copies worldwide.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, called "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" featuring a guest appearance from Pharrell, was released on October 15, 2002. The song's production was handled by The Neptunes. The music video for "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace", was directed by Diane Martel, under the alias Bucky Chrome.

The album's second single, "Beautiful" featuring Pharrell and Charlie Wilson, was released on January 28, 2003. The song also was produced by The Neptunes. In 2003, the music video was released for "Beautiful" featuring Pharrell and Charlie Wilson (who was omitted for the video; directed by Chris Robinson). The video was directed at the Brazil, to which exceeded the single to become a hit on the Billboard's charts.

Release[edit]

It was announced to be re-packaged for the album, with six of these pre-released versions of different album covers, but only several tracks were not to be included on each. Snoop's also contains two-disc's DVD, called Boss Playa: A Day in the Life of Bigg Snoop Dogg; including the first disc featuring three music videos for "Boss Playa", "Pimp Slapp'd" (where both of them, were directed by Pook Brown), and "That's the Shit"; the second disc is a DVD, named "Doggystyle Porn", which features the song, titled "You Like Doin It Too". However, these tracks were later featured in an unreleased project version of the album.

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[4]
Entertainment Weekly A−[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[10]
RapReviews.com (8.5/10)[5]
Robert Christgau (dud)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Stylus Magazine A−[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[citation needed]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[9]
  • Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 - "Snoop stretches his silky flow over tracks by underground ace Hi-Tek and the unstoppable Neptunes."[6]
  • Spin - 8 out of 10 - "The most spirited pop record of his career....Paid Tha Cost is Snoop unleashed."[11]
  • Entertainment Weekly - "Snoop is reborn, a gangsta rap granddaddy in recline." - Rating: A-[3]
  • 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."[9]

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 "Pimp Slapp'd". The message was about making fun of then-Death Row Records' CEO Suge Knight (who was an ex-producer for Snoop Dogg), while Snoop was in jail at the time for the MGM arena mayhem, was supporting Snoop Dogg in the rivalry between him and Knight. The man identified as John Doe, leaving a voice message for Snoop last October, and for months was unaware that it had to be 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 12 on the US Billboard 200, selling 174,000 copies in its first week.[16][17] In November 2004, the album sales, where it has sold 1,210,000 copies in the United States.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Don Doggy"     0:42
2. "Da Bo$$ Would Like to See You" E-Swift 1:59
3. "Stoplight" Jelly Roll 4:26
4. "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" (featuring Pharrell) The Neptunes 4:40
5. "I Believe in You" (featuring LaToiya Williams)
Hi-Tek 4:34
6. "Lollipop" (featuring Jay-Z, Nate Dogg and Soopafly)
Just Blaze 3:48
7. "Ballin'" (featuring The Dramatics and Lil' ½ Dead) Battlecat 5:19
8. "Beautiful" (featuring Pharrell and Charlie Wilson)
  • Broadus, Jr.
  • Williams
  • Chad Hugo
  • Charlie Wilson
The Neptunes 4:58
9. "Paper'd Up" (featuring Kokane and Traci Nelson)
Fredwreck 3:50
10. "Wasn't Your Fault" L.T. Hutton 4:30
11. "Bo$$ Playa" Fredwreck 5:53
12. "Hourglass" (featuring Kokane and Goldie Loc)
Jelly Roll 4:20
13. "The One and Only"
DJ Premier 3:49
14. "I Miss That Bitch" (featuring E-White)
  • Broadus, Jr.
  • Eric White
  • Jerry Butler
  • Marvin Yancy
  • Cottrell
Hi-Tek 3:12
15. "From Long Beach 2 Brick City" (featuring Redman, Nate Dogg and Warren G)
Fredwreck 3:43
16. "Suited n Booted"
3:16
17. "You Got What I Want" (featuring Goldie Loc, Ludacris and Charlie Wilson)
Jelly Roll 3:36
18. "Batman & Robin" (featuring The Lady of Rage and RBX)
DJ Premier 5:03
19. "A Message 2 Fat Cuzz"     1:40
20. "Pimp Slapp'd"
Leimberg 5:42

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[19]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[33] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[34] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[36] Platinum 1,210,000[37]

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

References[edit]

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