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
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 (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 Doggystyle Records, Priority Records and Capitol Records. This the first album from the label after his departure from No Limit Records.

Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss was supported by two singles—"From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" and "Beautiful". The album debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 174,000 copies in its first week. The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and it has sold over 1,500,000 copies worldwide.

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single titled "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" featuring Pharrell, was released on October 15, 2002.

The album's second single "Beautiful" featuring Pharrell and Charlie Wilson, was released on January 28, 2003. The music video for "Beautiful" along with Pharrell and Charlie Wilson, was released, which it only features both Snoop and Pharrell in the latter video shoot where it took place in Brazil and it was directed by Bucky Chrome and Chris Robinson, respectively. The song became an instant hit on the Billboard charts.

Release[edit]

It was announced that the album will be re-packaged, along with six pre-released versions also with different album covers, but only several tracks were not to be included.

Promotion[edit]

Snoop Dogg's Boss Playa - a day in the life of Bigg Snoop Dogg DVD features two music videos, namely "Boss Playa" and "Pimp Slapp'd", which are both directed by Pook Brown. There is also a third one made for "That's the Shit", and a fourth one which can be seen in the Doggystyle porn DVD, 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]
  • 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, 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 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 174,000 copies in its first week.[16][17]

As of November 2004, the album sales 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$$ Would Like to See You"     E-Swift 1:59
3. "Stoplight"     Jelly Roll 4:26
4. "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" (featuring Pharrell)   The Neptunes 4:40
5. "I Believe in You" (featuring Latoya Williams)   Hi-Tek 4:34
6. "Lollipop" (featuring Jay-Z, Soopafly & Nate Dogg)   Just Blaze 3:48
7. "Ballin'" (featuring The Dramatics & Lil' Half Dead)   Battlecat 5:19
8. "Beautiful" (featuring Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson)   The Neptunes 4:58
9. "Paper'd Up" (featuring Mr. Kane & Traci Nelson)   Fredwreck 3:50
10. "Wasn't Your Fault" (featuring Ginuwine)   L.T. Hutton 4:30
11. "Bo$$ Playa"     Fredwreck 5:53
12. "Hourglass" (featuring Mr. Kane & Goldie Loc)   Jelly Roll 4:20
13. "The One and Only"     DJ Premier 3:49
14. "I Miss That Bitch" (featuring E-White)   Hi-Tek 3:12
15. "From Long Beach 2 Brick City" (featuring Redman, Nate Dogg & Warren G)   Fredwreck 3:43
16. "Suited n Booted"     Meech Wells, Keith Clizark 3:16
17. "You Got What I Want" (featuring Goldie Loc, Ludacris & Uncle Charlie Wilson)   Jelly Roll 3:36
18. "Batman & Robin" (featuring The Lady of Rage & RBX)   DJ Premier 5:03
19. "A Message 2 Fat Cuzz"       1:40
20. "Pimp Slapp'd"     Josef Laimberg 5:42

Samples[edit]

Pimp Slapp'd

Ballin'

Batman and Robin

  • "Batman" performed by TeeVee Toons, Inc.

Bo$$ Playa

  • "Riding High" performed by Faze-O

From Long Beach 2 Brick City

  • "Wikka Wrap" performed by The Evasions

Hourglass

  • "I Just Want to Be" performed 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" performed by Cherrelle

Da Bo$$ Would Like to See You

Paper'd Up

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[19]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
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
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  9. ^ a b "Vibe review". Vibe (New York City: InterMedia Partners): 125–6. January 2003. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved 2 October 2011. 
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