(stylized as Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss 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 own record label Doggystyle Records, along with Priority Records and Capitol Records. This marks as his first album with Capitol Records, 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" featuring Pharrell and " Beautiful" featuring Pharrell and Charlie Wilson. The album debuted at number 12 on the US , selling 174,000 copies in its first week. The album has been certified platinum by the Billboard 200 Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and it has sold over 1,500,000 copies worldwide.
Singles [ edit ]
The album's lead
single, " From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" featuring Pharrell, was released on October 15, 2002. The music video to the single 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 music video for "Beautiful" featuring Pharrell and Charlie Wilson (who did not make it to the video) was directed by Chris Robinson and released in 2003. The video took place in Brazil. The video helped exceeded the song to become a hit on the 's charts. Billboard
Release [ edit ]
It was announced that the album had been re-packaged, along with six pre-released versions with different album covers, but only several tracks were not to be included on each. Snoop's also has a two-disc's DVD, called
Boss Playa: A Day in the Life of Bigg Snoop Dogg. The first disc features three music videos for "Boss Playa", " Pimp Slapp'd" (both of them, which were directed by Pook Brown), and "That's the Shit". The second disc is a "Doggystyle Porn" DVD, which it features a song, titled "You Like Doin It Too". However, these tracks were later featured in an unreleased project version of the album.
Reception [ edit ]
- 3 stars out of 5 - "Snoop stretches his silky flow over tracks by underground ace Hi-Tek and the unstoppable Neptunes." Rolling Stone [6 ]
- 8 out of 10 - "The most spirited pop record of his career....Paid Tha Cost is Snoop unleashed." Spin [11 ]
- "Snoop is reborn, a gangsta rap granddaddy in recline." - Rating: A- Entertainment Weekly [3 ]
- 3 stars out of 5 - "He treads a line between loving monogamy and club bangers, emphasizing accessibility throughout." Uncut [12 ]
- 3.5 out of 5 - "His wordplay is still as nimble and quick as ever, giving the beats a beat down with newfound urgency." Vibe [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 a 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 chart, selling 174,000 copies in its first week. Billboard 200 [16 ] In November 2004, the album sales, where it has sold 1,210,000 copies in the United States. [17 ] [18 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
"Da Bo$$ Would Like to See You"
From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" (featuring Pharrell)
The Neptunes 4:40
"I Believe in You"
(featuring Latoya Williams)
(featuring Jay-Z, Nate Dogg & Soopafly)
Just Blaze 3:48
(featuring The Dramatics & Lil' Half Dead)
Beautiful" (featuring Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson)
Paper'd Up" (featuring Kokane & Traci Nelson)
"Wasn't Your Fault"
L.T. Hutton 4:30
(featuring Kokane & Goldie Loc)
"The One and Only"
DJ Premier 3:49
"I Miss That Bitch"
"From Long Beach 2 Brick City"
(featuring Redman, Nate Dogg & Warren G)
"Suited n Booted"
"You Got What I Want"
(featuring Goldie Loc, Ludacris & Uncle Charlie Wilson)
"Batman & Robin"
(featuring The Lady of Rage & RBX)
"A Message 2 Fat Cuzz"
"Da Bo$$ Would Like to See You" contains a sample of "It's My House" performed by
Diana Ross. "Stoplight" contains a sample of "
Flash Light" performed by Parliament. "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" contains a sample of "
Buffalo Gals" performed by Malcolm McLaren. "Ballin'" contains a sample of "Fell for You" performed by
The Dramatics. "Paper'd Up" contains a sample of "
Paid in Full" performed by Eric B. & Rakim and " Don't Look Any Further" performed by Dennis Edwards. "Wasn't Your Fault" contains a sample of "I Didn't Mean to Turn You On" performed by
Cherrelle. "Bo$$ Playa" contains a sample of "Riding High" performed by
Faze-O. "Hourglass" contains a sample of "I Just Want to Be" performed by
Cameo. "The One and Only" contains a sample of "It's You, It's You" performed by
Tyrone Davis. "I Miss That Bitch" contains a sample of "I'm Your Mechanical" Man performed by
Jerry Butler. "From Long Beach 2 Brick City" contains a sample of "Wikka Wrap" performed by The Evasions.
"Batman & Robin" contains a sample of "Batman" performed by TeeVee Toons, Inc.
"Pimp Slapp'd" contains a sample of "
Rapper's Delight" performed by Sugarhill Gang, "Tonite" performed by DJ Quik and "Streets is Watching" performed by Jay-Z.
Personnel [ edit ]
Credits adapted from
Allmusic. [19 ]
Lady of Rage - vocals Josef Leimberg - producer
Ken Lewis - mixing
Lil' ½ Dead - vocals
Ludacris - vocals
Anthony Mandler - photography
Kokane - vocals
Fredwreck - fender rhodes, flute, mixing, moog synthesizer, producer, sequencing Traci Nelson - background vocals, vocals
The Neptunes - producer James Rainey - sample clearance
RBX - vocals
Redman - vocals Eric Roinestad - art direction
Eddie Sancho - mixing
Chris Sholar - guitar
Snoop Dogg - primary artist, sequencing
Soopafly - vocals Nancie Stern - sample clearance
Dexter Thibou - assistant engineer
Patrick Viala - mixing
Meech Wells - producer
LaToiya Williams - vocals
Marlon Williams - guitar
Pharrell Williams - instrumentation, vocals
Charlie Wilson - vocals Christian Olde Wolbers - bass
Weekly charts [ edit ]
Year-end charts [ edit ]
Certifications [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
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