R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

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R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
R and G (Rhythm and Gangsta) The Masterpiece (Snoop Dog album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by Snoop Dogg
Released November 16, 2004 (2004-11-16)
Recorded November 2003 – September 2004
Studio Doggystyle Records Studio, Diamond Bar, Los Angeles, CaliforniaStar Trak Studios, Virginia Beach, VirginiaNew York City, New YorkAtlanta, Georgia
Genre Hip hop
Length 1:17:41
Label
Producer
Snoop Dogg chronology
Tha Dogg: Best of the Works
(2003)Tha Dogg: Best of the Works2003
R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
(2004)
Snoopified
(2005)Snoopified2005
Singles from R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
  1. "Drop It Like It's Hot"
    Released: September 12, 2004
  2. "Let's Get Blown"
    Released: December 14, 2004
  3. "Signs"
    Released: April 25, 2005
  4. "Ups & Downs"
    Released: August 15, 2005

R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece is the seventh studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released on November 16, 2004, by Doggystyle Records, making its first on Star Trak Entertainment and Geffen Records. Recording sessions took place from 2003 to 2004, in several of each recording studios. The album's production was handled from The Neptunes, The Alchemist, Lil Jon, Hi-Tek, Warryn Campbell, and L.T. Hutton, among others.

The album debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200, selling 225,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece received generally mixed to positive reviews from music critics.

Background[edit]

In November 2002, Snoop Dogg released his sixth studio album Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss, which spawned two worldwide singles "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" and two-time grammy nominated "Beautiful", both which were produced by The Neptunes. In June 2004, it was announced that Snoop Dogg had signed to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo's "The Neptunes" record label Star Trak Entertainment to produce and executive produce his then-upcoming seventh studio album.[1]

Singles[edit]

"Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell, was released as the album's lead single on September 14, 2004. The song was produced by The Neptunes. The song gained some critical attention for its very sparse production. The song features essentially with just tongue clicks, keyboards and a drum machine beat that compares to very much during the early 2000s rap that was very minimalist. It was nominated at the 2005's Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, even though it lost both awards to the songs "Jesus Walks" by Kanye West, and "Let's Get It Started" by The Black Eyed Peas, respectively. The song reached at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, and at number one on the US Billboard's Hot 100, becoming Snoop's first US number one single. The song internationally reached the top-ten in a huge 12 countries.

The album's second single, "Let's Get Blown" featuring Pharrell, was released on December 14, 2004. The song was produced by The Neptunes. It did not repeat the success of "Drop It Like It's Hot", but it filled the gap between the aforementioned song and the club hit "Signs". Keyshia Cole, who had not garnered a reputation at that time and was therefore left uncredited (her contribution to the R&G song "Pass It Pass It" also went uncredited). The song samples and contains interpolations from Slave's "Watching You", which was also interpolated in "Gin and Juice". The single became one of Snoop Dogg's biggest hits in the United Kingdom for peaking at number 13, and charted at number 54 on the US Billboard's Hot 100.

The album's third single, "Signs" featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, was released on April 25, 2005. The song was produced by The Neptunes. In May 2005, the single reached at number two on the UK Singles Chart, and number 46 on the US Billboard's Hot 100. However, it was more popular in Australia staying at number one on the Australian Singles Chart for two weeks. Internationally, the song reached the top-ten in 11 countries.

The album's fourth and final single, "Ups & Downs" featuring Bee Gees, was released on August 15, 2005. The song was produced by Warryn Campbell. The song interpolates The Bee Gees' 1979 hit "Love You Inside Out". The song charted in several countries, but didn't match the success from his previous singles on the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(63/100)[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Blender3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[4]
HipHopDX3/5[6]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[11]
Pitchfork Media2.1/10[7]
RapReviews8/10[8]
Robert Christgau(dud)[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[12]

R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic they based on an average score of 63 on the review website which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[2] Uncut rated the album 3 stars out of 5 and wrote that "Snoop still manages some earthy funk, assisted by a gargantuan guest list."[13]

Tom Moon of Rolling Stone wrote that "Truth-in-advertising alert: Even at its most deliriously debauched, R&G isn't quite the worlds-coming-together rap-soul masterpiece the title promises. That said, the top-shelf producers here provide the Dogg with some of the most radio-ready backing of his career: The serpentine down-tempo single "Drop It Like It's Hot," produced by the Neptunes, links Snoop's slyly exuberant delivery to a relentless dance-floor bounce. The same basic formula prevails on "Ups and Downs," which reshnizzles the Bee Gees' "Love You Inside and Out." Trouble comes when the Dogg hits the streets: What should have been a sparky duet with 50 Cent, "Oh No," sours quickly, and a coarse anthem featuring Lil Jon and Trina, "Step Yo Game Up," starts out unimaginatively lewd and descends from there. R&G begs for a little more R and some cleverer G – or, if Snoop really wanted to be bold, no G at all".[9]

Tom Breihan of Pitchfork Media wrote that "R&G; is Snoop's first album for Star Trak, the label run by fallen-off hip-hop hit makers The Neptunes, a duo who all but ruled international radio with dazzling sci-fi stomp-clap new wave beats, but who've been starving for hits ever since they switched up their style to overcooked Vegas schmaltz—all bloopy bass and shuffling drums and swooshing keyboards and unbelievably obnoxious falsetto crooning. The production duo laced five of this album's songs, but their fingerprints are everywhere else here. R&G; has a unified sound, rare in hip-hop albums, but it's a sound based on tinkly pianos and noodly guitars and windchimes. It sounds something like The Black Eyed Peas if they tried to make a Barry White album, but with more falsetto warbling."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 225,000 copies in its first week.[14] In its second week, the album fell to number nine on the Billboard 200, selling 203,000 copies, for a two-week total of 428,000 units.[15] As of March 2008, the album sales 1,724,000 copies in the United States.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."(Intro) I Love to Give You Light"The Alchemist2:38
2."Bang Out"
J.R. Rotem3:05
3."Drop It Like It's Hot" (featuring Pharrell)The Neptunes4:26
4."Can I Get a Flicc Witchu" (featuring Bootsy Collins)
Leimberg5:24
5."Ups & Downs" (featuring Bee Gees)Campbell4:04
6."The Bidness"Soopafly3:28
7."Snoop D.O. Double G"
4:01
8."Let's Get Blown" (featuring Pharrell)The Neptunes4:41
9."Step Yo Game Up" (featuring Lil Jon and Trina)
Lil Jon4:24
10."Perfect" (featuring Charlie Wilson)
  • Broadus, Jr.
  • Hugo
  • Williams
  • Charlie Wilson
  • Raymond St. John
  • Sade Adu
The Neptunes5:51
11."WBALLZ (Interlude)"Broadus, Jr.Snoop Dogg0:21
12."Fresh Pair of Panties On"
Ole Folks2:31
13."Promise I"Mr. Porter3:17
14."Oh No" (featuring 50 Cent)
4:03
15."Can U Control Yo Hoe" (featuring Soopafly)
L.T. Hutton3:08
16."Signs" (featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson)
  • Broadus
  • Hugo
  • Justin Timberlake
  • Williams
  • Wilson
  • Rudy Taylor
The Neptunes3:56
17."I'm Threw Witchu" (featuring Soopafly)
  • Broadus, Jr.
  • Brooks
  • Campell
Campbell4:21
18."Pass It Pass It"
  • Broadus, Jr.
  • Hugo
  • Williams
The Neptunes4:23
19."Girl Like U" (featuring Nelly)
L.T. Hutton4:36
20."No Thang on Me" (featuring Bootsy Collins)
Hi-Tek4:41
Total length:77:41
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic.[17]

Chart positions[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[39] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[40] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[41] Gold 50,000*
Germany (BVMI)[42] Gold 100,000^
Italy (FIMI)[43] Gold 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[44] Platinum 15,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[45] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[46] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[47] Platinum 1,724,000[16]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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