The album was leaked on the internet on December 1, 2000 by Suge Knight who made all tracks downloadable in MP3 from the official site of his and Snoop Dogg's former company Death Row Records, which featured links to tracks from both Tha Last Meal and Dead Man Walkin' albums, asking visitors to "take The Snoop Dogg Challenge" and decide "song for song" which is the better album.
The single "Wrong Idea" was also included in Bad Azz's second album Personal Business released on Doggystyle. The video for the single was also attributed as a Bad Azz track that featured Snoop. Tha Last Meal was the final album from Snoop on No Limit Records.
Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 - "[His] strongest album since 1993's Doggystyle...Snoop's chronic-marinated flow, all menthol-cool and deadpan droop, sounds as smooth as ever."
Spin - 6 out of 10 - "This Meal finds him riding the Dre cache, trying to convince us he's still 'G'ed-up from the feet up'.... Timbaland stuttering out the obvious singles...but Dre's laconic thumps-by-the-pound anchor most of the album."
Vibe - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "Deeply steeped in P-funkology....these days, Snoop's songs are simply fun to listen to....nothing groundbreaking, just good solid Snoop-rap."
Tha Last Meal debuted at number 9 on the US Billboard 200, selling 397,238 copies in its first week. In the second week the album reached at number 5 on the Billboard 200. In the third week the album reached at number 4 in the US chart. The album topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for four consecutive weeks. In 2001 the album has sold 1,200,000 copies in the United States. Has sold over 2,068,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen Soundscan.