Vato (song)

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Snoop Dogg - Vato.jpg
Single by Snoop Dogg featuring B-Real
from the album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
ReleasedAugust 15, 2006 (2006-08-15)
Producer(s)The Neptunes
Snoop Dogg singles chronology
"Hollywood Divorce"
"That's That"
B-Real singles chronology
""Get U Down" by Warren G"

"Vato" is the first single by Snoop Dogg from his album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. The song features B-Real and was produced by The Neptunes. The word "vato" is Chicano slang for "homie".


The album version of "Vato" contains an introduction with Snoop Dogg saying "Man, don't you know that I'm loco?" and also some shout-outs from Julio G. Shortly after the release of the song, Snoop Dogg and B-Real would receive disses and responses by numerous Mexican rappers who mistakenly took the song as a slander towards the Chicano culture. The song was performed live in the Life & Rhymes of with B-Real, and in solo on the day of the release in the MSN live session concert.

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Phillip G. Atwell for Vato premiered on BET on August 30, 2006 Video on YouTube. Pharrell Williams said the rapper's newest music video 'Vato' will not only feature his gangsta side, but will also tackle the issue of racial conflict in Los Angeles between African-Americans and Hispanics and call for racial unity.[1] It features cameos by Chicano rapper Frost as well as Oscar-Nominee Edward James Olmos. An animated video also premiered on in September.



  • "Vato (DJ Jam Remix)" (featuring Malverde)
  • "Vato (Remix)" (featuring Lil Uno & B-Real)


Chart (2004–05) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[3] 55
Finnish Singles Chart[4] 3
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[5] 85
US Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[6] 31


  • Written by C. Broadus, P. Williams, C. Hugo
  • Produced by The Neptunes
  • Publishers: My Own Chit Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music (BMI); Waters Of Nazareth Publishing/ EMI Blackwood Music, Inc. (BMI)/
  • Recorded by Andrew Coleman at Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA, Chris Jackson at The Cathedral, Hollywood, CA
  • Mixed by Phil Tan in the Tanning Booth at The Record Plant, Los Angeles, CA & Soapbox Studios, Atlanta, GA
  • Assisted by Josh Houghkirk Heavy Harmony Music Publishing; WB Music Corp. (ASCAP) and EMI April Music (ASCAP);


  1. ^ "New Snoop Dogg Album To Drop In The UK This November". Musicrooms. 2006-08-26.
  2. ^ "DubCNN". Duncan Rutherford site owner. October 6, 2006.
  3. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  4. ^ "Musiikkituottajat - Tilastot - Suomen virallinen lista - Artistit". Retrieved 2017-05-19.
  5. ^ "Snoop Dogg Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "Snoop Dogg Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot Singles Sales for Snoop Dogg.

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