Vato (song)

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Single by Snoop Dogg featuring B-Real
from the album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Released August 15, 2006 (2006-08-15)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2005
Genre Gangsta rap, West coast rap, Hardcore rap, Latin rap
Length 04:45
Label Geffen, Doggystyle, Star Trak
Writer(s) Broadus, C./Williams, P./Hugo, C
Producer(s) The Neptunes
Snoop Dogg chronology
"Hollywood Divorce"
"That's That"
B-Real 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 music video 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 is directed by Philipp G. Atwell and featured Chicano rapper Frost as well as Oscar-Nominee Edward James Olmos. An animated video also premiered on in September. The final version of "Vato" contains an intro with Snoop Dogg saying "Man don't you know that I'm loco?" and also some shoutouts from Julio G. He was later dissed with B-Real by Mexican rapper Mr. Chino Grande.

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.



  • "Vato (thug life remix)" (featuring Malverde)
  • "Vato (Lil' Uno remix)" (featuring Mr. Lil' One)


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 Tha 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. 
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  5. ^ "Snoop Dogg Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Snoop Dogg. Retrieved March 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "Snoop Dogg Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot Singles Sales for Snoop Dogg. 

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