Top Ten Snoop Dogg Collaborations

Posted by Billyjam, September 30, 2014 03:13pm | Post a Comment
Love him or hate him you can't avoid him. Snoop Dogg is everywhere at all times it seems. Whether the Long Beach CA artist born Calvin Broadus, who began his rap career a quarter of a century ago, is in the studio or on stage somewhere Snoop Dogg is an ever present, highly visible pop culture figure.

Over the weekend he was the man of the hour as host of the big 2014 BET Hip Hop Awards. Meanwhile his studio output is a non stop laundry list of releases that boasts countless collaborations with anyone from indie rappers to pop stars. A couple of weeks ago I heard the new track he collaborated with Bay Area female vocalist Goapele on (a remix of the Oakland singer's disco-throwback styled single "Hey Boy"). Around that same time I heard excerpts from his fifth and latest in the Thats My Work mix tape series with Tha Dogg Pound (Kurupt and Daz Dillinger, along with production from DJ Drama). Then over the weekend I was reading somewhere that he recently confirmed that he's got a collaborative full length project in the works with Pharrell (with whom he has done one off tracks with before including the 2004 hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot").

Ridiculously prolific, the LBC rapper it appears never misses an opportunity or turns down an offer to work with anyone. As well as the countless hip-hop/rap artists he's worked with, Snoop has also recorded with such pop stars as Miley Cyrus (under Snoop Lion on "Ashtrays and Heartaches" off 2013 album Reincarnated), Psy (this summer's international hit "Hangover" on which his voice is auto-tuned to the max), Katy Perry (2010's summer megahit pop single "California Gurls"), and Jason Derulo (on this year's bubble gum pop hit "Wiggle"). Then there were his forays into country  with Willie Nelson (Snoop's "Superman" featuring Willie, and Nelson's "Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die" featuring Snoop as well as Jamey Johnson and Kris Kristofferson).

While such other recent Snoop studio partnerships as the one with Oakland's Souls of Mischief on the title track of their current Adrian Younge produced album There Is Only Now, or his 2013 7 Days of Funk album collaboration as Snoopzilla with Dam-Funk drew wide praise from hip-hop fans, other non hop-hop pairings (especially the top 40 pop ones) have resulted in certain fans dubbing Snoop a sellout and/or called into question his former gangsta hip-hop/street cred. 

Personally, while the aforementioned top 40 alliances may not be my cup of tea, I give Snoop major props for remaining in such high demand two and a half decades into the game. What other OG rap star has contemporary pop acts knocking on their door to work with them as he does? None that I can think of. Besides I just love Snoop for who he is as a character (or rather a marketable brand that he has personally crafted) and respect the fact, despite all the weed he smokes, that he works so hard and somehow continues to remain relevant. He is a uniquely prolific artist with a long list of acts that he has worked with over the years. From said list I've assembled my personal (IE subjective) fave top ten Snoop Dogg collaborative tracks spanning the years 1992 to 2014 - a list that only scratches the surface of the body of work that Snoop has done with others. 

1) Dr Dre (feat Snoop Doggy Dogg) "Nuthin' But A G Thang" (1992) - I will never forget when this
single was first released as a promo and playing it in clubs in San Francisco and everyone asking
'who is this rapper?' In close second was record's predecessor "Deep Cover" (aka "187") from the
movie of the same name which was Dr. Dre's official solo release also featuring the then rapper then
still known as Snoop Doggy Dogg. As Dre's right hand man Snoop helped usher in the G-Funk era.

2) "2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted" 2Pac featuring Snoop Dogg - one of the Snoop/Pac
collaborations who were both down with Dre and Death Row.

3) Tha Dogg Pound - What Would You Do (feat. Snoop Dogg) (1994)

4) WC "The Streets (feat. Snoop Dogg & Nate Dogg)" (2002) - Again, as with the Dogg Pound or 
the Eastsidaz, Snoop is in his element when sticking to his SoCal rap roots  as here with WC and
the late great Nate Dogg

5) "Drop It Like It's Hot" Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell)" (2004) - A decade before he became a
household  name with his solo hit "Happy" the Neptunes/NERD star Pharrell Willams recorded
such hits as this and "Beautiful" by collaborating with Snoop Dogg. The news of their forthcoming
full-length collaboration hence can almost certainly signal future follow up hits for the
pairing of these talents.

6) "Candy (Drippin' Like Water) (featuring E-40, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc, Daz Dillinger and Kurupt)"
(2006). To my ears Snoop is at his collaborative best when laying down tracks with his West Coast
rap brethren such as Too $hort (whose collaborations I did not get to include here), or E-40, or his Dogg Pound patnas Daz Dillinger and Kurupt.

7) 7 Days of Funk (Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla)  "Faden Away" (2013) - Dam-Funk's smoldering funk
grooves perfectly compliment Snoop, er Snoopzilla's vocal flow. Hope they do a follow up.

8) Souls of Mischief & Adrian Younge "There Is Only Now (feat. Snoop Dogg)" (2014)

9) Snoop Dogg "Superman (Live on Letterman) feat. Willie Nelson" (2011) Two brothers in weed
Snoop with Willie Nelson who is the only toker who the dank happpy Snoop admits can smoke him
under the table regardless of the fact he is over 80 years of age.

10) Robyn "U Should Know Better (feat. Snoop Dogg)" (2013). A close tie with the recent Goapele
team-up for the remix of "Hey Boy (feat. Snoop Dogg)" (2014).

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