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SNOOP DOGG The Blue Car­pet Treat­ment Dog­gystyle/Poly­dor ★★★

There’s life in the old Dogg yet. Thanks to Drop It Like It’s Hot and Signs from his last album, Calvin Broadus Jr found there was a whole new bunch of peo­ple keen to put up with him growl­ing and do­ing it Dog­gystyle. For this trip, his eighth stu­dio album, Snoop re­turns to the mean streets of Long Beach, Cal­i­for­nia, which served him so well when he was start­ing out. Of course, go­ing back to the old haunts to touch base with your back-in-the-day bad self and find some fresh gangsta love can be tricky when you’re a multi-mil­lion­aire Dogg. That said, there’s plenty on The Blue Car­pet Treat­ment to ad­mire. Snoop is back in the frame with Dr Dre for the neatly tricked-out Imag­ine, but it is his will­ing­ness to drape edgy beats and beeps around his dis­tinc­tive, drawl­ing flow that makes Candy and Crazy stand tall. www.snoopdogg.com

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