Uploaded on Jul 12, 2009
Snoop Dogg: Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None)
Feat: Nate Dogg, Kurupt & Warren G
Song Producer: Dr. Dre
Date of Release: 11/23/1993
Record Label: Death Row/Interscope/Atlantic
Album Producers: Suge Knight (Executive); Dr. Dre; Daz Dillenger; Emanuel "Porkchop" Dean; Warren G
Sub-genre: Gangsta/Hardcore/G-Funk (West Coast)
**Snoop Dogg came to attention of the music industry in 1992, through his vocal contributions on Dre's The Chronic. That album is considered to have "transformed the entire sound of West Coast rap" by its development of what later became known as the "G-funk" sound. The Chronic expanded gangsta rap with profanity, violent lyrics, basic beats, anti-authoritarian lyrics and multi-layered samples taken from 1970's P-Funk records. Snoop Dogg contributed vocals to Dre's solo single, "Deep Cover", which lead to a high degree of anticipation amongst hip hop for the release of his own solo album.
-Doggystyle and The Chronic are associated with each other mainly because each prominently featured Snoop Dogg and because both contain G-funk style production from Dr. Dre. The two releases are linked by the high number of vocal contributions from Death Row Records artists, including Tha Dogg Pound, RBX, The Lady of Rage, while both contain a high density misogynistic lyrics and profanity in their lyrics. In addition, the two albums are each viewed by critics as early "G-funk classics", and have been described as "joined at the hip".
-Gangsta rap has been criticized for its extreme lyrics, which are often accused of glamorizing gang violence and black-on-black crime. The Gangsta rappers responded that they were simply describing the realities of life in places such as Compton, California, and Long Beach, California. Describing Doggystyle in 1993, Snoop Dogg likewise points to the album's realism, and the extent to which it is based on his personal experience. He said, "I can't rap about something I don't know. You'll never hear me rapping about no bachelor's degree. It's only what I know and that's that street life. It's all everyday life, reality." Explaining his intentions, Snoop Dogg claims he feels he is a role model to many young black men, and that his songs are designed to relate to their concerns. "For little kids growing up in the ghettos," he said, "it's easy to get into the wrong types of things, especially gangbanging and selling drugs. I've seen what that was like, and I don't glorify it, but I don't preach. I bring it to them rather than have them go find out about it for themselves." He further explained the "dream" that he would pursue after making the album: "I'm going to try to eliminate the gang violence. I'll be on a mission for peace. I know I have a lot of power. I know if I say, 'Don't kill,' niggas won't kill".**
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