Snoop Dogg’s No Limit offerings have been average at best. Honestly, I’m surprised Snoop hasn’t brought Dr. Dre in sooner for a fresh new outlook. Snoop hasn’t turned it out since leaving Dre for No Limit, and now it’s time the dog came home. But instead of a steady dose of beats ala Dre, you get mostly wannabe boomers instead, like “True Lies”.
Tha Last Meal is mostly shameless radio speak with guest speakers galore, from Dre to Master P to Ice Cube to Nate Dogg to Eve and Butch Cassidy. The beats are still pretty timid, whether or not Snoop gets off on them. Tracks like “Bring It On”, “Back Up Off Me” and “Lay Low” are typical No Limit bangers that feel tiny. “Wrong Idea”, “Loosen Control”, and “Issues” seem to make up for the stinkers. The album is cut in half by the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Tha Last Meal isn’t as appropriate a title as we may be discussing in a few years if Snoop keeps putting out albums this vanilla. Snoop Dogg still has skills, but maybe he should stop lending them out to everyone else and try putting them on his own releases instead.
+ rae gun