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Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar Talk ‘Doggystyle’ 20th Anniversary

Two decades ago, Snoop Dogg dropped one of the best albums to come out of the gangster rap era. His classic debut album, ‘Doggystyle,’ was released on November 23, 1993, and it help him become a bonafide rap star. In celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary, the Doggfather reflects on the LP’s impact on his life.

In an interview with MTV News, Snoop credits ‘Doggystyle,’ for helping him stand individually as a rapper and moving him out of the shadows of his mentor and producer Dr. Dre.

“Back then it meant a lot because it was being able to stand on my own two feet and put out a project for the first time and to actually be heard and seen for who I am individually,” he recalls. “Now what it means, it’s an accomplishment. Looking back at it, it was very well put together, it was standards, it showed me the way to do it, the only way to do it.”

Shockingly, Snoop reveals that he’s never listened to the album in its entirety.

“I don’t believe I’ve ever listened to the whole album and I’m being honest with you,” he says. “I ain’t never listen to ‘Doggystyle’ top to bottom. I may have listened to songs, but I’ve never listened to it.”

One rapper heavily influenced by ‘Doggystyle’ is none other than Kendrick Lamar. You can hear it on his classic album, ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city.’ The collection’s cinematic sound is a direct inspiration of Dr. Dre’s production style on both ‘The Chronic’ and ‘Doggystyle’ albums.

K.Dot remembers listening to ‘Doggystyle’ when he was six years old.

“That’s all they were playing around you as a kid. I couldn’t escape it,” he tells XXLMag.

“I’m definitely influenced by that album,” he adds. “The structure. The cohesiveness. The skits. The flow. The melodies Snoop kicked. The raw raps. There wouldn’t be a Kendrick Lamar without ‘Doggystyle.’ [What stood out about the album] was its sound. Albums that last that long have their own sound. It was nothing duplicated, that’s why it stood out. It was that G-Funk.”

True, indeed.

‘Doggystyle’ remains Snoop Dogg’s greatest-selling album to date and is certified 4-times platinum by the RIAA. Originally, The Source magazine gave the album a 4-mic rating (Very Good) but was later upgraded to its worthy 5-mic (Classic) standing.

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