The year 2000 was a transitional one for Snoop Dogg. As the most successful solo artist from the West Coast in terms of critical acclaim and Soundscan numbers at that point, the Long Beach, Calif. rapper was staring at a fork in the road.

After his chart-topping success with his 1993 debut album, Doggystyle, Snoop continued to move the needle, but the magic that was captured and capsuled on that classic album was scarce on his subsequent projects.

After leaving Death Row Records amid the turmoil that engulfed the label during the mid-'90s, Snoop aligned himself with Master P's No Limit Records. Releasing the solid, but pedestrian albums Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told and No Limit Topp Dogg, the veteran rhymer found his footing in the marketplace, but those albums were far from his brilliance found on Doggystyle.

For his first project launched on his newly-founded label, Doggystyle Records, Snoop released Tha Last Meal, his third and final album under No Limit Records. Released on Dec. 19, 2000, the collection arrived just in the nick of time to cap off what had been one of the more underrated years in hip-hop.

The LP was distinctly geared towards the West Coast and was devoid of any southern influences found on his previous efforts while under the house that Master P built. Tha Last Meal featured production from Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Scott Storch, Jellyroll, and others, while Nate Dogg, Tha Eastsidaz, Kokane, Soopafly, and more made guest appearances.

In celebration of Tha Last Meal's 15th anniversary, we revisited this classic album and picked five songs that were standouts on the project.

  • 5

    "Hennessy n Buddah"

    The Long Beach, Calif. representative sounds cozy flowing over the Dr. Dre-produced track, "Hennessy n Buddah." It's a groovy song that sees Snoop Dogg kicking his feet back and in the mood to get his party on. "Oh nah / (Who is it), its muthaf---ing Snoop Dogg / I live the fast life where you keep ya cash tight / In broad daylight, walking wit' ya flashlight / Adding up what you brought in from last night / She mad tight with mad bite, is that right," he raps. And when you add Kokane and his bevy of background singers into the mix, "Hennessy n Buddah" is too addictive to turn down and is one of the standout tracks on the album.

  • 4

    "Brake Fluid (Biiittch Pump Yo Brakes)"

    Snoop crafts a sure-shot banger with "Brake Fluid (Biiittch Pump Yo Brakes)." Produced by Scott Storch, the beat is drenched in pimp juice and a perfect match for Snoop's playalistic musings on macking and tending to his roster of ladies. "Carla, Darla, Charlene and Camille / Tericka and Erica, they love to take care of her," he spits. Featuring Kokane, who turns in a funky performance while handling hook duties, the song is entertaining and manages to retain its freshness over these past fifteen years.

  • 3

    "Loosen' Control"

    Featuring Soopafly & Butch Cassidy

    One of Tha Last Meal's finest moments arrives on "Loosen' Control." The fourth single released from the LP, the song was produced by Soopafly and includes his infectious vocals on the hook, which serves as the track's main draw. Snoop and Butch Cassidy both come equipped with cold flows and uphold their end of the bargain by dropping dope verbiage over the breezy soundbed and admitting, "I was in love at times / I was so lost, she made me forget my rhymes," proving that even gangstas have feelings too. "Loosen' Control" is an underrated gem on Tha Last Meal.

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    "Snoop Dogg (What's My Name Part 2)"

    Looking to reclaim his swagger during the recording of Tha Last Meal, Snoop would link up with Timbaland to create an infectious banger, "Snoop Dogg (What's My Name Part 2)." Spitting "Me and my partner in my impala / Popping our collars, tossing up dollars / A truck on the side of us with hoes that wanna follow / Bet a hundred dollars that they all wanna swallow," the Doggfather is in the zone on this outing and dismantles the track with ease, hitting listeners with witty couplets in his tried-and-true melodic flow. The first single released from Tha Last Meal, the song is considered one of the more notable singles in the veteran rhyme-spitter's catalog of hits.

  • 1

    "Lay Low"

    Featuring Nate Dogg, Butch Cassidy, Tha Eastsidaz & Master P

    Tha Last Meal reaches its apex with the G-Funk banger, "Lay Low," which sees Snoop Dogg cook up one of the first West Coast classics of the new millennium. Produced by veteran hitmaker Dr. Dre, the beat has enough bounce to the ounce to fill up a bottle of St. Ides and is powered by a thumping drums and sinister keys. Featuring verses from Master P, Butch Cassidy and Tha Eastsidaz, the rap trifecta come correct and inflict damage to the track in between the late Nate Dogg's velvet vocals. Peaking at No. 5 on Billboard's Hot Rap Songs chart, "Lay Low"'s accompanying video was helmed by visionary director Hype Williams.


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