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Ego Trippin' is the ninth studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg; it was released by Geffen Records on March 11, 2008.
The album was originally set to feature no guests and showcase Snoop Dogg only, hence the title "Ego Trippin'". However, Snoop Dogg proved this concept untrue as he scheduled tracks with the likes of Charlie Wilson, among others. All of the photography was taken at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Snoop's high school.
Snoop Dogg originally confirmed that Pharrell, Nelly and Charlie Wilson would appear on a track entitled "Feet Don't Fail Me Now", and that he also would like to work with Bono, Madonna and Mick Jagger as well. However, "Feet Don't Fail Me Now" and none of the collaborations would make the final album cut except for Charlie Wilson's features. Collaborations with DJ Quik, Raphael Saadiq, Teddy Riley and Too Short were also scheduled for the album. Snoop Dogg formed a production supergroup for the album called "QDT" (Quik-Dogg-Teddy).
Snoop Dogg spoke on working with Everlast for a country song called "Johnny Cash". However, the track's title was changed to "My Medicine" with Everlast playing the guitar. Another track with Charlie Wilson and The Gap Band called "Can't Say Goodbye" was also confirmed for the album. Snoop Dogg reminisced on the track stating, "This song makes me want to cry every time I hear it. It is a reflection of my life and how I have grown as not only an artist but also a man - it is about me staying true to where I came from while having to accept where I am in my life today, it's deep".
Snoop Dogg and Charlie Wilson both performed 'Can't Say Goodbye' on American Idol's 'Idol Gives Back' Charity Performance. On July 29, 2008 BET's 106 & Park premiered Snoop Dogg's video for "Those Gurlz".
The album sold over 137,000 copies in its first week in the United States, debuting at number 3 on the US Billboard 200 chart. To date the album has sold over 400,000 copies.
Rolling Stone said, "His languorous rapping has a way of inspiring inventively freaky sounds from producers... Result: the best Snoop disc in years."
Entertainment Weekly said, "All of Snoop's personalities make appearances on his ninth CD, Ego Trippin'....It's sentimental, it's fun... Maybe this old Dogg doesn't need any new tricks."Vibe said, "Lead single 'Sensual Seduction' is an undeniable masterpiece of throwback funk."
"A Word Witchya! (Intro)"
"Press Play" (featuring Kurupt)
"SD Is Out" (featuring Charlie Wilson)
"Gangsta Like Me" (featuring Jamie Foxx)
"Neva Have 2 Worry" (featuring Uncle Chucc)
Snoop Dogg, Terrace Martin
"Life of da Party" (featuring Too Short & Mistah F.A.B.)
"Waste of Time" (featuring Raphael Saadiq)
Raphael Saadiq, Bobby Ozuna
"Sets Up" (featuring Pharrell)
"Deez Hollywood Nights"
"Whateva U Do"
"Staxxx in My Jeans"
"Been Around tha World"
Snoop Dogg, Terrace Martin
"Let It Out"
Teddy Riley, Ron Fair
"My Medicine" (featuring Everlast)
"Ridin' in My Chevy"
Teddy Riley, DJ Quik
"One Chance (Make It Good)"
"Why Did You Leave Me" (featuring Chili Chil)
Polow da Don, Hit-Boy
"Can't Say Goodbye" (featuring Charlie Wilson)
"A Word Witchya!" samples "Distant Lover" by Marvin Gaye,
"Press Play" samples "Voyage to Atlantis" by The Isley Brothers,
"Cool" is a cover of The Time's song "Cool",
"Sets Up" samples "Hola' Hovito" by Jay-Z,
"Deez Hollywood Nights" samples "Hollywood Knights" by Brooklyn Dreams,
"My Medicine" samples "Jack Be Nimble by Traditional Folk,
"Those Girls" samples "Too Much Heaven" by The Bee Gees,
"One Chance (Make it Good)" samples "Make It Good" by Prince Philip Mitchell,
"Why Did You Leave Me" samples "Celtic Rain" by Mike Oldfield,
"Can't Say Goodbye" samples "The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby,
Credits adapted from Allmusic.
J. Black - background vocals,
Mike Bozzi - mastering assistant,
Chuck Brungardt - engineer,
Ted Chung - A&R,
Marcus Coleman - producer,
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes - bass guitar,
Aaron Dahl - assistant engineer,
Scoop DeVille - producer,
Larrance Dopson - keyboards,
Scott Elgin - engineer,
Ron Fair - arranger,
Whitey Ford - producer,
Jamie Foxx - vocals,
Tasha Hayward - hair stylist,
Mike Hogue - assistant engineer,
Erika Jerry - background vocals,
Kurupt - vocals,
Trevor Lawrence Jr. - drums,
Andrew Mezzi - mixing assistant,
Mistah F.A.B. - vocals,
Peter Mokran - mixing,
Richard Niles - engineer,
Neil Pogue - mixing,
Omar Reyna - engineer,
Rick Rock - producer,
April Roomet - stylist,
Raphael Saadiq - bass, guitar, organ hammond, producer, vocals,
Tone Trezure - writer, vocals,
Fareed Salamah - assistant,
Alexis Seton - mixing assistant,
Snoop Dogg - primary artist, producer, background vocals,
Corey Stocker - engineer,
James Tanksley - assistant engineer,
John Tanksley - engineer,
Too Short - vocals,
Javier Valverde - assistant,
Franklin Rivers Vasquez - engineer,
Liam Ward- layout design,
Kamasi Washington - tenor sax,
Marlon Williams - guitar,
Meelah Williams - background vocals,
Charlie Wilson - vocals,
Dave Young Orchestra - vocals,
sales figures based on certification alone, shipments figures based on certification alone, unspecified figures based on certification alone
March 7, 2008
March 11, 2008
March 31, 2008
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