Name: Snoop Dogg
Mixtape: Welcome to the Chuuch Vol. 3: Snoop Dogg for Prezident!
Joints to check for: "Snoop 4 Prezident" by Snoop Dogg featuring Marvin Gaye, "Don't Start No Sh--" by Snoop featuring Young Buck, and "One Day at a Time" by 2Pac.
Previous mixtapes: Welcome to the Chuuch Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.
The 411: If Gary Coleman and Arnold Schwarzenegger can run for governor, why can't Snoop run for president? Can you imagine that? Pimping and smoking the sticky icky would probably be legalized his first day in office, and Archbishop Don "Magic" Juan would definitely be appointed to the Cabinet.
On the third volume of his Welcome to the Chuuch mixtape series, the track "Snoop 4 Prezident" finds the Dogg announcing, "The presidential candidate, I'm running for it/ I'm tired of these folks leaving us broke/ It's a joke till you get up, get out and vote/ ... These laws was made to bring you down/ But vote for me and I'm gonna turn this thing around."
Not only do the stuttering guitar and laid-back bass give the campaign anthem a old-school feel, but the Dogg incorporates vocals from the legendary Marvin Gaye, who also believes "America is at stake." "Few got a plan, few got a master plan/ I got to vote for you ... you're the man."
Only time will tell if Snoop is serious about running for office, but he's dead serious about taking over the mixtape game. On "Don't Start No Sh--," he follows one of the mixtape's most used methods of jacking somebody's beat, but then he ups the ante by jacking somebody's voice and cadence.
Yelling over the Youngbloodz's "Damn!," the Doggfather imitates Lil' Jon, using the king of crunk's patented "Oh-kaaayyy" and using Jon's lyrics of "Don't start no sh--/ Won't be no sh--!" During the actual verses, Snoop sounds like his old self, weaving tales about taking a guy's girl in the club and defiling her. Snoop continues his Lil' Jon impression on the four-minute freestyle "Hoes." Here, he sings over Pharrell Williams' "Frontin' " in a high-pitched croon similar to the Neptunes trendsetter.
Snoop isn't the only A-list act making noise with a mixtape this week. P. Diddy, who was one of the first CEOs to put out a mixtape featuring all the acts on his label, returns to his roots with Bad Boy Reloaded.
"This is phase one of the awe and shock," Diddy yells to start the disc out. Later on he features most of his musical family with new tracks or special remixes of their older material. Notorious B.I.G., Loon, Bad Boy's Da Band, Foxy Brown, Black Rob, Craig Mack, Mario Winans, Carl Thomas, the Hoodfellaz and Cheri Dennis are all featured.
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