We were first introduced to Snoop Dogg in 1992, as he strutted onto the scene as Dr. Dre’s protégé on The Chronic. Then, Snoop released his debut album, Doggystyle, in 1993, which hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Since that debut record, Snoop’s career has been on the “rizzle” and off the “hizzook”. Tomorrow Snoop Dogg’s Greatest Hits album drops in stores. What better time then now to pick 5 of his best songs…we’re ready to drop it like it’s hot.
5. “Lay Low”
This song has many great layers to it, with the late Nate Dogg laying the rhythm in this track and Master P and The Eassidaz all making their presence on this track. The song comes from Snoop’s fifth studio album, The Last Meal, and was the final single on the label No Limit Records.
4. “Murder Was The Case”
This song was the title track of an 18-minute short film that depicted the fictional murder and death of Snoop. Doubt its awesomeness? Check out Snoops’ performance of the song at the 1994 MTV Music Video Awards.
3. “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
The case can be made for this being Snoop’s most significant song, yet we feel it doesn’t have the same significance as the two songs that follow. In fact, Billboard named this song the “most popular Rap Song” of the past decade. Not a bad endorsement.
2. “Gin & Juice”
“Snoop Doggy Dogg, you need to get yourself a jobby job!” Even the video was classic. What we love most about this song? Its simplicity and how universally it became a party hit. See any list of greatest hip-hop songs of all time and “Gin & Juice” will surely be near the top of it.
1. “Who Am I (What’s My Name)”
In our eyes this is Snoop’s greatest hit, as it introduced his solo work to the masses. The video, which in itself is classic, introduced us to the great line, “You don’t love me, you just love my doggystyle.” This was a great introduction to Snoop, whose gone on to have an epic career both in and out of the rap game.
Tom Lorenzo is a freelance writer and journalist from New York City, covering sports, music and pop culture. You can follow him on Twitter @TomLorenzo.
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