Funk / West Coast Hip-Hop
Doggystyle / i am OTHER / Colombia
When it comes to the classic west coast sound, arguably no one does it better than Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams. The news that Snoop’s Bush would be entirely produced by Pharrell was good news, because Pharrell is one hot producer right now. Bush is the rapper’s thirteenth studio album and it gets some things right, but largely did not stand out in the grand scope of the west coast rapper’s discography.
Snoop brings the funk 110% with a mix of hip-hop and R&B. Any fan of Pharrell’s previous work will feel right at home, with a lot of real familiar sound that stays in touch with the producer’s past work. It is a rather short offering, with a track list of ten songs all about getting high, among other things. What else would you expect from Snoop? He manages to provide a nice flow on the tracks, giving us a different sounding Snoop when compared to some of his previous work.
The beats are nice, with Pharrell providing a nice does of funky flavor along with some poppy instrumentals. Its party music, and it will most definitely want to make you get off your feet. Songs like “Peaches N Cream,” “So Many Pros,” and “This City” will make it hard for you to stand still. They were some of the strongest tracks from the album.
Perhaps one of my favorite tracks comes with Snoop’s collaboration with rappers Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar. The two are probably some of the hottest in the game right now, and they live up to the hype by providing the heat on “I’m Ya Dogg.” As always, Kendrick Lamar continues to showcase his trademark flow over his power punch of a verse and Rick Ross just continues to be a boss.
When most of your songs on the album sound the same, it’s hard to keep the party fresh. A lot of songs off the album fell into a pool of mediocrity and just sound like top 40 wannabe’s. That is the kind of vibe that I got from the album. It seems like Snoop and Pharrell were trying to make an entire album that sounds like the kinds of songs that you would currently find on the top 40 airwaves. Although this works for some of the tracks, like the ones I mentioned previously, the idea does not work as well as they would expect.
I probably struggled the hardest with what to say about the album. I did not hate it, but I did not find it overly enjoyable either. There really is not too many words to describe Bush. The album has a cool California sound to it, but most of the songs did not manage to keep my attention for long. This is not Snoop’s best piece of work, but there is some things that you can find to like about it.