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Snoop Dogg’ Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
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At 4th August of 1998, Snoop Dogg released his third studio album ‘Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told’. It is his first album following his departure from Death Row Records. It was also his first album to be released under a slight change to his stage name „Snoop Dogg” for contractual reasons.
As the embodiment of ’90s gangsta rap, Snoop Dogg blurred the lines between reality and fiction. Introduced to the world through Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’, Snoop quickly became the most famous star in rap, partially because of his drawled, laconic rhyming and partially because the violence that his lyrics implied seemed real, especially after he was arrested on charges of being a murder accomplice.
When Dre decided to make his tentative first stab at a solo career in 1992 with the theme song for the film ‘Deep Cover’, he had Snoop rap with him. „Deep Cover” started a buzz about Snoop that escalated into full-fledged mania when Dre released his own debut album, ‘The Chronic’, on Death Row Records late in 1992.
Snoop rapped on ‘The Chronic’ as much as Dre, and his drawled vocals were as important to the record’s success as its P-Funk bass grooves. Dre’s singles „Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” and „Dre Day,” which prominently featured Snoop, became Top Ten pop crossover hits in the spring of 1993, setting the stage for Snoop’s much-anticipated debut album, ‘Doggystyle.’
‘Doggystyle’, become the first debut album to enter the charts at number one, but in the long run, it hurt his career. Snoop had to fight charges throughout 1994 and 1995, and while he was eventually cleared, it hurt his momentum.
‘The Doggfather’, his second album, wasn’t released until November 1996, and by that time, pop and hip-hop had burned itself out on gangsta rap. ‘The Doggfather’ sold half as well as its predecessor, which meant that Snoop remained a star, but he no longer had the influence he had just two years before.
In 1998, Snoop Doggy Dogg decided that he was leaving Death Row Records; and while appearing on several No Limit releases (Mystikal, Silkk…), it was no surprise to see that Snoop Dogg was quick to enroll to Master P’s red hot No Limit enterprise.
In no time Snoop began recording his No Limit debut, „Da Game Is To Be Told, Not To Be Sold”, an album that, if put together right, had the ability to bring Snoop’s career to the next level. On this album you will hear additional voices from Master P, Silkk the Shocker, Mystikal, Fiend, C-Murder, Mia X, and more.
As for the album itself, there are some strong upsides: „Snoop World”, „Woof”, „Still a G Thing”, „20 Dollars to my Name”, „Picture This” and „Doggz Gonna Get You” are all great songs.
The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album charts selling over 520,000 copies in its first week and remained on top for the second week also by selling additional 246,000 units according to Soundscan. It remained in the top ten for five weeks; thus it was quickly certified double platinum later that year. As March 2014, the album sales 3,085,000 copies in the United States.
„Da Game is to be Sold, Not to be Told” is definitely Snoop’s best album since his debut and is the best No Limit album since Master P’s Ghetto D. If you are a Snoop Dogg fan you should definitely check out this record.