Early last year, Snoop Dogg held a West Coast peace summit to unify all California MCs. More than a year later, Snoop proves he’s a man of his word. Chuch.
On his new album, the Blue Carpet Treatment, Snoop takes it back to the streets and shows plenty of West Coast unity.
In the midst of serious violence on the Left coast between Blacks and Latinos, Snoop shows solidarity by bringing in Cypress Hill’s frontman B-Real on the track, “Vato.” The term “Vato” is Mexican slang for homie or homeboy. The song also features a guest appearance and production from Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes.
Snoop also brought in The Game for a special cut entitled, “Gang Banging 101.” Snoop, who is a well-publicized member of the Crips and Game (a Blood), take turns exclaiming each respective gang’s street call on the hook. “Gang Banging 101” also marks the debut of *****racci, Snoop’s new alias.
Snoop also shows love to the ever growing Hyphy movement, as he collaborates with E-40 and producer Rick Rock on a song called, “Candy.” The song also features West Coast veteran rappers like Daz and Kurupt, MC Eiht and Goldie Loc of the Eastsidaz.
Later on the album, super producer Timbaland concocts a dark resounding beat for Snoop on, “L.A. Zoo” and R. Kelly croons on the hook to, “That’s That Sh*t.”
Keeping up with the tradition of having an ultra smooth cut with Pharrell for the ladies on his album, Snoop has Skateboard P and songbird Brandy exchanging lines on, “So Special.” Brandy asks Pharrell to tell her how special she is and P lets her know, while Snoop spits charming lines like, “To me, I see you as a gift.”
The Blue Carpet Treatment, which is due in stores in October, also features a guest appearance by the legendary Stevie Wonder on a remake of a song called, “Have a Talk With God.” The song was recorded a year ago when Wonder brought all his producing equipment into the studio to make the song with Snoop. The album may feature production from Snoop’s longtime collaborator Dr. Dre, as the two men got in the studio last month.
Following the October release of Blue Carpet Treatment, Snoop is scheduled to release The Adventures of The Blue Carpet Treatment animated DVD in November and a new full-length album/soundtrack for his movie A Woman’s Touch in February.Source
A federal judge on Friday ordered a bankruptcy trustee takeover of Marion "Suge" Knight's Death Row Records, saying the record label has undergone gross mismanagement.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Ellen Carroll made the ruling as part of proceedings initiated when the rap label filed for bankruptcy in April. Carroll said the label's accounting practices were in disarray and noted that Knight testified he hadn't reviewed the financial statements in a decade.
"It seems apparent there is no one at the helm," she said, adding there appears to have been gross mismanagement, allowing her to take away Knight's control.
Knight was not present at the hearing and a message left for his attorney was not returned.
The label and Knight filed for protection under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy law. Knight has claimed debts of more than $100 million. The federal filing halted a state court action in which a former couple, who claim they helped found the label, were trying to collect a $107 million judgment from Knight.Source