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CD Review: Snoop Dogg 

Ego Trippin

The Deal: Doggfather returns with 21-track disc showing more mature side.

The Good: Clocking in at nearly one hour and 20 minutes, you can't say Snoop skimped on his latest effort. He shows a calmer, gentler Dogg with slow grooves, funky Prince-like old-school jams, yet continuing his signature sly style. He gets plenty of help from his friends – Pharrell, Too $hort, Raphael Saadiq, Charlie Wilson and Everlast, among others. Plenty of talk about cars, sex and drugs – as expected.

The Bad: It depends what you're looking for with this disc. If you're expecting another "Gin and Juice," look elsewhere. We all know Snoop gets high, so the random sounds of puffing and exhaling get a little redundant. "Sets Up" features Pharrell and while it tries to recapture the magic of "Drop It Like It's Hot," it falls a bit short. Moments are stale – it's time to retire phrases like "off the chain."

The Verdict: You can't say the CD lacks diversity – funk, hip-hop, gangsta rap, slow jams – it's all here. Not his best, but it's got some hits on it.

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