20 years ago today, Snoop Dogg dropped his No Limit Records debut album. After his tumultuous tenor at Death Row, which saw Dr. Dre leave and 2Pac passing away, he was starting over again. We all know that Doggystyle is an all-time classic and the Doggfather didn’t live up to the lofty expectations. Da Game is to be Sold, Not to be Told was a new beginning for Snoop Dogg. Before releasing this album, Snoop appeared on numerous No Limit releases. Honestly, when this album dropped, it received mixed reviews as people was torn on this release. A month prior to its releases, Snoop went back to his West Coast roots with Still A G Thang. It was looked at as a sequel to the classic Nuthin But a G Thang by him and Dr. Dre. Snoop also released a short film called The Game of Life also.
As you see that No Limit Records heavily promoted this project and it all paid off in the end. Da Game is to be Sold, Not to be Told have sold over 4.5 million copies alone in the United States. During that time, you can peep the album cover inside various magazines and included in other No Limit releases. Despite the critics, the album sold 670,000 copies the first week, which is amazing. Right after his birthday in October, Snoop released his second single featuring Fiend and Mystikal called Woof! The video felt like an updated version of What’s My Name with everyone changing into dogs. One of the dopest cuts on the album, plus you can never go wrong with Fiend and Mystikal in my eyes. The album also featured Master P, C-Murder, Mia X, Charlie Wilson, Soulja Slim, Mac, Silkk the Shocker, Jon B and Eddie Griffin.
Snoop World, Slow Down, Gin & Juice II, Show Me Love, Don’t Let Go, Tru Tank Doggs and 20 Dollars to My Name. D.O.G.’s Get Lonely 2, See Ya When I Get There, Doggz Gonna Get Ya, and Get Bout It & Rowdy are my favorite tracks along with the singles. For me, this is no where near Doggystyle, but it tops the Doggfather as far as his best albums to this date. Make sure you check out the album below here if you stream music through Spotify.
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