Before the reality TV shows and WTF-worthy music videos that proclaim Beirut the party capital of the world, Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Calvin Broadus, was but a blunt-rollin' G-Thang from Long Beach, CA, with a flow smoother than an ice cold gin'n'juice. Feelin' nostalgic? Download "Keep It Real Dogg?," a previously unreleased song recorded in 1996, showing Snoopy at his fun-lovin' West Coast best.
The track is featured on The Lost Sessions Volume 1 (out Oct. 13), which unearths previously unreleased songs recorded during Snoop's 1992-1997 years with notorious gangster rap label Death Row Records. While select tracks feature Rappin' 4 Tay, Nate Dogg, Techniec, and that G-Funk production from Dr. Dre, "Keep It Real Dogg" is Snoop doin' it his own way: "We are party people / Dogg Pound gangsters are party people! Do you want to get funky!?!" he hollers over groovy samples, before busting silky smooth rhymes about -- what else? -- weed, brew, money, and ladies!
Turn up the bass, call your old homies, and party down. Oh, and in case you were worried Suge Knight was plotting to dangle you from a 12th floor window and demand you buy 12 copies of the album, the former Death Row Records head was forced to sell the label in a bankruptcy auction to WIDEawake Entertainment, who are releasing the new album. Hey, Snoop's probably toasting to that, too.
LISTEN: Snoop Dogg, "Keep It Real Dogg" (DOWNLOAD MP3)
The Lost Sessions Volume 1 tracklist:
1. Soldier Story (Intro)?
2. Doggystyle (Produced By Dr. Dre / feat. George Clinton?)
3. Fallin' Asleep On Death Row (Produced By Dr. Dre)?
4. Eat A Dick (Produced By Dr. Dre)?
5. Hoez (feat Dogg Pound)?
6. O.G. (Original Version / feat Nate Dogg)?
7. Keep It Real Dogg?
8. One Life To Live (feat Techniec & The Lady of Rage)?
9. The Genie (feat Bad Azz?)
10. Funk With Ya Brain (Interlude)?
11. Caught Up?
12. Put It In Ya Mouth?
13. Gravy Train (feat. Bad Azz & Tray Deee?)
14. Life's Hard (Dedicated to 2pac) (feat K-Ci & Jojo)
15. The Root Of All Evil (Outro) (Produced By Dr. Dre / feat Tina Marie)
16. Quite Obvious feat Rappin' 4 Tay (Best Buy Bonus)
17. Once Again (Best Buy Bonus)
18. Got To Do Wrong (Best Buy Bonus)