Snoop Dogg, 'Tha Blue Carpet Treatment' (Doggystyle/Geffen)

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Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
Critical Mass
Label: Doggystyle/Geffen

by Lane Brown

To hear Snoop Dogg tell it, this was supposed to be a return to the gritty sound of his early Death Row records. But the closest he gets here is lead single "Vato," a Neptunes-produced burner that almost makes him sound menacing again. Everywhere else, though, he's just retracing past missteps. Treatment leans hard on the horny slow jams that sunk 2004's R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta), and the ham-fisted thug posturing of "Gangbanging 101" proves that he's not just out of new ideas, he's running out of old ones, too.

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