Review: Snoop Dogg, ‘Malice ‘N Wonderland’

Review: Snoop Dogg, ‘Malice ‘N Wonderland’: Aidin Vaziri | In a genre where most artists’ careers have the same life expectancy as a snowman in Tahiti, Snoop Dogg has defied the odds by not only sticking around for the better part of the two past decades but growing more ubiquitous every day. His resume now includes stints as a reality show star, adult film producer, Wall Street entrepreneur, record label boss and, of course, high school football coach. It’s almost as long as his rap sheet. Snoop’s 10th album, “Malice ‘N Wonderland,” meanwhile, is a good reminder that making music is what he does best. Built around a basic, loose concept mirroring his own rags-to-riches life, Snoop drafts a small army of top-shelf producers and collaborators to make his casual drawl sound fresh again. The first half of the album is predictably full of harsh beats and four-letter words but from there it crackles with a wealth of sleek pop melodies (“Pimpin’ Ain’t EZ”), digitized ballads (“Gangsta Luv”) and at least one leftfield cover tune (“Secrets”). He’ll be around as long as he manages to keep this up.

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