Snoop Dogg, Lil Jon, Chingy

Heaps Of Hip-Hop

SnoopThis week sees the release of three major hip-hop albums, led by the latest from Snoop Dogg, which was moved up a week due to piracy concerns. "R&G (Rhythm and Gangsta): The Masterpiece" (Geffen) features the single "Drop It Like It's Hot" featuring Pharrell, which is No. 2 on the Hot 100 this week.

Elsewhere, Justin Timberlake and Gap Band founder Charlie Wilson team up for "Signs," while Wilson is the sole guest on "Perfect." Lil Jon and Trina appear on "Step Yo Game Up," while 50 Cent raps on "Oh No." Nelly lends a hand on penultimate track "Girl Like U."

Snoop Dogg also guests on Lil Jon's new album with the East Side Boyz, "Crunk Juice" (TVT). The set sports star turns from Nas, T.I., Jadakiss and Ice Cube on "The Grand Finale" and Snoop, Nate Dogg and Suga Free on "Bitches Ain't Sh*t." Ice Cube also guests on one version of "Roll Call," while Bad Brains and former Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee provide the grit for the track's "crunk rock" mix.

Finally, Chingy follows up his smash 2003 debut, "Jackpot," with the new "Powerballin'" (Capitol). The set features cameos from Janet Jackson, R. Kelly, Nate Dogg, Lil' Wayne and Chingy's St. Louis clique, the Git It Boyz (G.I.B.). The single "Balla Baby" is No. 19 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and No. 20 for a second consecutive week on the Hot 100.

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