Snoop Dogg, "I Wanna Rock"

74 Billboard Rating

The third single from Snoop Dogg's "Malice 'N Wonderland" serves as a reintroduction to the veteran West Coaster's hazy hip-hop style. "I Wanna Rock" gets its title and bass-heavy groove from Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock's "It Takes Two," and like the extended "Snoop Dogg" chants in its chorus, the song features all of the familiar Snoop elements. The rapper reiterates his Lothario persona with a metaphor that plays, somewhat tastelessly, off of his moniker: "Call me Michael Vick 'cause I'm a dog, ho," he raps. Snoop knows full well that he's an elder statesman in hip-hop ("I'm almost 20 in"), but before anyone thinks he's out of touch with the culture, the rapper name-checks a certain young MC later in the song: "She call me Superman, I'm on my Soulja shit (Yooouuu!)."-Melanie Bertoldi