R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece

Eleven years after his debut, Snoop Dogg remains as relevant and rambunctious as ever.

Eleven years after his debut, Snoop Dogg remains as relevant and rambunctious as ever. "R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece," his seventh studio set, is off to a great start with lead single "Drop It Like It's Hot," which was produced by the Neptunes (who co-executive-produced the album) and features Pharrell. The track's tongue-clicking accents and synthed-sampled bounce are irresistible. Meanwhile, "Snoop D.O. Double G" is reminiscent of his early Death Row catalog. A lover of the ladies, Snoop delivers the goods on "Perfect," a midtempo groover with the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson. It's one of those just-right tracks for a late-night drive with that special someone. Other highlights include "Oh No" (featuring 50 Cent) and the crunk-infused "Step Yo Game Up" (with Lil Jon and Trina).—RH