Essential Mixtape: The 25 best Snoop Dogg songs ever
(Credit: Hip Hop Hero)


Essential Mixtape: The 25 best Snoop Dogg songs ever

Snoop Dogg is more than a rapper. He is an icon. The West Coast act (real name Calvin Broadus) had such an impact on the culture when he first arrived that it is unfathomable to think where hip-hop would be without him today. Not only is Broadus a fantastic artist, but he is funny, highly versatile and, more importantly, a musical chameleon. The Long Beach native has a cross-generational appeal which is a tricky feat for a rapper to achieve.

However, Broadus managed to obtain this successfully. Akin to artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye, and Pharrell Snoop did this by constantly adapting his sonics as he moved forward in his career. Furthermore, he collaborated and did so a lot more than many of his peers.

Snoop had humble beginnings and has revealed in interviews that he never intended or even wanted to be famous. In fact, he was pretty shy. Rising to fame in the early 1990s, the West Coast MC grew up in Long Beach. A shoreside city located just south of LA and, here, he met and befriended Warren G, who was too born and raised in the area. Warren G is Dr Dre’s cousin, and when visiting the Death Row co-founder (real name Andre Young), he presented him with Broadus’ demo.

Having just parted ways with Eazy-E and Jerry Heller, Young wanted to build up his roster, and Snoop’s demo compelled him. In 1992 the pair first met, and shortly after, he was introduced to the world as Dre’s protégé on the legendary track ‘Deep Cover’. As one of Death Row’s most seminal figures, Snoop Doggy Dogg would quickly dominate hip-hop, and within a year of meeting Young, his debut album Doggystyle was topping the Billboard 200.

Both artists worked together during the 1990s, and with Dre’s ingenious churned-out G-funk classics. However, after parting ways with Death Row in 1998, Snoop gave the G-Funk sound a break and began to reach out and experiment. This gave him longevity and allowed him to remain in the industry for another decade.

As he diversified his sound, Snoop worked with various producers during the 2000s. This collaboration led to a rich and illustrious portfolio for the rapper. Broadus formed partnerships and friendships with multiple artists from different generations and regions. From Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar to Pharrell and Lil Jon, the West Coast act has reached every corner of the culture. With that said, his discography is gigantic. Having sieved through it all, we have narrowed it down to his 25 best. See our picks below.

The 25 best Snoop Dogg songs ever:

  • ‘Who Am I What’s My Name’
  • ‘Gin And Juice’
  • ‘Murda Was The Case’
  • ‘Bitch Please’ ft Xzibit & Nate Dogg
  • ‘Just Dippin’ ft Dre Dre & Jewell
  • ‘Stacey Adams’ ft Kokane
  • ‘Still A G Thang’
  • ‘What’s My Name Pt. 2’ 
  • ‘From tha Chuuuch to da Palace’ ft Pharrell
  • ‘Beautiful’ ft Pharrell
  • ‘Lolipop’ ft Jay-Z, Nate Dogg, and Soopafly
  • ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ ft Pharrell
  • ‘Signs’ ft Pharrell, Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake
  • ‘Let’s Get Blown’ ft Pharrell
  • ‘Vato’ ft B-Real
  • ‘LAX’ ft Ice Cube
  • ‘That’s That Shit’ ft R Kelly
  • ‘Sexual Eruption’
  • ‘1800’ ft Lil Jon
  • ‘ I Wanna Rock’
  • ‘I Wanna Rock (The Kings G-Mix)’ ft Jay-Z
  • ‘ Luv Drunk’
  • ‘Let’s Go Study’
  • ‘I Get Lifted’ ft Wiz Khalifa
  • ‘Outside Of The Box’ ft Nate Dogg