In place of the gospel album that never materialized at the Super Bowl, Snoop Dogg returns in 2018 with 220, a surprise EP released February 20, 2018. Over the eight-track spread, Snoop does his best impression of a chameleon, interspersing styles suited for his contemporaries in between throwback g-funk cuts.
Channeling his inner Curren$y, Snoop, aka, “your favorite rapper’s rapper” cruises in on a bassy, southern instrumental featuring Houston-esque faded and chopped vocals. What follows is Snoop’s best attempt at an Eric Bellinger love song on “Everything”, featuring Jacquees and Dreezy. “Motivation” is another color-change for Long Beach legend, dressing up in auto-tune for a repetitious ode to conquering 2018.
Between the filler though, Snoop returns to his g-funk roots, bouncing around after his misguided last album, Make America Crip Again. “Doggytails” is the standout jam, harnessing the talk-box vocals from a Zapp era track and mixing them into a song fit for flipping switches in an El Camino. The title track, “220” also keeps Snoop right at home, teaming with Long Beach fellow Goldie Loc for another gangly west coast bump.
Though much of the tape is as harmless as Snoop is in 2018, “I Don’t Care” is a misplaced revival of ringtone rap. LunchMoney Lewis spits “I don’t care!” on repeat, creating a perfect soundbite for those thirsting for a brand-new ringtone. Ultimately, 220 sits as a brief time capsule of Snoop’s take on the last 30 years of hip-hop and R&B. With enough g-funk to satisfy purists, the D-O-double G’s career in hip-hop has long been cemented as an all-time great, and projects like these are but another notch in his title belt.
220 is available to stream and purchase today.