March 11, 2008, - 3:13 pm

“A Bitch is a Bitch, and a Ho is a Ho”: Your Day in Snoop Dogg

By Debbie Schlussel
Well, that paragon of class and virtue–Snoop Dogg a/k/a repeat-convict Calvin Broadus–is out with a new album, “Ego Trippin'”. No-one can accuse him of not believing in truth in advertising.
But while it’s more of the same, reading the USA Today review of it by music writer Elysa Gardner is a hilarious exercise in BS “literature.” Here it is with my commentary. Note the new phrases, er . . . oxymorons: “gangsta ethics” and “soberly misogynistic” (nice new high-brow term sanitizing despicable hate; hmmm, I’ll try this absurd tactic. . . “soberly Klannish”, “soberly necrophiliac”):

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“A b- – -ch is a b- – -ch, and a ho is a ho,” Snoop declares on Never Have 2 Worry, the fifth track on Ego Trippin’ ‚Äî and he doesn’t seem to be joking. More than 16 years into his career, Snoop clearly isn’t interested in sensitivity training.

You don’t say?

What makes his latest effort at once fascinating and disturbing is his apparent inability to connect the dots between his personal struggles and the gangsta ethics he champions so artfully.

“Gangsta ethics” is a phony term in the first place, but putting the word “artful” next to it or anything about Snoop Dogg is even more absurd. You can just hear the smooch sound of Ms. Gardner’s lips to Mr. Dogg’s rear even while she’s declaring that she’s shocked–shocked!–that Dogg doesn’t connect the dots between his crime-filled life of hoodness and his “values,” er . . . “gangsta ethics.” This is news to her?

Musically, Trippin’ ranks with the rapper’s best work; he and his co-producers fold ’80s electro-funk into arrangements that feel at once nostalgic and bracingly fresh, from the shimmering single Sexual Seduction to the Princely Cool.

“Bracingly fresh”?! Is there anything fresh and new about “bitch” and “ho”? PUH-LEEZE. The only thing “fresh” about Snoop Dogg would be the latest flesh wound he’s administered to one of his “peeps.”

Snoop’s distinctly mellow rhyming shines brightest when he’s in a playful mood, as on the twangy My Medicine or Deez Hollywood Nights, where he boasts of being at a club “smoking with one of the Marleys – one love.”

“Distinctly mellow rhyming”? Bitch is a bitch, ho is a ho? Hello . . . .? “Playful”? “Shines Bright”? The farm called; it wants the cowchips back.

But the references to bad girls and fun drugs grow less amusing when considered alongside material that either is more soberly misogynistic or tries to trumpet family values.

Um, when were the references to “fun drugs” or the rest of it “amusing”? Just curious.

On Why Did You Leave Me, he asks why a true love “had to go away.” Well, duh.

No, actually, “duh” (however ’80s and passe that word is) is hardly you should be uttering after this clueless “review,” Ms. Gardner.
More like “D’oh.”

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Which Part of This is “Amusing” or “Bracingly Fresh”?

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4 Responses

Yawwwwwwn…a washed up has been trying to be shocking.
What’s so fascinating about “…his apparent inability to connect the dots…”? Stupid is stupid, nothing fascinating there.
Gotta love those music reviewers who try to be hip.

Jeff_W on March 11, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Music reviewers….ROFL!!!
Oh BTW, he’s also gonna be at Wrestlemania 24 at the end of this month….so while I’m watching it, I have to sit through this has-been pimp MCing some match involving some of WWE’s ‘divas’.

Squirrel3D on March 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm

“A b- – -ch is a b- – -ch, and a ho is a ho,” Snoop declares
Question: But is she a nappy headed ho?

BB on March 11, 2008 at 11:33 pm

This entire country should be ashamed that such a bottomless pit of sleaze as this abomination,has been allowed to be a big time celebrity, whose “music”( No, Snoop-lackeys, there is nothing “fresh” about taking actual music recorded 20 years,and use it for musical backdrop,for you to do nothing more than rap monotonously – not even sing – about a cesspool of a life of endless drugs,sex with anything that moves and shooting,no matter filthy rich – TRULY filthy,since we’re talking about Snoop – it makes you. )STILL continues to sell big. And those who actually buy this trash( In nothing more than a sad attempt to be seen as hip and down with Black culture ), ought to be the most ashamed of all,and throw away every album of his they ever bought. But they won’t,of course,further proof of Leftist brainwashing.

OldSchoolW on March 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm

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