Drop it like it's hot: The essential Snoop Dogg playlist
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Drop it like it's hot: The essential Snoop Dogg playlist

As hip hop started to brew during the '80s, the emergence of gangsta rap in the '90s pushed the genre to another realm—and Snoop Dogg was at the heart of it. Snoop first came on to the scene in 1992 with an assist from Dr. Dre, when he was featured on The Chronic. The following year, Snoop dropped his debut Doggystylė, an album that became a staple in heralding West Coast hip hop and the G-funk sound. 

Over the course of Snoop's 25+ year career, the rapper has transcended his icon status into more than just hip-hop. Adding to his repertoire, he can be seen hosting a cooking show alongside Martha Stewart, launching a wine label, acting, and owning a youth football league—just to name a few. 

While Snoop is well-respected in the entertainment industry, he's also an advocate for future generations of rappers. To celebrate Snoop's legacy, here are 30 songs that are perfect for the ultimate Doggfather playlist.

 
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"Gin and Juice"

"Gin and Juice"
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If there’s one song in Snoop Dogg’s discography that should be played at any house party, it’s his second single, “Gin and Juice.” The Dr. Dre-produced track is all about sipping on the best alcohol, smoking the best chronic, and keeping everything chill as Snoop says, “Laid back, with my mind on my money and my money on my mind.” 

 
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"F*** Wit' Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"—Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg

"F*** Wit' Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')"—Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
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Dr. Dre released his second single “F*** Wit Dre Day” alongside Snoop Dogg. At the time, there were some burned bridges between Dre and his former group N.W.A., and the single showcases Dre and Snoop trading verses as a diss track. 

 
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"Beautiful" feat. Pharrell and Charlie Wilson

"Beautiful" feat. Pharrell and Charlie Wilson
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Snoop Dogg enlisted The Neptunes on one of his biggest singles to date, “Beautiful.” In the video, Snoop and Pharrell are seen living their best lives in Rio de Janeiro as they praise women for their beauty and they want the world to know.

 
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"Doggfather" feat. Charlie Wilson

"Doggfather" feat. Charlie Wilson
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Snoop Dogg was adamant about showing appreciation for the old school music era while sampling it in his own music. On the Charlie Wilson-assisted single, “Doggfather,” he samples The Gap Band’s hit song, “Humpin.” Snoop had no problem using his rhymes to highlight his life story, he did just that on this single as he referenced his criminal case, “Man, you know I ain't tryin' to floss / but ermm murder (murder) murder was the case that they lost".

 
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"Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)"

"Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)"
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After making his introduction on Dr. Dre’s album The Chronic, Snoop Dogg released his debut album Doggystylė the following year. The album’s lead single was “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?).” With Dre's production assistance, the song includes samples from groups like Funkadelic and Parliament.

 
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"Down for My N’s"—C-Murder feat. Snoop Dogg and Magic

"Down for My N’s"—C-Murder feat. Snoop Dogg and Magic
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C-Murder's single “Down for My N’s” is a prime No Limit Records sound thanks to producer KLC. The rapper recruited Snoop and Magic as they trade verses about true ride or die associates in their circle. 

 
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"Drop It Like It’s Hot"

"Drop It Like It’s Hot"
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During the early 2000s, The Neptunes were in high demand to produce big hits. The Neptunes exclusively produced Snoop’s seventh album R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. One of the album’s standouts was the lead single “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” earning Snoop his first number one hit of his career.

 
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"I Wanna Rock"

"I Wanna Rock"
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“I Wanna Rock” is Snoop’s third single from his tenth album Malice n Wonderland. The crowd chat throughout the song beams with a victorious sound, which was perfect for the video showcasing a dance battle. 

 
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"California Roll" feat. Stevie Wonder

"California Roll" feat. Stevie Wonder
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In 2015, Snoop Dogg released his thirteenth studio album Bush, produced entirely by Pharrell Williams. One of the album’s standouts is the breezy single “California Roll,” which finds Snoop rapping about life in Los Angeles and how it’s the city to make dreams come true.

 
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"Doggy Dogg World" feat. The Dogg Pound and The Dramatics

"Doggy Dogg World" feat. The Dogg Pound and The Dramatics
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An element that has always been prevalent in a lot of Snoop Dogg’s music is his appreciation for old soul and funk records. His single “Doggy Dogg World” adds some hook melodies from the ‘70s group The Dramatics.

 
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"Woof" feat. Mystikal and Fiend

"Woof" feat. Mystikal and Fiend
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Snoop Dogg teamed up with Mystikal and Fiend on his single "Woof." Fans can always count on Snoop to make dog references in his songs, and it was no different in "Woof" in which mentions of the dog pound and bow wow are evident. 

 
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"Signs" feat. Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson

"Signs" feat. Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson
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Whenever Snoop Dogg links with The Neptunes, the rapper is sure to have a hit on his hands. He teamed up with Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson on his disco-inspired single, “Signs.” It’s an interesting collaboration since each artist comes from different musical styles and eras, but their cohesion makes for a fun track.

 
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"Snoop’s Upside Ya Head"

"Snoop’s Upside Ya Head"
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In 1996, Snoop Dogg released his sophomore album Tha Doggfather. The lead single, “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head” features vocals from Charlie Wilson and also samples The Gap Band’s “I Don’t Believe You Want To Get Up and Dance (Oops).”

 
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"Still a G Thang"

"Still a G Thang"
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After Snoop Dogg left Death Row Records, he signed to No Limit Records and released his third album Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told. The album’s lead single “Still a G Thang” became a top 20 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

 
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"Sensual Seduction"

"Sensual Seduction"
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In 2008, Snoop released his ninth studio album Ego Trippin' and the lead single was “Sensual Seduction.” On this track, listeners hear Snoop singing in auto-tune across a production that is filled with funk elements. The video also showcased Snoop’s love for the funky era with a '70s-inspired visual. 

 
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"Those Gurlz"

"Those Gurlz"
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Although it wasn’t a popular single, “Those Gurlz” was a standout track on his album Ego Trippin.’ With production from DJ Quik and Teddy Riley, Snoop tells the story about being interested in a new woman and he’s ready to let go of his playing ways.

 
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"Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)" feat. Nate Dogg, Warren G, and Kurupt

"Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)" feat. Nate Dogg, Warren G, and Kurupt
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Although it wasn’t released as a single, “Ain’t No Fun” is a standout track on Snoop’s debut album Doggystylė. While the smooth baseline and Nate Dogg crooning at the beginning of the track lead to a smooth listen, the lyrics can be quite misogynistic. 

 
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"B***h Please" feat. Xzibit and Nate Dogg

"B***h Please" feat. Xzibit and Nate Dogg
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Snoop Dogg worked with his longtime collaborator Dr. Dre on his single, “B***h Please.” The Xzibit and Nate Dogg-assisted single became a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. 

 
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"From tha Chuuuch to da Palace"

"From tha Chuuuch to da Palace"
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By the time Snoop Dogg released his sixth album Paid Tha Cost to Be da Boss, he decided to enlist a lot more producers that he didn’t frequently work with in the past. He worked with The Neptunes on the album’s lead single “From Tha Chuuuch to Da Palace” in which Snoop is talking a big game about himself.

 
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"Snoop Dogg (What’s My Name Pt. 2)"

"Snoop Dogg (What’s My Name Pt. 2)"
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Snoop Dogg was known for giving sequels to past hits. He did just that when he released “Snoop Dogg (What’s My Name Pt. 2)" as a sequel to his debut hit “Who Am I (What’s My Name).” This track gave a different sound for Snoop as he worked with hitmaker Timbaland on production. 

 
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"Let’s Get Blown"

"Let’s Get Blown"
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On Snoop Dogg’s single “Let’s Get Blown,” the production is reminiscent of his G-funk sound along with the old school era. The Neptunes-produced track incorporates a sample from funk band Slave’s “Watching You.” Snoop knows how to make a smooth track and his symmetric sound with The Neptunes is easily one of the best in hip-hop history.

 
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"Lay Low" feat. Tha Eastsidaz, Master P, Butch Cassidy and Nate Dogg

"Lay Low" feat. Tha Eastsidaz, Master P, Butch Cassidy and Nate Dogg
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Snoop Dogg has no problem calling people out and he makes it known on his Dr. Dre-produced single, “Lay Low.” Nate Dogg stresses on the hook that anyone who’s claiming to be something they’re not should probably lay low.

 
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"Wrong Idea" feat. Bad Azz

"Wrong Idea" feat. Bad Azz
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The final single from Snoop Dogg’s album The Last Meal is the smooth “Wrong Idea.” The song is self-explanatory as Bad Azz and Snoop reiterate in the hook “Now I don’t want anybody to get the wrong idea about me / I don’t have nothing to hide / I want the world to see / I’m a gangsta gangsta.” 

 
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"The Next Episode"—Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg

"The Next Episode"—Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
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Dr. Dre doesn’t release many solo albums, but his 2001 album featured the Snoop-assisted single, “The Next Episode.” The track easily brought fans back to their '90s hip hop days and solidifies how Dre and Snoop can always make a hit song together. 

 
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"Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)" feat. E-40, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc and Tha Dogg Pound

"Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)" feat. E-40, MC Eiht, Goldie Loc and Tha Dogg Pound
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In Snoop Dogg’s career, it’s evident he’s always down to step into different genres. Since Snoop is known as a West Coast hip-hop king, his single “Candy (Drippin’ Like Water)” is a merge between LA and Bay Area hip-hop as the production is heavy with hyphy elements. 

 
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"I Wanna Love You"—Akon feat. Snoop Dogg

"I Wanna Love You"—Akon feat. Snoop Dogg
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In 2006, Snoop Dogg dropped his eighth studio album The Blue Carpet Treatment. The album’s second single was the Akon-produced track “I Wanna Love You,” which earned Akon his first No. 1 single, and Snoop’s second.

 
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"Life of da Party" feat. Too Short & Mistah F.A.B.

"Life of da Party" feat. Too Short & Mistah F.A.B.
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“Life of da Party” is the perfect title for Snoop Dogg’s persona. He’s the type who can be cool with anyone and the party doesn’t start until he shows up. As he says on the song, “A lot of y'all wanna ball and try to walk this way / Y'all want that shine-shine but that's all mine / I'm bonafide, qualified to have a hot damn time.”

 
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"Gangsta Luv"

"Gangsta Luv"
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In 2009, Snoop Dogg released his tenth studio album Malice n Wonderland. Written and produced by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, the album's lead single “Gangsta Luv” peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot Rap Songs chart. 

 
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"Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang"—Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg

"Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang"—Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg
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Snoop Dogg first came on to the scene in 1992 when Dr. Dre added him to his single, “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang.” Both rappers were instrumental in the '90s in turning hip hop into a mainstream genre. 

 
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"2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted"—2Pac feat. Snoop Dogg

"2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted"—2Pac feat. Snoop Dogg
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Right when 2Pac says the line “Ain’t nothing but a gangsta party,” followed by the beat drop, this song is sure to get hype. 2Pac and Snoop Dogg came together on “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted,” as they celebrate beating criminal charges.

Mya Singleton is a freelance writer and photographer based in Los Angeles. Her work has also been featured on The Sports Fan Journal and AXS. Feel free to follow her talking all things music on Twitter @MyaMelody7

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