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R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece



Interesting, but not for anyone younger than 17.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Some interesting social commentary; also some genuine misogyny; also some fun, adoring love stuff.


Lots of violence, including violence against women.


Very explicit sexuality.


Very strong.



Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Several obvious drug references.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this CD isn't appropriate for kids. There are some very interesting songs here, but you'll have to wade through a lot of four-letter words to appreciate them.

What's the story?

It's hard to completely resist any songwriter who comes up such whimsical rhymes as \"Everything is beautiful/Right down to ya cuticles\" (on \"Perfect\"). Too interesting and well-done to simply write off for adults, this is still an album filled with all those words and concepts you don't want your kids repeating at Grandma's house.

Is it any good?


From a strictly musical point of view, R&G is an intriguing and well-constructed album by one of rap's revered elder statesmen. But in order to appreciate the cleverness, terrific rhythm tracks, and occasional social commentary, you'll have to wade through a forest of four-letter words, gunshot sound effects, drug references, and sexism -- as well as some surprisingly well-delivered gospel and R&B-influenced tunes. There is an edited version, and it's done better than most, but so many words are omitted that it's almost impossible to grasp the narrative thread on many of the edited tunes.

Snoop's voice, still in good form, seems to ride over the well-constructed beats rather than become a part of them. Cameos by Nelly and Daz, and production by the Neptunes, add polish. A spectacular gospel-tinged beginning kicks off 18 tracks that pay homage to a variety of R&B influences, all executed beautifully.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Snoop Dogg's success. Ask your older teens why they think Snoop has remained popular for so long.

Music details

Artist:Snoop Dogg
Release date:November 16, 2004
Label:Geffen Records
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Too much violence
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Parent of a 17 year old Written byDrugdealer June 25, 2010

I heartfully enjoy this album and think it is a masterpiece of American ingenuity


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