Snoop Dogg, "Bush" (Columbia)
Weed. Appearances on "Empire" and ESPN. The Snoop Lion reggae episode. Put those aside. Snoop Dogg has been a sensual, elastic hip-hop voice ever since he set gin to juice. Yet, it is only when working with producer Pharrell Williams that his flow is in flower and his freak flag is at full mast. "Bush" is high-octane, sexily psychedelic G-funk, with hints of George Clinton's Parliament. Start with "So Many Pros" and its rolling congas, thrumming bass and Snoop's singsong, processed vocals (yes, vocals): caramel-coated, atomic-dogged Parliament. Same with the slick, soulful "California Roll," with its Stevie Wonder harmonica solo. Same with the sweet-and-sour rap of "Peaches N Cream," with Charlie Wilson's background howls. T.I., Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar show up on "Edibles" and "I'm Ya Dogg," but no one beats old Snoop at Drambuie-smooth R&B/rap when Pharrell is aboard.
A.D. Amorosi, Philadelphia Inquirer
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