Snoop Dogg, ‘Bush’ (Doggystyle 2015)

Snoop’s 13th – yes, 13th – solo studio album (including last year’s Snoop Lion effort) – is his best in a decade,  by and large because he handed the keys to Pharrell for the entire album. It all rides a superb ‘70s/’80s R&B groove, like a Jammin’ Oldies concert come to life with Snoop as the MC. Guests abound, but they’re not in the way in any way: Stevie Wonder laces opener “California Roll” with his instantly iconic harmonica; Gwen Stefani sounds more alive than she has in years on “Run Away”; Charlie Wilson is only co-credited on “Peaches N Cream” but is actually vocalizing all over the damn thing (yay!). “I’m Ya Dogg” features guest verses from Rick Ross (who sounds like Rick Ross) and Kendrick Lamar (who sounds like the future of hip-hop). And at a tight 41 minutes, ‘Bush’ doesn’t overstay its welcome. This sounds like a natural progression after Snoop’s Dam-Funk collab ‘7 Days of Funk’: more of this, please.

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