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The first voice you hear on the new Snoop record is that of Master P, introducing the latest recruit to the No Limit army. It's a message, albeit a subtle one: in the team game of hip-hop, there's been a trade, and our man P gained the advantage. Da Game... is Snoop's first release on the label, and it is a No Limit release through and through--in spite of the fact that, in the context of No Limit's marketing megalopoly, Snoop's Merlot mixes poorly with the rest of the crew's Asti Spumanti. Fortunately, his flow has always been blessed with a Southern swing, and the Beats by the Pound gumbo funk is a natural for the Doggfather, even if there's little on the album that pushes the creative envelope. As for Snoop himself, he spends ample time attempting to evoke previous glories with the uninspired "Gin & Juice II" and "Still a G Thang," though his strongest moments come with Mia X on "Slow Down" and with Mystikal and C-Murder on "See Ya When I Get There," both classic No Limit material. --Jon Caramanica

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 4, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Frontline Catalog
  • ASIN: B000008UKN
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (178 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,594 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Warren Woo on August 4, 1998
Format: Audio CD
To be honest, I HATE THE NO LIMIT STYLE OF RAP. That's why i was very skeptical at first about this album, but since i love Snoop so much I had to pick it up regardless. The way I see it, Snoop shows that he can still put out great material as evidenced by songs like 'Whatcha Gonna Do,' 'Gin and Juice II,' 'Still a G Thang,'and 'Ho's money and clout.' The biggest similarity with these tracks is that they harken back to a classic snoop style - bouncy basslines with smooth lyrics. The rest of the material is muddled with the annoying No Limit Soldier appearances by fools such as mystikal and Fiend, and much of the album suffers from lackluster, 'jiggly' beats from Beats by the Pound, who I have never really respected. So, when not caught up fully in the annoying no limit southern drawl, Snoop once again shows a lot of potential. When and if he does make another album with Dre, I'll be first in line cuz I know that he is back to form, and that combo will rock the house onc! e again. Overall, a solid but frustrating effort to listen to.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.C. on February 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
In 1998, Snoop Doggy Dogg decided that he was leaving Death Row Records; and while appearing on several No Limit releases (Mystikal, Silkk...), it was no surprise to see that Snoop Doggy Dogg was quick to enroll to Master P's red hot No Limit enterprise. However, with the new record label, Snoop simply went from being one of the brightest rap stars in the '90's to nothing more than a member of the growing and growing No Limit Army. In no time Snoop began recording his No Limit debut, "Da Game Is To Be Told, Not To Be Sold", an album that, if put together right, had the ability to bring Snoop's career to the next level. However, this album does little to justify his status as a star. When Snoop signed to No Limit, he lost more than just his middle name, "Doggy". For, he was now simply Snoop Dogg. Perhaps "Doggy" represented Snoop's confidence as an MC, something that Snoop lacks to bring to the table on this one. The Beats By The Pound production team is weak to put it bluntly. The sometimes louder, banging beats represent everything Snoop Dogg wasn't about. Snoop had always kicked it over a slow, laid back, dope West Coast beat. It is now clear that those days would be far behind. Welcome to the No Limit factory line Snoop. Even further, Snoop's cold, chilling voice (something that made this star unique) was at times completely off; sounding as if he is struggling at the mic. To make things worse is the over abundance of No Limit guests on this album. At times their loud, almost yelling raps completely drown out that of the album's star, Snoop. Not to say that this is a completely bad album, not by No Limit standards.Read more ›
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "thegreatgrizant" on October 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Positives: I'm hard pressed to find positive things to say about this record. Snoop is one of the greatest and Doggystyle proved he can make premium rap music.
Negatives: This album proved Snoop is also not afraid to fall flat on his face. I don't know where to begin on this album. Any tracks that aren't "No Limitized" are just too soft. Snoop has that kind of soft flow but tracks like "Show Me Love" & "Doggz Gonna Get Ya" are not his patented gangster rap norm. I don't know how I managed to stick with Snoop after this attempt. Every other record Snoop has ever and will make is better than this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G$ on October 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Snoop comes with a very disappointing third effort and first on No Limit since leaving the Death Row Empire. All in all this cd has quite a few below average tracks and only one great one and about 6-8 good ones (21 total songs are on the cd so only about 40% of the cd is quality). Features too many songs with No Limit artists (something they are known for). The production is too southern for Snoop's delivery and style and it effects the quality of the cd (Beats by the Pound make some tight beats but they don't fit Snoop well with too many of the songs on here).

#1 - 7.5 (f/ Master P)

#2 - 7.5 (decent slowed down song - f/ Mia X & O"Dell)

#3 - 4 (f/ Fiend & mystikal)

#4 - 6.5

#5 - 4

#6 - 3

#7 - 5

#8 - 4 (f/ Mystikal)

#9 - 9.5 (great g-funk beat - f/ Master P on the hook)

#10 - 10 (a classic - definately the best song on the cd)

#11 - 6.5 (f/ Soulja Slim (R.I.P.), Silkk the Shocker & Fiend)

#12 - 5 (f/ Master P & Silkk the Shocker)

#13 - 8 (f/ Silkk & C-Murder)

#14 - 8 (f/ C-Murder - remake of NWA's "Gangsta Gangsta")

#15 - 8.5 (gangsta track - f/ Steady Mobb'n)

#16 - 7.5 (f/ C-Murder & Mystikal)

#18 - 3 (f/ Mia X)

#19 - 8

#20 - 8 (produced by Soppafly & Daz)

#21 - 7 (F/ Master P - samples "Bout It Bout It" beat)

b. Calvin Broadus - 10/20/72 - Long Beach, CA

"G'z Up Hoe'z Down"

LONG BEACH!!!! ---- 213

P.S --- check all my reviews
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nuisance on July 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Lets get one thing clear. Snoop and crunk dont mix. You can tell that Master P had full control of this poopfest. Snoop is a laidback rapper. No Limit artists yell so loud you cant even hear the beat. How can you not see something wrong with this transition? The only good tracks are Woof, Still A G Thang, Dont Let Go and Slow Down. The rest of this album is straight...... Filler: Snoop mutilates the old BDP classic Love's Gonna Get Ya with the extremely soft sounding Doggz Gonna Get Ya. His main man died in 96 but he gives tribute to his fleabitten mutt that passed on in See Ya When I Get There(why do we like this fool again?). Snoop ruins a good thing with Gin & Juce II which sounds like a bad horror flick and Get Bout It And Rowdy is too stupid to describe with words. Dishonorable Mentions: Hoes Money& Clout, Snoop World, D.O.G's Get Lonely Too, Hustle & Ball,Tru Tank Dogs and the rest of this album. Bottom Line: Snoop's first album on No Limit is a certified stinker. Even though his later albums on No Limit where good this one was fully controlled by Master P and you can tell. Snoop was out of his element on this one plus the beats were rank to begin with.
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