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The best things in life are indeed worth waiting for. More than a decade in the making, 213 (the super group of hip-hop icons Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, & Warren G) is set to release its explosive, long-anticipated debut album, The Hard Way. The charged collection finds the music veterans breathing new life into the Gd up sound & style they helped define & popularize in the 1990, when they individually & collectively sold more than 25 million records. With production from Kanye West (Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Twista), Hi-Tek (Snoop Dogg, Talib Kweli), & Battlecat (Snoop Dogg, The Eastsidaz), among others, The Hard Way hits hard sonically & lyrically, as Snoop, Nate, & Warren reflect on life lessons, examine relationship issues, & deliver song after song of future hits.

Warren G, Nate Dogg, and Snoop Dogg bring their old 213 crew back together in time for summer picnics and park jams. Though Warren G appears throughout, it's mostly a Dogg's day as Snoop and Nate give the album its gangsta-lean feel. The vibe is strictly laid back--the group pens odes to liquor, women, and weed, including a remake of Rick James's "Mary Jane" (released just before the singer's passing). For the most part however, 213 has their minds on sex more than smoking out, with playful cuts like "Groupie Luv" balancing the profane shock of "My Dirty Ho." Musically, they lay down classic G-Funk with that signature squeegee sound--just the right groove for street cruising and backyard partying, especially the sweet soul of "Another Summer" and the catchy funk of "Lil Girl." The Hard Way isn't quite as strong as you'd expect from such a marquee trio, but if you're looking for a collection of pleasant made-for-summer tunes, 213 is the area code to dial. --Oliver Wang

1. Intro
2. Twist Yo Body
3. Absolutely
4. Sassy Ways
5. Groupie Luv
6. Wait A Minute
7. Another Summer
8. 213 The Gangsta Clicc
9. Ups & Downs
10. Gotta Find A Way
11. Joysticc
12. Rick James Interlude
13. Mary Jane
14. MLK
15. Whistle While U Hustle
16. Lil Girl
17. She Wasn't Feelin' Me
18. Give It Up
19. Never Love A Ho
20. Appreciation
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Tvt
  • ASIN: B0002CHI8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Genesis on August 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Being born and raised in California, the West Coast has always been my favorite area for hip-hop. Snoop Dogg and Warren G are definitely a couple of classic west side MC's, with Nate Dogg singing hundres of excellent hooks over the years. Naturally I was excited about these 3 getting together and doing an album. And now that it's it out I can say it was worth the wait.

This album is definitely a banger. Great production and a feel good vibe to it the release date was timed perfectly with summer. Because thats really what this is a Summer Anthem. It's got a very chilled laid back vibe and I love it. Kind of reminds me of the classic album "Regulate..G Funk Era" from Warren G. The beats do a great job of fusing old-school west side G-Funk sounds and current hip-hop sounds. Snoop and Warren are also at the top of their game through out the album spitting some of the best verses i've heard from them in awhile. Nate of course sounds perfect singing the hooks.

Now this album isn't perfect. There are, to me, a few generic mainstream sounding songs such as "213 Tha Gangsta Clicc" but still, most of the songs are top-notch. I'm going to give this cd 5 stars but its probably more like 4.5. It's near perfect and a great West Coast release.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Done on August 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
213 provide an entertaining album with "The Hard Way" (2004). The trio of Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Warren G have all individually been known for delivering some memorable collabrations over the years, so I have been looking forward to seeing what they would be like collectively on their debut full length album. Overall this is a strong album with a lot of standout tracks. The early tracks don't grab my attention that much, including the lead single. The first real standout for me is "Wait A Minute", all of 213 come through nicely backed by a unique and addictive beat. The next track is my favourite on this album the Kayne West produced "Another Summer", this really captures the feeling of this season, an excellent feel good track, I agree with Snoop this is a summertime anthem. 213 then talk about the "Ups & Downs" of the Rap game, and staying true. I think we can all relate with the standout "Gotta Find a Way", we all need to get paid. "Joystick" has an old school feel to it like the earlier "Sassy Ways", it has got an 80's sounding feel to it with a humorous sex concept. After a Rick James (R.I.P.) skit, 213 drop the laidback "Mary Jane". Another memorable track is the outstanding "MLK", love the way this one flows. 213 talk to and about some ladies on "Give It Up" while giving thanks and showing love to family and friends on the mellow "Appreciation". I first heard the beat to "So Fly" on a track from 50 Cent's EP "Power of the Dolla" and Monica used it later with her hit single. Usually I don't like it when beats get reused, primarily because artists dont always improve the track. 213 create the exception, delivering a premium track, Snoop and Warren G rhyme well and Nate Dogg shines on this closer. I like the chemistry that these three have and its nice to see a West Coast album getting some attention in a time where Rap seems to be focused everywhere else. I recommend checking this one out. 213 have succeeded in creating a nice late summertime with "The Hard Way".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Jackson on August 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I am not usually a fan of rap music but this album is so chill and laid back. It is a break from the Lil John "Crunk" music that floods the airways. This is an album you could clean ya house or ya car to and most of all light up to. They did a good job with this one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By SC-enjoy responsibly! on April 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This album offers something unheard for a long time; west coast rap. Could have been better with Warren G producing rather than rapping as he is clearly overshadowed by Snoop Dogg's abilities but Nate Dogg steals the limelight. The 'Ghetto Crooner' is on top form for the entire album his hooks are sublime and his rap contribution is of good standard too! Although some tracks stand high above others it is almost impossible to skip a single track.

Highlights include: 'So Fly', 'Mary Jane', 'MLK', 'Another Summer', 'Lonely Girl', 'Gotta Find A Way' and 'Appreciation'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enlightened on December 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
213, Nate Dogg, Snoop and Warren G, release their first full length album with The Hard Way. The long awaited and highly anticipated album from this group is not the classic it was expected it to be, however that does not mean that the album is garbage. It's a banging tight album but not as banging as it could've been.

Lyrically, Snoop is the man as he's somewhat returned to his silky smooth flow, Warren G has improved over the years as well but his flow sounds kind of outdated and Nate's soulful singing on the album is a pleasure to hear (we need another solo joint Nate!) The first big thing to notice is that Warren G doesn't produce any songs, not one, nada. This is almost unacceptable for this group. He could have produced one track, at least one...I don't know what happened. Instead lesser producers such as Hi Tek, Nottz, DJ Pooh, Lil Half Dead, Josef, and Michael Angelo among others provide beats. Heck Soopafly didn't even get on this joint...unacceptable. But it's not that these beats don't bang or that these producers aren't good ( they do trust me), it's just that they aren't Warren G beats!!! ( need another Warren G solo too!).

Now that that's outta the way...on to the album. The album still flows along smoothly ( what can you expect it's Snoop baby ) and Warren G provides some comedy in his raps even with a more aggressive flow. Nate Dogg is straight destroying the choruses...on point every single time quotable til the last day. Snoop spits playalistic rhymes and flows. The beats are definitely on point. Keep It Gangsta is something real lovely on a beat provided by B Sharp, they tell how they kept they lives real. Run On Up, previously on one of their Welcome 2 Da Chuuch Mixtapes, is about as Hard as you can get.
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