If there’s one name synonymous with West Coast hip-hop, it’s Snoop Dogg.
From his laid-back drawl to his cartoon-like features and insane collabs with some of the world’s biggest rappers, R&B and pop singers, Snoop has evolved from his rebellious ‘90s G-funk era to become a bold character in the music industry and a major pop culture icon.
Not only is he one of the coolest rappers in the game, he’s brought hit after hit for decades. But beyond his musical chops, Snoop has also made a mark in the world of wine, with his collab with 19 Crimes.
So, how better to celebrate the release of Snoop Dogg and 19 Crimes latest drop, Cali Gold, then by deep diving into his greatest songs and collaborations of all time.
- “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)” (1993)
“Yeah, roll up the dank, and pour the drank.
And watch your step (why?) ’cause Doggy’s on the gank.”
An iconic song from an iconic album. “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?)” was Snoop Dogg’s debut single on “Doggystyle” in 1993, and it became a masterclass in the rapper’s signature lyricism and smooth flow. The track, produced by Dr. Dre, is a nostalgic trip down memory lane for fans of the golden era of West Coast hip-hop and undoubtedly solidified Snoop’s place in the rap pantheon.
- “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (2004)
“When the pimp’s in the crib, ma, drop it like it’s hot.”
So goes the catchy and often repeated hook of Snoop’s “Drop It Like It’s Hot”. The song brought Snoop back into the mainstream in the early 2000s, after hip-hop shifted away from gangsta rap in the late ‘90s. Its memorable beat and minimalist production were groundbreaking at the time, and made the track, and Snoop himself, a massive commercial success. Years on, “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was named the hottest rap song of the decade by Billboard.
- “Gin and Juice” (1993)
“Two in the mornin’ and the party’s still jumpin’.
‘Cause my momma ain’t home”
Released as part of his chart-topping debut album, “Doggystyle” in 1993, “Gin and Juice” is a hip-hop anthem that needs no introduction. The track is Snoop Dogg at his best, with his signature smooth flow and infectious lyrics, set against Dr. Dre’s production. 30 years later, it remains iconic and the music video continues to rack up views with fans nostalgic of the early ‘90s. “Gin and Juice” marks the beginning of Snoop Dogg’s ascent to a party-loving household name and earned its place at #8 on Rolling Stone Australia’s 100 Greatest West Coast Hip-Hop Songs of All Time.
- “Beautiful” (2003)
“Don’t fool with the player with the cool whip.
Yeah, yeah, you know I’m always on that cool shit.”
Snoop Dogg proved his versatility with “Beautiful,” a soulful track featuring Pharrell Williams. Released in 2003, the collab was one of Snoop’s biggest hits as a lead artist in the early 2000s and is a testament to his genre-defying artistry, including groovy beats and pop-infused lyrics that get instantly stuck in your head. The song’s smooth, melodic vibe perfectly complements Snoop’s laid-back style. It’s a feel-good track that continues to stand out in his discography.
- Young, Wild & Free” (2011)
“Dippin’ away, time keeps slippin’ away.
Zip in the safe, flippin’ for pay.
Tippin’ like I’m drippin’ in paint.”
The 2010s saw Snoop Dogg – briefly Snoop Lion – dive into different genres, including a rebrand into reggae, house, and even gospel. But nothing tops the iconic list as much as the 2011 banger, “Young, Wild & Free”, which saw Snoop team up with Wiz Khalifa and Bruno Mars. A party track that continues to resonate with fans of all ages, the track is all about enjoying life to the fullest.
- “Ain’t No Fun” (1993)
“Guess who’s back in the muthafuckin’ house?”
Coming in at #49 on the list of 100 Greatest West Coast Hip-Hop Songs of All Time, “Ain’t No Fun” ft. Nate Dogg and Kurupt is an unabashedly explicit track and one of Snoop’s best collaborations on his debut album. Snoop trades verses with the soulful singer and rapper, Nate Dogg, sharing witty tales of romantic escapades. Nate’s soulful and melodic hooks add a touch of musical finesse to the otherwise raunchy narrative. The song was never released as a single, but became a classic Snoop fan favourite to this day.
And just as Snoop Dogg’s music has stood the test of time, his venture into the world of wine with 19 Crimes has been a hit among fans and wine connoisseurs alike.
So, if you’re ready to elevate your Snoop Dogg experience to the next level, look no further than the release of his new wine, Snoop Cali Gold, a sparkling drop with a crisp, citrus finish that perfectly complements the legendary rapper’s unique style.
While you vibe to these tracks, don’t forget to explore the wider range of Snoop Dogg wines, including the best-selling Cali Rosé and Cali Red.
The new 19 Crimes Snoop Cali Gold Sparkling is available now at Dan Murphy, BWS, Liquor Land, First Choice and some independent liquor stores.