Today in Hip Hop History: Doggystyle

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Doggystyle (1993)

Today in Hip Hop History: November 23, 1993

Long Beach based rapper Snoop Dogg (then stylized as Snoop Doggy Dogg) released his debut album, Doggystyle, through Death Row Records in 1993. Doggystyle marks the beginning of Snoop’s long and enduring rap career. The album was produced by Dr. Dre and Daz Dillinger and featured outside vocals from George Clinton, Nanci Fletcher, Tha Dogg Pound, Warren G, Nate Dogg and several more.

Snoop Dogg rose to prominence in the music industry after his numerous additions to Dr. Dre’s debut album, The Chronic. The two, with their respective debut albums, are generally lauded as the main reasons why G-Funk became popular in the early 90’s. The album cover featured artwork from Joe Cool and was heavily inspired by Too Short’s album cover for Short Dog’s in the House.

The production on the album reflected a more laid back, smooth G-Funk sound than that of The Chronic, which seemingly resonates more with Snoop Dogg and his flow. His lyrics were applauded for their creativity despite containing several controversial words; those relating to sexism, violence and overall lewdness.

Doggystyle had three singles: “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Gin and Juice,” and “Doggy Dogg World.” In addition to the singles, the album had more songs that received significant radio airplay, most notably “Lodi Dodi” and “Ain’t No Fun.”



Doggystyle is largely considered a classic hip hop album. Coming at the end of the Golden Age when hip hop was transitioning into “90’s hip hop,” Snoop Dogg’s debut achieved both critical and commercial success. It topped the U.S. Billboard Charts. It has become several times over RIAA Platinum. Various revered publications have names the album one of the greatest hip hop projects of all time. Happy 22nd birthday to one of the best, Doggystyle!

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