Song: "Gin & Juice" (1993)
Album: Doggystyle

It's little secret that Snoop was a fan of Slick Rick; not only did his delivery borrow Rick's unflappably chill charm, but he had a brilliant mastery of understatements. Perfect example: The stresses in Snoop's life at this time were really real—Long Beach was a hotbed of violent gang fighting, and the rapper would soon be indicted on murder charges. But to Snoop—at the end of a long day, which we're to take from the cup being poured into at the track's opening—it's just "drama," and for him, it's just drama that makes it "kinda hard" to not just live, but for Snoop to be Snoop. And for Snoop, rap was a show of shoulder-shrugging self-control in situations that any one of us would buckle under.