Album: Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$
Label: Doggystyle, Priority, Capitol
With 2002's Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$, Snoop Dogg completed his transition out of his rocky late '90s stint with No Limit Records and back into his role as hit-making West Coast hip-hop dignitary. Snoop's career rally owes much of its traction to his partnership with the Neptunes, which began with Paid Tha Cost's lead single "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace." "Chuuuch" finds the Neptunes playing off the smoothness of Snoop's voice, outfitting it with menacing squelching keys and the high pitched synth lines Dr. Dre favored in his early '90s work.