Where were you twenty years ago today? If you are a human being on the planet earth, and you were alive twenty years ago today, chances are you were cruising the streets of Los Angeles in a convertible, with a cup of gin and juice in whichever hand was not holding the steering wheel and a joint hanging out of your mouth. Because that's pretty much what every person in the whole world was doing November 23, 1993. Metaphorically at least. Because that's the day that Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut album Doggystyle came out. And doggystyle pretty much became the whole world's style that day.
The year before, Dr. Dre's The Chronic had revolutionized rap. Ushering in the "g-funk era," setting the sonic blueprint for the entire genre for years to come, and, no less importantly, making a tall, lanky 21-year-old from Long Beach, California a star. Snoop Doggy Dogg was his name. (That and Calvin Cordozar Broadus.) And he reminded us of this again and again, in his butter-smooth, mellifluous voiceâ€”a more melodic instrument than any rapper's voice had ever been before. And, once he "went solo on that ass," and sold five million copies of Doggystyle, no one would ever forget it.
In celebration of this important date in rap history, the good folks as Complex TV helped us make a special doggystyle birthday present. It's a video version of the album (abridged) starring dogs. Please make sure the woofers in your speakers are in good working order. And enjoy.