Album: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
Label: Doggystyle/Star Trak/Geffen
Producer: The Neptunes
Snoop had already made chart-topping singalongs about smoking indo and pulling 187s on undercover cops, but his greatest trick was teaching America what to do when “the pigs try to get at you.” Someone should make a diagram of all the sounds in The Neptunes' post-McFerrin minimalist masterwork: tongue clicks, nose whistles, belly drums, finger pops. My favorite of all is the hissing sound, which reminds me of a delinquent releasing the air from a fancy car's tire. It's one of those gas-station sounds that's embedded in the mechanical symphony of everyday life in L.A.