It’s a DoggyStyle holiday. Today marks the 25th anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s “DoggyStyle” debut album release produced by Dr. Dre, to say that the rapper made an impact on hip hop with this album would be an understatement. Snoop Dogg changed Hip Hop with this album, introducing the world to a different genre of hip hop called “Gangster Rap”. A genre of music that vividly describes the heartache and pain, as well as the moments of joy and happiness experienced in the ghettos across the world. 

Snoop Dogg’s “DoggyStyle” was released by Death Row Records and Interscope Records. The album debuted at No. 1 on billboard 200, selling 806,858 copies in the first week. A massive accomplishment for a kid out the hood of Long Beach, California. Snoop Dogg would continue to break records with this album unbeknownst to him at the time. The album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America.

In 1993 Snoop Dogg’s, “DoggyStyle” was deemed the fastest selling hip hop album of that time however with all the success, of course out came the critics, stating that Snoop Dogg was glamorizing a violent lifestyle and promoting killing and drug selling through his music, many labeled the Long Beach Rapper Public Enemy No. 1. A threat to public safety.

Snoop Dogg shot back in defense of his artwork stating, 

“For little kids growing up in the ghettos, it’s easy to get into the wrong types of things, especially gangbanging and selling drugs. I’ve seen what that was like, and I don’t glorify it, but I don’t preach. I bring it to them rather than have them go find out about it for themselves.”

Fast forward 25 years Snoop Dogg is far from a threat to public safety. He is a family man, a entrepreneur, A talk show host, a philanthropist, and the list goes on and on. Snoop came a far ways from the streets of Long Beach, California and had he listened to the critics and the naysayers he would have remained in those same streets.

 On this 25th anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s “DoggyStyle” album, let us not only celebrate the album for what it was and what it remains to be in hip hop history. Allow us to celebrate a man who acted on his dreams and made a way for himself and his family to thrive in the world. Let today inspire you to move forward in your life and act on your dreams, it doesn’t matter where you are and what people label you as. What matters is the path you choose to place yourself on. Happy DoggyStyle Day!

 

Written By- CharnaDanielle