Released: 15th August 2005.
Snoop Dogg has struck gold musically with his "Rhythm & Gangsta: The Masterpiece" album. He's managed to stay seriously street whilst simultaneously titillating the pop audience thanks to big hits from The Neptunes and guest spots from Justin Timberlake. "Ups And Downs", the latest track lifted from "R&G" is a mid-tempo G-funk groove, harking back to the Snoop Dogg of old, but the clever, synthesized production from Baby Dubb (which also samples the Bee Gees) assures mainstream appeal for the casual radio listener. Maybe not as immediate as "Drop It Like It's Hot" or "Signs", but it's nonetheless a seductive listen designed for repeated enjoyment.