Corey Stocker; Scott Elgin; Omar Reyna; Franklin Rivers Vasquez; Chuck Brungardt; Richard Niles; John Tanksley
Scoop DeVille; Marc Coleman; Whitey Ford; Raphael Saadiq; Rick Rock; Snoop Dogg; DJ Quik; Snoop Dogg; Teddy Riley
Number of Discs
77m : 33s
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Snoop Dogg (background vocals); Raphael Saadiq (vocals, guitar); Dave Young Orchestra, Jamie Foxx, Kurupt (vocals); Marlon Williams (guitar); Kamasi Washington (tenor saxophone); Larrance Dopson (keyboards); Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes (bass guitar); Trevor Lawrence (drums); Meelah Williams, Erika Jerry, J. Black (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Neil Pogue; Peter Mokran.
Recording information: Amerycan Studios, N. Hollywood, CA; Beat Bangerz Studio, Atlanta, GA; Blakeslee Recording Studio, N. Hollywood, CA; Blue Palm Recording Studios; Chung King Studios, New York, NY; Encore Studios, Burbank, CA; Record Plant, Hollywood, CA; Studio Atlantis, Los Angeles, CA; Tha Hollywood Spot, Hollywood, CA; The Hollywood Spot, Hollywood, CA; Zac Recording, Atlanta, GA.
Arranger: Ron Fair.
On album number nine, Snoop branches out a bit, assuming executive producer credits and working as one-third of the production team QDT (along with Teddy Riley and DJ Quik). While the production hovers around 1970s R&B, soul, and smoothed-out funk (with conspicuous samples from Marvin Gaye, the Isleys, Brooklyn Dreams, and Prince Phillip Mitchell), there are also a few curious excursions into '80s synth-pop ("Cool") and even country music ("My Medicine"). At the same time, Snoop's lyrics are all over the place. Over the course of the album's 21 tracks, he goes from mega-boasting on his fame and wealth ("Gangsta Like Me," "Staxx in my Jeans") to celebrity name-dropping ("Deez Hollywood Nights") to seductive talk-box crooning ("Sexual Eruption") and groupie-love anthems ("Life of da Party," "Those Gurlz") to bittersweet reminiscing on his rise from the hood ("Can't Say Goodbye") and dedications to his wife and kids ("Been Around tha World"). As the title suggests, EGO TRIPPIN' is all about Mr. Calvin Broadus, and therefore the outing contains just a handful of guest spots from Too Short, Raphael Saadiq, Mistah F.A.B., and Charlie Wilson.
Rolling Stone (pp.63-64) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[H]is languorous rapping has a way of inspiring inventively freaky sounds from producers....Result: the best Snoop disc in years..."
Entertainment Weekly (p.p.74) - "All of Snoop's personalities make appearances on his ninth CD, Ego Trippin'....It's sentimental, it's fun....Maybe this old Dogg doesn't need any new tricks." -- Grade: B
Vibe (p.80) - "Lead single 'Sensual Seduction' is an undeniable masterpiece of throwback funk schmaltz..."
Word Witchya!, A (Intro)
Sd is Out
Gangsta Like Me
Neva Have 2 Worry
Life of da Party - (featuring Too Short/Mistah F.A.B.)