by Carla Bynum
The album starts with the title track “Neva Left” which has an old school feel and represents the start of his rap career. In an album listening party, Snoop said that he wanted to “make a record to engulf every phase of Snoop Dogg.” With a career that spans over 25 years, the rest of the album is bound to be a much appreciated trip. “Neva Left” contains a sample of “As Long as I’ve Got You” by The Charmels. The song was also sampled in the Wu-Tang Clan’s hit song “C.R.E.A.M.”
On the following track, Snoop reminisces on how things were “Bacc in da Dayz” when he was in his twenties. He remembers pinching pennies before he started his million dollar mission. The song features Big Tray Deee and contains a sample from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Check the Rhyme.”
On the track “Promise You This,” Snoop raps about how never makes promises but he encourages those looking for handouts to man up and work hard to get things on their own.
Snoop and K CAMP show their appreciation for strippers on the track “Trash Bag.” They are going to fill a trash bag full of cash to throw at the strippers. Snoop even name drops a few of his favorite dancers.
“Swivel” is a catchy song featuring Stresmatic on the hook. Snoop is in beast mode and he knows nobody else can touch him.
“Go On” is a feel good song that is perfect for summer. The song features singer October London as they sing about the summertime and how there’s one person in mind they want to spend their time with.
The track “Big Mouth” is aimed at all the haters who always have something to say about what he’s doing with his life and money. The first verse is about a rumor Snoop heard about him and his crew. He raps about how he laughed when he heard the rumor and how he wants to hear it from the horse’s mouth next time. In the second verse, he remembers being told he has a big mouth and learning a lesson from it. He learned that certain things should remain between the people it’s meant to be between.
Snoop raps about the young hoes he meets on the track “Toss It.” If any of them want to have sex with him there are some rules they have to abide by before they can get it poppin’. The song features Nef the Pharoah and Too $hort who reiterate the same message.
Snoop raps about his appreciation for his mistress Mary Jane on the track “420 (Blaze Up).” If he had it his way, we would all agree and have peace “under a big chronic tree.” Marijuana helps him on a physical, medical, mental, and theoretical level. The song fittingly features Devin the Dude and Wiz Khalifa, who has his own strain of marijuana called KK.
“Lavender (Nightfall Remix)” is a remix of the 2016 song “Lavender” by Canadian group BADBADNOTGOOD and producer Kaytranada. On Snoop’s remix, he raps about police brutality and the trials of being black in America. He also raps about the current state of America under Donald Trump’s leadership. A music video for the song was released on March 12th and is set in a society of clowns who are run by a clown named Ronald Klump. The video even got a reaction out of Donald Trump who went to Twitter (of course) to voice his frustration for the video.
KRS-One joins Snoop on the track “Let Us Begin,” another old school type of track. KRS-One raps about all the killing going on in the streets and how we must do better. Snoop raps about all the friends he has lost to gun violence.
“Mount Kushmore” is the album’s first official single and is another ode to marijuana that features Redman, Method Man, and B-Real of Cypress Hill. They all take turns rapping about how they like to smoke weed.
“Vapors (DJ Battlecat Remix)” is a previously unreleased remix to his 1996 track “Vapors” from his album The Doggfather. The song is a cover that samples Biz Markie’s song of the same name. The song features vocals from Teena Marie and Charlie Wilson.
The track “Still Here” features an intro with a young boy gushing about how Snoop is back. Kendrick Lamar is also featured on the intro and he informs the boy that “big Snoop never left.” Snoop raps about how people didn’t expect him to last as long as he has. Although he has ventured into other facets, he’s never left the rap game and he wants listeners to remember that. He never left so this isn’t a comeback.
The album closes with the track “Love Around the World” about how much love he gets when he’s traveling and touring around the world. The song features vocals by Big Bub.
Snoop Dogg is one of few artists who has managed to stay relevant for over 25 years. He has his hands in many things but he’s never strayed from his music. He wants his fans to know that this isn’t a comeback because he Neva Left.
Recommended Tracks: “Go On,” “Let Us Begin,” “Mount Kushmore,” “420 (Blaze Up)”