Music Scene: Snoop Dogg's Coolaid passes the acid test
SNOOP Dogg releases his new album Coolaid today and on the first few listens it's clear that he is still able to effortlessly blow most of his rap and hip hop contemporaries out of sight.
Like most Snoop records, he continues to mix menace with mirth and darkness with sunshine.
One minute you laugh at some of the tongue in cheek comical lyrics the album has to offer and the next you shiver at some of its more serious, nasty inferences that make you scared to be in the room alone with it.
The intensity of the opening track Legend leaves you in no doubt that this artist is as hungry in 2016 to make potent rap music as he was back in the 90s – the track finds the Doggfather ranting about his powerful position in the game and how he is yet to be toppled.
As usual the production on his records shines through with its innovation and depth still in evidence. From the sparkling relentless shuffle of Kush Ups featuring Wiz Khalifa to the clever use of a sample from 80s synth star Gary Numan's Cars on My Cars, this is a good a hip hop album as you will find anywhere today.
There is a running theme more than ever of Snoop rapping about his achievements, his fame and his possessions as if to remind some of his recent rivals that he in fact invented the swagger, the bravado, the humour and the image that so many 'current' artists are desperately trying to project.
Of course this album comes with a parental advisory label and so it should – you have been warned.
THE long-awaited movie Suicide Squad movie now boasts a hot soundtrack to accompany the ongoing hype.
While the film showcases the acting talents of Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie and Ben Affleck, the album features contributions from Eminem, Skrillex, Panic At The Disco and 21 Pilots.
Best track on the compilation, though, is an unlikely collective effort from Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons called Sucker For Pain which should and probably will be the movie's main theme.
JUST CAN'T GET ENOUGH
DEPECHE Mode have finished the first run of recording sessions for their new album.
The band have been hard at work on the follow-up to the sublime Delta Machine and this time have taken an unexpected swerve in the direction of producer choice.
James Ford who has worked previously with Arctic Monkeys and Florence and the Machine has been given the job of bringing Martin Gore and Dave Gahan's latest musical vision to life.
This will be Depeche Mode's 14th studio album and an early projected release date is spring 2017 – don't hold your breath.