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So let me take a little break from movie talk and shift gears to music. I was driving in my car not too long ago, flipping through radio stations until I got bored and left it on the local "hip-hop and R&B" station. The song playing was upbeat, synthesized, and fast, with a Roger Troutman-esque voice singing over the track. As I listened more closely, I noticed something distinctly familiar about that voice. When the chorus began, I immediately recognized the singing to be that of Snoop Dogg.
Doubleyoo... Tee... Eff...
How and when did Snoop "1-8-7 on a muthaf*ckin cop" Dogg become Alice Deejay? What kind of f*cked up weed was he smoking when he made this song? Did he sustain massive brain trauma from an accidental tackle by one of his peewee football kids during practice?
You don't love me. You just love my pop sensibilities.
Okay, truth be told, I have liked very little of Mr. Dogg's music since Doggystyle, a bona fide classic, but this?! This is egregious! When I heard this horsesh*t desecrating my cheap car speakers, I wanted to speed home and cry in the shower.
So I did some research, and I found an interview with him in which he explains that he was, in fact, emulating the aforementioned Mr. Troutman, one of the "guys I was inspired by." When asked about the song's similarities to T-Pain[ful to listen to], Snoop described the differences between his voice-altering "Talk Box" and T-Pain's voice-correcting "Auto-Tune." Frankly, the explanation sounded a lot to me like when Vanilla Ice tried to demonstrate what he apparently perceived to be the significant difference between the bassline in "Ice Ice Baby" and that of Queen and David Bowie's "Under Pressure." Fail on both counts.
Roger Troutman and his Talk Box, which doubles
as a combination crack pipe/beer helmet silly straw.
In any case, I just found the whole experience so upsetting that, of course, I just had to come on RT and blog about it. I mean, that's normal, right?
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