While The Chronic was not initially met with universal acclaim by reviewers, its staying power as a genre changing album is well established. 18 years and amazingly only two albums later, Dr. Dre is still enamored by weed. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Nate Dogg and Snoop Dogg are still there with a little Akon sprinkled on top for the latest Detox cock tease, “Kush.”
The clichés begin with the lame refrain, “Hold up, wait a minute, let me put some kush up in it.” It’s not catchy it’s just boring and lazy from the caliber of artists on this song. That it’s delivered Roger Troutman style makes it even lamer. The deep end keys contrasted with the high key stabs are typical Dre and the distorted synth on the wings is also retread. The drums do bang, but they are a basic pattern,just well mastered. You expect more after a decade off. Nate Dogg reprises his “Hold up” cadence from 2001’s “Next Episode,” while Akon’s faux island accent on top of his already prevalent accent does his part to fill out the empty spaces. Dre’s ad libs fall short of Pete, Ye’ or Diddy.
The best part of Dr. Dre’s verse is trying to figure out who wrote it for him. The verse is littered with weed euphemisms like “puff puff pass” “Cheech & Chong” “Mary J” et cetera. Listening to an almost 50 year old man talking about partying all night and getting high is ridiculous and further illustrates the stunted growth of Dr. Dre’s music and concepts.
Surprisingly, Snoop Dogg is the clear highlight of the song. He’s been laying down some really crappy verses on pop guest appearances lately, but he’s in rare form here (or whoever wrote the verse). He’s strong with his delivery and comes out the gate with it, rapping, “Still I am, tighter than the pants on Will.I.Am,” and flows tight for the balance of the verse. His weed has no seeds and it ain’t hydro, chump. And he got a pound of it. We’ve heard it all before from Snoop, but his delivery is so crisp we can keep hearing it.
This song bumps but it would have bumped better in the early part of the decade. In 2010 it is retread and not genre bending or even top tier of contemporary music. For someone of Dre’s myth and legend and considering the wait for this, it’s certified lackluster. Will it hit? Depends on how lazy and desperate the marketplace is. I’m sure the next track will feature Eminem. “Kush.”
Dr. Dre Feat Snoop, Nate Dogg & Akon-”Kush”
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