6. You know you should leave the Jamaican patois alone when you make Brad Pitt’s island-channeling, death incarnate character in 1998’s Meet Joe Black sound like Super Cat. Snoop seems to thrive when he’s rocking in his natural diction. Just saying.
7. Best song #3: “Tired of Running” feat. Akon. Snoop Lion finds inspiration in some of his own gun-toting gangsta past to drop gems on the perils of street life. Rather than play the victim, the D. O. Double G. admits, “I can't believe I'm out here killing my community…” More of this, please.
8. The ridiculous laughter you hear is the sound of a man trying to keep it together as he listens to Mr. Gin & Juice preach the healing powers of beets and guava on “Fruit Juice.” I just can’t.
9. The Diplo led Major Lazer production outfit creates a confident sound that’s more hybrid than pure reggae. But maybe that’s for the best. If the music on Reincarnated attempted to achieve complete authenticity then Snoop’s weakness as a faux Rasta neophyte would have been more exposed. But there are consequences for musically playing it loose (more on that later).
10. Best song #2: This is a case where the pop leanings actually work. “Ashtrays And Heartbreaks” is easily the most shocking number on this 12-track project. On paper, Snoop and Miley Cyrus should have disastrous results. Instead we get an uplifting, down-in-the-dumps-but-hopeful anthem that deserves to be a hit. (*Side note: Speaking of the artist formerly known as Hannah Montana. Have you heard her startling cover of Dolly Parton’s painful classic “Jolene?” The girl has real, emotional pipes. No lie.*)