11. Let’s say it again…Snoop, stay away from the patois, homie. Oh yeah, “Smoke the Weed” (duh, this is a Snoop album, after all), with a little help from Collie Buddz, struggles with some well-meaning, but embarrassing lyrics. “Show respect, don't neglect mother nature/All the pollution in this world/Me just can't stand it…” Somewhere there’s a sky-high, sixth year UC Berkeley senior from Idaho playing this song on an acoustic guitar following a game of hacky-sack. Dude!
12. Busta Rhymes is still capable of stealing a song (going back to his complete taking of A Tribe Called Quest’s brilliant 1992 posse cut “Scenario”). There’s some hardcore spitting taking place on “Remedy.” Busta’s own Jamaican background gives credibility to this one.
13. Best song #1: “No Guns Allowed” is easily the most powerful song on Reincarnated. Hearing Snoop’s young daughter Cori B sing with her father makes you think of all the innocent people we continue to lose to senseless gun violence. Drake even pours out something for his departed folks. Salute.
14. The biggest offender? “The Good Good,” a thoroughly tripped up, fluffy, faux reggae cut that sounds like it was left on the cutting room floor of a Selena Gomez recording session. It’s so bad that it makes you wish that the late Bob Marley’s friend/collaborator Bunny Wailer busted into the studio and smacked everyone involved.
15. Bottom line: Snoop makes a risk-taking statement that should receive praise for its sheer guts. But this is strictly for the hardcore Snoop Dogg completist. Reggae and dance hall followers will most likely view this one as a moderate diversion.