Perhaps it is the curse of Death Row, but it seems totally inconceivable that the so-called lost sessions have remained lost for so long. The latest WIDEawake Death Row offering’s insert promises a selection of ‘Snoop Dogg’s classic 90’s recordings’ and for the most part it must be said that the ‘new Death Row’ headed by Managing Partner Lara Lavi has delivered on that promise.
Aside from just a couple of less memorable ‘album tracks’ so to speak, The Lost Sessions Vol. 1 marks a return to the familiar and instantly distinguishable Death Row sound. The haunting melodies of certain post-’96 tracks even perfectly capture the mood of a Snoop Dogg in mourning for his good friend and labelmate Tupac Shakur. Perhaps the most notable and explicit example of the expression of Snoop’s loss is the K-Ci & JoJo assisted 2pac tribute Life’s Hard featuring Big Pimpin.
Other highlights include the original version of O.G. (featuring vocals from Nate Dogg and production by Daz Dillinger) and the Dre-produced Fallin’ Asleep On Death Row, reminiscent of his earlier style. This exploration of the darker side of Death Row, with classic material and overlooked treasures having been stranded on Tha Row for years, brings forth the question of just how many more gems lay undiscovered in the vaults.
Snoop Doggy Dogg’s The Lost Sessions Vol. 1 will be available in North America from October 13th 2009.