3. Album: Snoop Dogg – “Tha Last Meal”

The most talked-about unreleased album in hip hop is set to be released next week. Too late for the Christmas market, too late for the end-of-year polls, too early for the post-Christmas lull, too early for the post-Christmas disposable teenage income: what’s the point? The point is that the album’s shaping up to be one of the best hip hop releases of the year, and a very important progression in the story of Dre, Snoop, NWA and Eminem.

Never being a weblog to advocate the use of file-sharing programs such as Napster, it’d be unfair to comment on the leaked demos or the pre-release promos that we hear have been made available for download. However, I will say that on the basis of the song titles listed, the album looks like being excellent. With the usual special guest stars appearing, it’s like it’s 1993 all over again.

Also, Snoop’s raps sound better than they have since “Doggystyle”. Oops.