Calvin “Snoop (Doggy) Dogg” Broadus’s discography is a California bildungsroman, the story of a young boy’s journey into manhood. It’s also a trek through his homeland. Snoop has always referenced Long Beach and Los Angeles with extreme specificity.
His 13th album, Bush, is an R&B album in which Snoop leans into his singing voice. The result is eclectic and slinky — but still bumping, mind you — reminiscent of a group that put Long Beach on the map: War’s proto G-Funk paved the way for Snoop’s. With songs like “Why Can’t We Be Friends?” War set lyrics dealing with serious sociopolitical issues like race relations into a laid-back groove that matched the beautiful backdrop. War, which began as a backing group for Eric Burdon of the Animals (!), became a band whose lineup matched its musical ethos: promoting equality through cultural fusion.