Best features on Snoop Dogg's new 'Algorithm' album, from Usher to Mary J. Blige

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  • Snoop Dogg
    Snoop Dogg
    American rapper
  • Ice Cube
    Ice Cube
    American rapper

Has Snoop Dogg hacked the algorithm?

The veteran hip-hop multihyphenate is constantly reinventing the formula for what it means to be a star, a rapper and a mogul. In the past few years, he's received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, become a strategic consultant for Def Jam, broken a Guinness World Record, been tapped as a 2022 Super Bowl halftime show headliner, and co-hosted the 2021 Puppy Bowl with frequent (and unlikely) collaborator Martha Stewart.

He's going beyond hacking it to presenting it with his new album "Snoop Dogg Presents Algorithm" (now streaming), a 25-song compilation project. The "Gin and Juice" rapper only has one solo track, "No Bammer Weed," on the album, which mostly features collaborations with other artists and songs by other performers.

Snoop showcases the best of the east and west coasts, from Mary J. Blige and Ice Cube to newcomer Blxst, connecting generations of hip-hop.

We rounded up the best features on the album:

Snoop Dogg's 2021 album "Snoop Dogg Presents The Algorithm."
Snoop Dogg's 2021 album "Snoop Dogg Presents The Algorithm."

'New Oldie,' feat. Usher and Eric Bellinger

Snoop Dogg taps Usher and Eric Bellinger for a smooth R&B-infused song that positions itself as an "oldie" for the new generation. "This is a new oldie // Latеr, I'ma look back and say 'This used to be my jam,' " Usher and Bellinger croon on the track. Snoop Dogg has often shared his love of nostalgic records, and he raps poetic about his dreams of "bein' on records that they played at the barbecue."

'Big Subwoofer,' feat. Ice Cube, E-40, Too $hort (Mount Westmore)

Mount Westmore is back at it again. The hip-hop supergroup comprised of Snoop, L.A. trailblazer Ice Cube and Bay Area legends E-40 and Too $hort returns for a track that deserves to be played through an actual big subwoofer. As Snoop says, "everybody eatin'" on the song (one of the project's singles), its bumping bass the perfect backdrop for each of their signature flows.

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'Murder Music,' feat. Jadakiss, Benny the Butcher and Busta Rhymes

There's an immediate switch-up from West to East on the next track, another one of the album's single. New York's hip-hop elite get grimy with a horror-tinged beat, as Snoop effortlessly raps the "Murder Music" chorus between Benny's punctuated prose, Jadakiss' raspy bars and Busta Rhymes' guttural growl.

Rapper Snoop Dogg poses atop his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following a ceremony in his honor on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Rapper Snoop Dogg poses atop his new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame following a ceremony in his honor on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in Los Angeles.

'Go to War,' feat. Blxst

Back to the West with L.A.'s newest talent Blxst, whose music has gone viral on social media all year. Blxst sing-raps about a love he's willing to "Go to War" for, and the accompanying video mixes in some retro blaxploitation-era scenes including Snoop Dogg with a sky-high Afro.

'Diamond Life,' feat. Mary J. Blige and DJ Cassidy

"Diamond Life" is a joint to step to at the family cookout. Blige's feature isn't the broken-hearted ballad or soaring vocals fans are used to – she's talking that talk and living her best life. "Grapes make wine, but it takes time," Snoop raps, with a dual meaning. It's taken time for him to get to this point in his career, but ever the businessman, Snoop's line is a rhyming reminder that he's not just a rapper: Both Snoop and Blige have wine brands, with his 19 Crimes collaborations and her Sun Goddess venture.

'Make Some Money,' feat. Fabolous and Dave East

With a little funk infusion, this earworm sees the trio of Snoop, Fabolous and Dave East teaming up to "Make Some Money." It's one of the album's catchiest songs, with short bursts of energetic verses from each rapper.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Snoop Dogg 'Algorithm' album features: 'Make Some Money,' Usher, more