Now that Snoop Dogg is no longer the young pup that he used to be, he’s settled down and changed his name to Snoop Lion, (the reggae reincarnate of his former self), and cut a track with an ex-Disney icon turned bad girl, pop starlet Miley Cyrus, for his fourth studio album, Reincarnated.
Makes sense… I guess.
Ashtrays and Heartbreaks, the newest single from Reincarnated, is your average Top 40 mash up of genres. Which means, it’s nothing special.
So yeah, that’s it.
I wasn’t expecting much from this song in terms of originality. It seems to be the norm at this point for urban artists/ rappers to pair off with pop stars to cut a track.
They follow the same formula and the songs always turn out the same:
It’s either a mediocre track that’s radio friendly, with the pop star singing chorus and the rapper with the main verses, or an awkward rap cut thrown in with pop star singing lead.
Unfortunately, Ashtrays and Heartbreaks doesn’t break the mode, and falls right into the same pile as the rest.
All the while, of course, Snoop is puffing out clouds of smoke, singing:
“Blow it hard for the ones who ain’t here
Seems like every day we’re putting one
six feet underground
So blaze –
what goes up, must come down”
The song isn’t exactly receiving rave reviews, and the now that the video has been released, I’m expecting it to receive the same treatment.
It’s a typical summer, Top 40 jam that will get played regardless of how good, or bad, people think it is.
However, I do give Snoop Lion an “A” for effort; collabing with Cyrus for this track took balls, or a lot of weed.
I see what they were trying to do with the video, lyrics, and message,but it fell short.
Sorry. It’s not so much that the song and video suck but, they don’t exactly scream AWESOME either.
This track could have been better, but I guess Snoop stop giving a fuck during recording after his first blunt kicked in.
Miley on the other hand, was probably just happy to smoke some sticky icky with the big D.O. Double G (ahem, I mean Lion), and to finally sing something besides Party in the USA and Can’t Be Tamed.
I don’t blame her.
Check out the video below and let me know what you think!