Picks and Pans Review: Snoop Dogg

updated 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Ego Trippin' |

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Snoop Dogg and dirty words go together like gin and juice. But only the "clean" version of the new Snoop album was made available for this critic to review. Surprisingly, it doesn't detract much from enjoying Ego Trippin'—turns out there's a lot more to Snoop than his foul mouth. Despite misguided attempts at singing ("Sensual Seduction") and going country ("My Medicine"), he can still win you over with his drawled delivery, sly rhymes and pimp-daddy charm. "From Jessica Alba to Jessica Simpson/ Even Jessica Biel wanna know how I feel," he raps on "Deez Hollywood Nights." But on the closer, the Charlie Wilson-assisted "Can't Say Goodbye," Snoop reveals that while he may have gone Hollywood, his heart is never far from the hood.

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