It brings me no joy to write this, but Snoop Dogg's new single, "Trash Bags," is awful.
Like, really, really, really bad. Belongs-in-a-trash-can bad.
Here, take a listen (or, you know, don't):
Back in March, when Snoop announced his plans to release Neva Left, the 15th solo album of his esteemed 24-year career in hip-hop, I was excited.
While I didn't love either of his two previous albums—'15's Bush and '16's Coolaide—the lead single off Neva Left, "Mount Kushmore," featuring the herb-loving trifecta of Method Man, Redman and B-Real, combined with the album's cover artwork, which features a shot by iconic hip-hop photographer Chi Modu taken during a 1993 shoot for Snoop's Doggystyle, had me looking forward to a project that had all the makings of an authentic, throwback West Coast project.
Featuring ATL rapper K Camp, "Trash Bags" is a run-of-the-mill trap record about counting cash and stuffing it into... you guessed it... trash bags.
Not that Snoop isn't allowed to make a trap record about all the money he's made during his lengthy career and his preferred means of storage for said funds—and considering he has an estimated net worth of $143M, I'm sure he knows a thing or two about trash bags—but the track's sonic aesthetic doesn't allow for it to stand out from the crowded sea of generic trap records that flood SoundCloud and Audiomack on a daily basis.
Vocally, Snoop hasn't aged a day in over two decades, which, considering the amount of weed the man has smoked, is rather incredible. But after listening to "Trash Bags," not only am I no longer looking forward to the release of Neva Left, I'm scared to press play.