Tha Doggfather

Tha Doggfather
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 12, 1996
RecordedFebruary–August 1996
Snoop Doggy Dogg chronology
Tha Doggfather
Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
Singles from Tha Doggfather
  1. "Snoop's Upside Ya Head"
    Released: September 14, 1996
  2. "Vapors"
    Released: April 8, 1997
  3. "Doggfather"
    Released: August 26, 1997

Tha Doggfather is the second studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg, known then as Snoop Doggy Dogg. It was released on November 12, 1996, by Death Row Records and Interscope Records. After the success of his debut album Doggystyle (1993), Snoop was charged with murder and in 1995, spent time preparing for the case that went to trial. On February 20, 1996, he was cleared of all charges[2] and began working on his second album without Dr. Dre providing work as a record producer. This was Snoop's final album on Death Row until 2022, when he acquired the rights to the Death Row Records trademarks from MNRK Music Group, releasing BODR the same year. This would be his last album under the moniker Snoop Doggy Dogg. Recording sessions took place from February 1996 to October 1996, with Suge Knight as the executive producer on the album, alongside the additional production from several record producers such as DJ Pooh, Daz Dillinger, Soopafly and L.T. Hutton; as well as guest appearances from Charlie Wilson, Kurupt, Tray Dee and Warren G, among others.

The album debuted at number one during the week of November 12, 1996, selling 479,000 copies, but it failed to match the commercial success of Doggystyle.[3] Dr. Dre had left Death Row to his partner Suge Knight, who was indicted for racketeering by the end of 1996. Tha Doggfather was also released only one week after another Death Row release, which was the first posthumous album by Tupac, The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, which also debuted at number one. Consequently, Snoop's second album stalled at sales of two million copies.

  1. ^ Mickey Hess (2007). Icons of hip hop : an encyclopedia of the movement, music, and ..., Volume 2. Greenwood Publishing Group. ISBN 9780313339042. Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  2. ^ Tina Daunt (February 21, 1996). "Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg Is Acquitted of Murder". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 21, 1996. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "Billboard magazine - August 22, 1998". Billboard. August 22, 1998. Retrieved June 20, 2016.

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