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  • Summary: 'The Hard Way,' co-produced by Kanye West, is the first disc for the trio of Snoop Dogg, Warren G. and Nate Dogg.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. This is the most enjoyable album of Warren's and Nate's careers to date, by a long shot, and it's among Snoop's most enjoyable as well.
  2. It's a welcome throwback in today's complicated rap game.
  3. Exquisite, state-of-the-art beats, rhymes and vocal hooks. [25 Sep 2004, p.65]
  4. That's right--gangstizzle nostalgizzle. [2 Sep 2004, p.142]
  5. Serviceable g-funk for gin-and-juice-swilling house parties. [10 Sep 2004, p.164]
  6. While it may churn out a few hits, The Hard Way ultimately is a letdown.
  7. 20
    Starts promisingly soulful, but soon descends into faux gangster bullshit and lazy, dumb-ass sexism. [Feb 2005, p.100]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. James
    Aug 22, 2004
    10
    this is hot!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. MathiasV
    Aug 23, 2004
    10
    Haw is this album a bit disapointing?? all the songs on this album are great as fuck
  3. fernandog
    Aug 24, 2004
    10
    This album is a great collaboration of westcoast rap that's been mising for a couple of years the chemistry between the artists is This album is a great collaboration of westcoast rap that's been mising for a couple of years the chemistry between the artists is amazing accompanied by some of the best lyrical performaces by all three artists it gets a ten because it gives you everything you expect from a west coast album if you like the West you like this album Expand
  4. Chea
    Oct 23, 2004
    9
    I think they did a good job by just doing what they know best ! Could be a lott better but I still enjoy it to the fullest....true, if you I think they did a good job by just doing what they know best ! Could be a lott better but I still enjoy it to the fullest....true, if you like the west you like it Expand
  5. jdawg
    Aug 21, 2004
    6
    The first two songs are so good you'll expect a masterpiece. Then, alas, there is a solid letdown. The middle of the album is mainly The first two songs are so good you'll expect a masterpiece. Then, alas, there is a solid letdown. The middle of the album is mainly tired beats and not too interesting topics. But man, the first two songs almost make it worthwhile. Takes you back to the old west coast gangsta rap days. Expand
  6. LawrenceL
    Aug 20, 2004
    5
    This album was only a let down because of poor production, the only song that really stands out is Appreciation, which really has that G-Funk This album was only a let down because of poor production, the only song that really stands out is Appreciation, which really has that G-Funk feel to it. Its undeniable the talent in this group, although this trio was hyped to be the Westcoast supergroup, after listening to this album, its true that people say this label still belongs to Westside Connection. Expand
  7. BigPunn
    Sep 22, 2004
    3
    I think its a sad attempt by some broke down has-beens to make gangsta hits which should of been titled 2 bitches, 1 ho, 3 dicks

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