• Record Label: Priority
  • Release Date: Nov 26, 2002
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. He's backed by the best production he's had since his Dr. Dre-helmed debut.
  2. Though Snoop Dogg never slipped from the charts, Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$ smacks of a comeback, and it's a great one.
  3. Of course, as far as production goes, it would be nearly impossible to top Doggystyle. However, Paid the Cost tries as hard as it can.
  4. Snoop sounds as cool as ever with his velvety voice and nodding head keeping the laid-back party going.
  5. Spin
    80
    Snoop unleashed. [Feb 2003, p.100]
  6. Blender
    80
    Not since his debut has the Doggfather been any higher. [#12, p.155]
  7. What makes 'Paid Tha Cost...' such an unexpected joy is the way in which Snoop's comic persona offers all involved an opportunity to loosen up and have some fun.
  8. One of his best-balanced albums in years.
  9. Vibe
    70
    The album's most compelling moments recall the Doggfather's early days. [Jan 2003, p.125]
  10. A strong (if characteristically overlong) album.
  11. Uncut
    60
    He treads a line between loving monogamy and club bangers, emphasising accessibility throughout. [Jan 2003, p.128]
  12. At once fly, fierce and skilled, he's a purebred off the leash.
  13. Q Magazine
    40
    A mess. [Feb 2003, p.107]

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.1

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Oct 4, 2018
    10
    This album is Snoop's best since Doggystyle, the beats are great and Snoop sounds damn bit better than he has in prior albums. This is almostThis album is Snoop's best since Doggystyle, the beats are great and Snoop sounds damn bit better than he has in prior albums. This is almost a classic, songs like Boss Playa or Pimp Slapp'd just kill and Beautiful isn't even the best song on the album. Definitely a 9/10 but I like it so much in my opinion it receives full marks. Full Review »
  2. Andreas
    Mar 5, 2004
    9
    This is really funky. I love the "chill-songs" like Ballin' and Boss Playa, and the whole album is really solid, but it isn't as This is really funky. I love the "chill-songs" like Ballin' and Boss Playa, and the whole album is really solid, but it isn't as good as "tha last meal", which is classical. Snoop is the man. Full Review »
  3. maxc
    Nov 4, 2003
    10
    his phattest cd in ages