Doggystyle is the debut studio album by American West Coast hip hop artist, Snoop Doggy Dogg, released by Death Row Records and Interscope Records on November 23, 1993.
The album was recorded soon following the release of Dr. Dre’s landmark debut album The Chronic (1992), to which Snoop Dogg contributed significantly. The style he developed for Dre’s album was continued on Doggystyle. Critics have praised Snoop Dogg for the lyrical “realism” he delivers on the album and for his distinctive vocal flow.
Despite some mixed criticism of the album initially upon its release, Doggystyle has earned recognition from many music critics as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the most important hip hop albums ever released. Much like The Chronic, the distinctive sounds of Doggystyle helped introduce the hip hop style of G-funk to a mainstream audience, bringing forward West Coast hip hop as a dominant force in the early 1990s.
Doggystyle debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, and sold 806,858 copies in its first week alone, which was the record for a debuting artist and the fastest-selling hip hop album ever until Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP in 2000. Doggystyle is included in The Source magazine’s list of the 100 Best Rap Albums, as well as Rolling Stone magazine’s list of Essential Recordings of the 90s. About.com placed the album in number 17 of the greatest hip hop/rap albums of all time. The album was certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
By November 2015, the album had sold 7 million copies in the United States, and over 11 million copies worldwide.