Though Snoop Dogg's sixth studio album will feature collaborations with Jay-Z, Redman and the Neptunes, a dis track aimed at Suge Knight, Kurupt and former ally Xzibit is likely to garner the most attention.
On "Pimp't Slapped," from Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss, Snoop tells his former Death Row Records boss, "You just need to start rhymin'/ 'Cause you're the biggest star on your label/ And them other n---as are just crumbs off my table."
The track, which surfaced on a DJ Kay Slay mix CD, also includes the lines: "A lot of n---as should have said it/ F--- 'em, but I'm gonna say it for 'em/ Stop it, pop it, rewind it and play it for 'em/ Suge Knight's a bitch and that's on my life/ Your rappers and artists tell 'em shut it up/ 'Cause I'll f--- every last one of them up/ Especially Kurupt/ See that's my lil' homeboy, so he knows what's up."
"Pimp't Slapped" appears to address the same frustrations Snoop aired to a Los Angeles radio station earlier this year about his West Coast counterparts picking on Jermaine Dupri rather than dissing Knight on record. While the song addresses X, ("I'm not Xzibit/ You can't pull my ho card"), it doesn't mention Dr. Dre or Eminem, the other players in the Dupri feud (see "Eminem, Xzibit Call Dupri 'Cockeyed Midget' On Answer Track").
Snoop, who was involved in a brief face-off with Knight at the BET Awards in June (see "Ja Rule, Missy, B2K Win, Suge And Snoop Exchange Words At BET Awards"), last dissed the rap mogul on "Death Row Is Bitches," released on his Web site and on mix CDs.
Elsewhere on Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss, due November 26, Snoop shares verses with Jay-Z, Redman and Nate Dogg and raps over beats from the Neptunes, DJ Premier, Just Blaze and West Coast newcomers Jelly Roll and Fredwreck.
Snoop recorded a track with rocker Lenny Kravitz (see "Snoop Dogg (A.K.A. Snoop Scorsese) Talks Next LP"), but the rapper's spokesperson said Tuesday he was not sure it would make the track list, which is still being finalized.
The Neptunes-produced "From Tha Chuuch to Tha Palace" is the album's first single and features Snoop boasting of his rhyme skills. "I still got the gin and juice in hand," he raps in the track. Diane Martel (Eve, N.E.R.D.) will direct a video for the song at the end of September in Los Angeles.
Other tracks on Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Boss include "You Got What I Want," "Suited N Booted," "Boss Playa," "Wasn't Yo Fault" and "Lollipop."