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Late Night Vibe: Snoop Dogg “Midnight Love”

I discovered this gem accidentally. I’m a huge fan of Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion as he’s referred to these days) and Raphael Saadiq. I was introduced to Raphael Saadiq during his stint as the lead singer of Tony! Toni! Tone! during the early 90’s. Tony! Toni! Tone! had hits like “Feels Good”, “It Never Rains (In Southern California)”, and “Anniversary” which were songs that can be placed on the soundtrack to my childhood. I first heard Snoop via the title track of the Deep Cover Soundtrack with Dr. Dre and from that point forward he was always a favorite rapper of mine. But let’s fast forward through time and space. A time when MP3s ran supreme and illegal downloading became the norm. I located a 4-track EP (not sure if it was an official release or something thrown together) of Raphael Saadiq’s Hip-Hop collaborative efforts on the net one day and within it, I found “Midnight Love”. This is one of the smoothest jams. Snoop and Raphael compliment each other well over this track. Please know that West Coast Hip-Hop gets high marks in my books due to the use of melody in the production and the introduction of G-Funk. Definitely something to vibe to on the late night…