Doggystyle, the debut album by Snoop Doggy Dogg, was released by Death Row Records on November 23, 1993. Following his appearances on Dr. Dre’s “Deep Cover” and The Chronic album in 1992, Snoop’s debut was highly anticipated. This anticipation was reflected in the first week sales of over 800,000 copies, pushing the album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 and making it the highest-selling debut album in the Soundscan era at that time. The success of the singles “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Gin & Juice,” and “Doggy Doggy World” along with popular album cuts like “Ain’t No Fun” and “Lodi Dodi” pushed the album to sell more than 11 million copies worldwide.
This album, along with The Chronic, are viewed as two of the most important West Coast albums of all time as they helped further establish the G-Funk sound and gangsta rap, influencing artists outside of the West Coast to try and emulate their sound and success. The album has been featured on numerous all-time lists, including The Source’s 100 Best Rap Albums, Rolling Stone’s Essential Recordings of the 90s, and Stylus Magazine’s Top 200 Albums of All-Time.