DARRYL DANIEL aka JOE COOL :
"DOGGYSTYLE" - SNOOP DOGGY DOGG (1993)
Read this article : Joe Cool Details Drawing Snoop Dogg’s “Doggystyle” Album Cover
MP3 : Doggystyle - Snoop Dogg
CD : DOGGYSTYLE (EXPLICIT VERSION)
VINYL : DOGGYSTYLE (EXPLICIT VERSION)
The cover was drawn by Snoop’s cousin Darryl Daniel, also known as Joe Cool. It is styled like a comic book, but has hints of graffiti and airbrush art. Based on an idea by Dr. Dre, Snoop told Joe the basics of what they wanted for the artwork:
"Well Dr. Dre really wants a picture of me on top of a doghouse, reaching over, feeling on a dog’s ass or something. But I want you to draw it, though. We’ll run it by Dre."
The cover booklet unfolded into a mini comic, detailing a day of sex, drugs, alcohol and other shenanigans of Snoop and the rest of his crew.
George Clinton’s song “Atomic Dog” is the foundation for the artwork.
- In Clinton’s song, men are “dogs” who chase after - or lust for - cats (women). On Doggystyle, Snoop is a dog chasing a cat.
- The dogs on the top of the brick wall say in speech bubbles “Why must I feel like that… Why must I chase the cat.. Nuttin but the dog in me.” The bubble quotes are all lyrics from “Atomic Dog.”
- The song lyrics also say “Do the dogcatcher. Dogcatcher,” referring to a dance. On Doggystyle, a dogcatcher hides behind the wall.
- George Clinton appears on the album, and his influence is felt on several songs, particularly the lead single “What’s My Name.”
The image of a dog named Snoop looking down from the top of a doghouse is a reference to Snoopy, Charles Schulz’ iconic cartoon character from Peanuts.