By Jon Caramanica
Updated December 13, 2002 at 05:00 AM EST
Snoop Dogg: Gregg DeGuire/

Snoop Dogg’s never lacked for charisma, though he’s been mailing in his rhymes for five years now. No more, my nizzle. In Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, he’s backed by the best production — Latin funk on ”Lollipop”; doo-wop on ”Ballin”’; and good old-fashioned G-funk on ”Stoplight” — he’s had since his Dr. Dre-helmed debut, Snoop is reborn, a gangsta-rap granddaddy in recline. Quitting weed probably helped too.