Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told

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Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
Studio album by Snoop Dogg


4th August 1998

Label (s) No Limit Records

Format (s)

CD, CD / DVD, download

Genre (s)

Hip hop

Title (number)


running time



Master P

Tha Doggfather Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told No Limit Top Dogg
Single releases
Slow Down (I Can't Take the Heat)
Still a G Thang

Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told is the third studio album by the US rapper Snoop Dogg . It was released on August 4, 1998 on No Limit Records . Since the rights of the name Snoop Doggy Dogg are held by Death Row Records , he shortened his name to Snoop Dogg.

History of origin

Dr. Dre , with whom Snoop Dogg had produced his debut album, left Death Row Records in February to start his own music label Aftermath Entertainment . Tupac Shakur , who was also engaged for the music label, died before the album Tha Doggfather was released in September 1996 as a result of a gunshot wound and the label boss Marion "Suge" Knight was arrested for violating probation conditions. That brought the label to a de facto standstill in 1996. With No Limit Records, Snoop Dogg found a new label and with label boss Master P a producer for new material.

Numerous No Limit artists such as Mystikal , Mia X , C-Murder , Soulja Slim , Silkk The Shocker , Master P himself and Fiend are involved as guest musicians on Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told .

Track list

All tracks composed by Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) unless otherwise stated.

  1. Snoop World ( feat.Master P) - 5:20 (Snoop Dogg, Master P)
  2. Slow Down (feat. Mia X) - 4:10 (Snoop Dogg, Mia X)
  3. Woof! (feat. Fiend, Mystikal) - 4:22 (Snoop Dogg, Fiend, Mystikal)
  4. Gin and Juice 2 - 3:36
  5. Show Me Love (feat.Charlie Wilson ) - 3:53
  6. Hustle & Ball - 3:26
  7. Don't Let Go - 3:47
  8. Tru Tank Doggs (feat.Mystikal) - 3:55 (Snoop Dogg, Mystikal)
  9. Whatcha Gon Do? (feat. Master P) - 2:37 (Snoop Dogg, Master P)
  10. Still a G Thang - 4:20
  11. 20 Dollars to My Name (feat.Fiend, Silkk The Shocker, Soulja Slim) - 4:09 (Snoop Dogg, Fiend, Silkk The Shocker, Soulja Slim)
  12. DOG's Get Lonely 2 (feat.Master P, Silkk The Shocker) - 3:15 (Snoop Dogg, Master P, Silkk The Shocker)
  13. Ain't Nut'in Personal (feat. C-Murder, Silkk The Shocker) - 3:37 (C-Murder, Snoop Dogg, Silkk The Shocker)
  14. DP Gangsta (feat. C-Murder) - 4:53 (C-Murder, Snoop Dogg)
  15. Game of Life (feat.Steady Mobb'n) - 3:25 (Snoop Dogg, Steady Mobb'n)
  16. See Ya When I Get There (feat. C-Murder, Mystikal) - 3:20 (C-Murder, Snoop Dogg, Mystikal)
  17. Pay for P - 1:43
  18. Picture This - 2:31
  19. Doggz Gonna Get Ya ( feat.MAC ) - 4:59
  20. Hoes, Money & Clout - 3:21
  21. Get Bout It & Rowdy (feat.Master P) - 4:22 (Snoop Dogg, Master P)


Professional reviews
source rating
Fast Forward Weekly
Iowa State Daily
The Rolling Stone Album Guide

Because Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told received mostly moderate criticism.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine reviewed the album for the music database Allmusic and said the raw sound of the album was due to the lower production costs. Since Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, there are only a few concessions to G-Funk on the album and are largely based on material from the standard repertoire of No Limit. What distinguishes the album from other no-limit productions is the style of Snoop Dogg, whose relaxed and lazy presentation is charming in a positive way. By switching to No Limit, Snoop Dogg retained his credibility on the street but lost his creativity.


Da Game Is to be Sold, Not to be Told was the third album by Snoop Dogg in a row to reach the top of the charts in the USA.

Chart placements
Charts Top ranking Weeks
Chart placements
Germany (GfK) Germany (GfK) 24 (7 weeks) 7th
Austria (Ö3) Austria (Ö3) 34 (5 weeks) 5
Switzerland (IFPI) Switzerland (IFPI) 50 (1 week) 1
United Kingdom (OCC) United Kingdom (OCC) 28 (4 weeks) 4th
United States (Billboard) United States (Billboard) 1 (33 weeks) 33

The American Recording Industry Association of America certified the second platinum record in October 1998 for more than two million records sold in the United States.

Individual evidence

  1. Peter Wicke, Wieland & Kai-Erik Ziegenrücker: Handbook of popular music . History, styles, practice, industry. extended Edition. Schott, Mainz 2007, ISBN 978-3-7957-0571-8 . , Page 186
  2. a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine: Review of Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told on Allmusic (English)
  3. Frank Litorco: Snoop Dogg: The Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told. In: ffdweekly.com. July 30, 1998, archived from the original on July 17, 2012 ; Retrieved January 2, 2013 .
  4. Rhaason Mitchell: Solo-Zombie Screams from the Bowels of Hell. In: iowastatedaily.com. September 9, 1998, accessed January 2, 2013 .
  5. Anthony Decurtis: Snoop Dogg: Da Game is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told. In: rollingstone.com. October 14, 1998, archived from the original on November 18, 2007 ; Retrieved January 2, 2013 .
  6. a b c d e Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US
  7. ^ RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database. RIAA, accessed on January 2, 2013 (keyword: Snoop Dogg).