(Showbox Sodo) What must not be forgotten is that Snoop Dogg (who recently changed his name to Snoop Lion—he has taken an interest in Rastafarianism) names Slick Rick as the rapper he owes a deep debt to. And in the way you can clearly hear Louis Armstrong in early Billie Holiday records, you can hear Slick Rick (The Ruler) in Snoop Dogg's first solo album, Doggystyle (indeed, on the track "Lodi Dodi," he simply celebrates this influence). But exactly what did LA's Dogg get from NYC's London-born Slick? Not skills (Rick was no Rakim), but a commitment to style. With Dogg, it's not what he says, but almost entirely how he says things. With Jarv Dee and ILLFIGHTYOU.