Snoop Dogg Releases Single "Vato"
Vato is the first single by Snoop Dogg from his album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment.
The song features B-Real and was produced by The Neptunes. The word "Vato" is Chicano slang for "homie". The original single had Pharell singing the hook, but he was replaced by B-Real for the video form, who is of Mexican and Cuban ancestry. The music video for Vato premiered on BET on August 30, 2006. Pharrell Williams said the rapper's newest music video 'Vato' will not only feature his gangsta side, but will also tackle the issue of racial conflict in Los Angeles between African-Americans and Hispanics and call for racial unity. It is directed by Philipp G. Atwell and featured Chicano rapper Frost as well as Oscar-Nominee Edward James Olmos. An animated video also premiered on snoopdogg.com in September. The final version of "Vato" contains an intro with Snoop Dogg saying "Man don't you know that I'm loco?" and also some shoutouts from Julio G.