Mike has been a licensed Private Investigator since 1981. He has personally conducted over 50,000 skiptrace assignments. Based on his need to inexpensively and quickly locate people, Mike was one of the first to make public records available on CD-ROM. In 1991 he formed Merlin Information Services for the purpose of distributing public records on CD-ROM to collection agencies and investigators. This new access to low-cost data, searchable in ways never before possible, revolutionized how collection agencies and investigators did skiptracing. In 1997, Merlin expanded to offering national databases on the Internet.
This album featured a distinct change of style as compared to Doggystyle , and the leadoff single, " Snoop's Upside Ya Head ", featured a collaboration with Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson. While the album sold reasonably well, it was not as successful as its predecessor. However, Tha Doggfather had a somewhat softer approach to the G-funk style. The immediate aftermath of Dr. Dre's withdrawal from Death Row Records, realizing that he was subject to an iron-clad time-based contract (., that Death Row practically owned anything he produced for a number of years), Snoop Dogg refused to produce any more tracks for Suge Knight , other than the insulting "Fuck Death Row", until his contract expired.  In an interview with Neil Strauss in 1998, Snoop Dogg stated that though he had been given lavish gifts by his former label they had withheld royalty payments to the artist.