Sup is Snoopy
Who is this?
Hold on, I think he went to see Tracey at the studio."..
Snoop! snooooop SNOOP, the phone!"
He's coming, hold on.
up.. *the Snoop voice*
Sup nigga, where you been at?
running this web shit and thang. I peeped that new video on BET
today, and said let me check up on Snoop Diggy for really, ya
feel me. Hah. I called your cell when you came to HOT 97 last
Oh yeah, I threw that shit out playa. I gotta give you my new
number, niggas be snatching my number up like they the feds. Calling
the phone like little bitches, dialing and hanging up and shit..
this ain't junior high muthafuckas... You got a pen? Write this
I'll keep the shit on lock .. Yo, I saw Junebug in XXL last month,
he think he a star now?
That nigga done picked up on a little dance and he think he a
mackin ass muthafucka now; grabbing these young hoes left and
right, they gonna wear that nigga out. We went to this show down
in Miami and I caught his old ass in the hotel room with two hoes
I seen tricking backstage. His old, shriveled up, raisin-body,
ass, ain't gonna do nuthin with them hoes... A nigga was blazed
and shit, I had to chase that nigga out my room.
got the shuffle working like that?
He think he pimpin like me nigga. I'm teaching game to the old
muthafuckas too, you know how I dizzle my nizzle.
up with Hov and that Izzo shit, did you approve that?
Jay was hanging out with me and Tray and he heard us dripping
and just soaked it up for yall niggas out there. That's a business
move. We getting money together, so it ain't no love lost; I ain't
tripping on the little shit no more homie. A nigga wanna ride
to some of this West Coast shit, I'm stepping aside like, go ahead,
but the OG macka don of this muthafucka is always gonna be the
Snoop Dizzle, ya smell me my nelsie.. Ain't no time for that bitch
shit. Anyway it's E and them that should be getting hot. That
nigga 40 been spittin the slangles since like 88'.. shit, ever
since I known him.. them Bay niggas been spittin the language
for a minute, it's just comin full circle right now.
at you yet?
Nah.. I heard he was talking about niggaz having to learn about
loyalty.. he just talking shit, he know this ain't 92'. He ain't
gonna get away with the shit he used to do before, strong arming
and shit. Some of these niggas is tripping out here, but you ain't
gonna see no sweat on my forehead.
the name of Death Row to Tha Row too, sup with that? Like it makes
*singing* "Dogg.. Houssse! In his mouuuth" ...I'm all
about Tray Dee and G Loc right now.. Eastsidaz. We smashin them
in the street homie. Fuck Death Row, Tha Row, it don't matter..
We running this side right now. What's that Jay-Z shit? *starts
rapping in the Snoop voice* "He's not real to me, so he don't
exist .. poof, vamoose .. son of a Beaaatchhhh."
I read some
shit.. he was talking about turning shit into the wild wild west
Chris. I'm not worried about Suge. Everything I've done regarding
Death Row's situation has been out of me being a man, doing what
I had to do to feed my babies, to feed myself. Death Row wasn't
and couldn't do nothing for me after Suge got locked up. And then
all the feds started running around, stories in the press, niggas
was stressed out over there, so I left and did what I had to do.
They wasn't letting a nigga go free and clear, so I had to bring
in the lawyers and speak on some indecencies regarding my money.
That's just what had to happen. If he don't respect me as a man
that had to handle his business, then he got the problem. Fuck
I'm past all
that. I'm talking real playa shit, nephew. Me and these niggas
from the LBC is in straight C mode: cash and crip love. We pushing
it across the board to get a piece of this American pie, get this
paper, ain't nobody's hands in my pockets no more.
you left P and them (No Limit)?
I didn't officially sign off yet, but I'm a free agent. I had
a three album deal with them and The Last Meal was that third
one, so I'm free to do what I want to do now. You heard me telling
people about The last Meal, wasn't nobody gonna eat off my back
no more. I'm drawing up the contracts now. CEO. You seen my suits
nigga (ha, ha) I'm a muthfuckin Pimp!
You got them
didn't send the shit?
The publicist was supposed to send you five of them last month.
I'll tell Tracey to send you some. I want you to bump that shit
in them NY streets, let them hustlers feel that real gangsta shit.
The word is
all ready spreading.. I probaly didn't get the CD's cause these
ghetto ass NY post office niggaz be leaving shit outside your
door, then niggaz come by on some scrape up shit. But I went to
BMG to see Puff last week, and he had a stack of them in his office,
so I copped a few.
You need to
play that Hi-Tek track.. We dropping that izzle for rizzle my
nizzle... seven dizzles for rizzle big pow wiggles up in the hizzle
for shizzle, dizzle.. here we go *starts rapping* I jump up in
the morning trying to find some sess/ sike/ we like the bomb/
some/ body better ring the alarm/ and hit the folks at the farm/
let my homies out the yard/ i /shall/ be the head nigga in charge/
push/ bush/ out of off us/ dump till they get off us/ make them
offers/ that leave ni/ggaz in coffins... *pause*
(fuck is he doing, eating?) continues..
left the muthafuckin gate open?/ police comin/ and we still smokin/
what you drinking on loky loky?/ doggy woggy woggy got it funky
while we talkin on the walke talkie.."
muthafuckin "Eastside Ridas" shit, track three... That's
the one I want you to bump.
You know I
got that. Yo, you know I'm gonna use this in my interview section
What, for the whudat shit?
No problem .. just don't forget to link up my site.
I didn't know
you had one.
This is the 21st century ain't it? Wait a minute.. .. "Keisha,
what's the name of the site J Dee and them hooked up?.. ."
I don't be on the computer like that C.. "Yeah the one for
Tray and them.. He didn't finish it? So what's the record company
site? tvtrecords.com " Yeah, they still fucking with the
other shit, but the record company site is tvtrecords.com.
got up there?
I don't even care loc, as long as you can click and type in that
VISA number.. that's my main concern. I'm gettin money from all
angles right now. I got the Baby Boy check, the porn shit is coming
in on a regular basis...
up with that porno thing?
I ain't even in them like that, even though I know these hoes
want me to break em off, I'm not even fucking with them like that.
It's the rules of the game, you don't mix the pussy and the pimpin.
I'm standing back like the ghetto Steven Spielberg, coordinating
shit, making sure the asses is looking delicious, making sure
they don't waste my muthafuckin film with no tired shit. Sometimes
them hoes think it's a muthafuckin video shoot or something cause
we got that gangsta shit playing in the background.. I did some
new shit for the soundtrack and it's some classics on there; so
it's smoked out like a muthafucka. But I had to let them hoes
know this ain't a game. I want to see balls licked, pussies ate,
and some muthafuckin booties bouncing, please believe.. We keeping
it raw and rough.
name of the movie?
Doggystyle, kept it real simple. Throw in them name brand hoes:
Obsession, India, Anna Malle, Farrah.. Charlie Angel. It's official
shit, on DVD and all that. If them Hollywood cats wasn't so clean,
I'd put it in a muthafuckin cineplex.
putting this in the interview, let people know about the new sneaker
I got coming out in November with DaDa called the Thizzle. I'm
helping out with the design, so you know it's gonna be tight as
a muthafucka. Just something to add on.. the Snoop Dogg Clothing
Line is popping off too.. it's crazy right now.
Snoop, hold on.. This is it, Snoop. I got that Sunshine chick
on the line.
Who, Sunshine Anderson? Nigga you trying to hit that?
What did I
tell you the first day I saw her in that video.. "I'm trying
to come up on that."
Yeah, if she come see me, I'm gonna put her in my next movie.
Fuck you nigga.
Yeah, what's up?
Who was you talking to?
Bear in the new Starsky and Hutch
influential were the ‘70s to you?
To me, the ‘70s were very inspirational and very influential
to me, with my whole persona as Snoop Dogg, as a person, as a
rapper. I just love the ‘70s style, the way all the players
dressed nice, kept their hair looking good, drove sharp cars and
they talked real slick.
you when you were growing up?
Oh, definitely Richard Pryor. Musically, I like Bootsy Collins,
George Clinton. In sports, I like Magic Johnson, Muhammed Ali.
All those guys were inspirational and influential to me as a kid.
relate to Huggy Bear?
Yeah yeah, that’s me, baby. Huggy is me, ya’ dig?
Did you get
into wearing the clothes?
I loved that mink coat, with all the flavors on it, like a rainbow.
I loved that coat.
Did you keep
any of them?
I kept a lot of the outfits, a lot of the jewelry. They was real
cool with me on the set, because they felt, you know, that was
a part of me. I was Huggy, so if I wanted to it, I should get
it. I continue to bring Huggy to life.
you let Vince Vaughn smack you around?
Now that was hard, because he slapped the sh*t of me on one scene.
Did you hit
him back after the take was done?
No, I was about to, but I stayed in character. I didn’t
know the director had pulled him to the side and told him, “Yeah,
slap him on this one.” It caught me off guard. They were
like, “Oh, it was great! It came off, you should have seen
the look on your face!” I said, “Yeah, I was about
to beat his ass.”
Was it hard
to keep a straight face around Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson?
That’s the fun part of it, to be able to compete with them,
to be able to throw things off of them and to catch what they’re
throwing at you. So I think I did well with everybody I was on
screen with. I had the most fun working with Fred Williamson even
though we didn’t have a real healthy scene, but he was somebody
who I grew up loving everything he did as a kid. That’s
the Hammer, that’s Black Caesar, and just being able to
have a line with him was true for me.
a natural extension of your music?
Yeah, I think through my videos I’ve always tried to show
a little piece of acting, in every video I’ve been a part
of. But they only give us four minutes for videos, so that’s
what really made me want to step into the movie world, because
I wasn’t able to breathe like I want to breathe on the video
side like I am on the movie side. So hopefully everybody will
be more interested in the next couple of projects I have coming
out, and they will enjoy this one.
Why do rappers
make better actors that rock stars?
I don’t know. Probably because we take more craft, more
art, more time on our craft. Once a rapper gets respect as an
actor, it’s his job to step all the way up and want to be
the best, because in the rap world, it’s so competitive.
So anything that we do we strive to be the best, so that’s
why it’s cool for us to take those knocks and bruises and
bumps. “Well, why are these rappers getting all of these
roles?” It’s because the rappers deserve these roles,
because when they pull them off and the movies make money, Hollywood’s
happy, and the rapper becomes an actor now.
Did you ever
meet original Huggy Bear?
I worked with him before on one of my videos in the past, “Doggy
Dogg World,” 1993 off my “Doggystyle” record.
But I didn’t get to talk to him or work with him on this
movie. I don’t know why, but it just didn’t happen.
For the most part, I feel like I did him justice by playing Huggy
and bringing a little bit more flavor and just doing what Huggy
did for me as a kid, hopefully he’ll do for kids today.
I think if the Huggy in the seventies had more room like I had
more room, I think he would have done it like I did it. I think
that back then, television wasn’t ready for what I’m
bringing on the big screen, and that Huggy Bear gave me the vision
to want to be this Huggy Bear, to bring him off with a space-age
What was the
To be a cool dude in the movie, because I’m usually the
bad guy or I get killed in the movie, but this is a movie where
I think the audience is going to be loving it, and rooting for
Huggy and wanting to see more of him.
Do you think
perceptions of you will change as a result of you doing this movie?
I don’t know. I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I don’t
know. Maybe after I see it I can voice the opinion.
How has your
relationship with Todd Phillips changed since Old School?
Oh, we’re real cool. That’s my main man, you know.
I’m just honored to be a part of this picture he decided
to do, and I know that we’re going to work together again
in the future. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long haul.
On Old School, I was not an actor. I was Snoop Dogg, so I came
to the set with a whole different vibe, and a different crew of
people. And on Starsky & Hutch, I was more of an actor. I
wasn’t Snoop Dogg, the rapper.
be your ideal movie role?
I don’t know. I just want to play in good movies with good
directors, and I want to step up and get bigger and better. I
don’t want this to be as far as I can go. I want to go further
I’ve got to make one more record that solidifies my career.
plans with the TV show?
Right now we have not made plans to film any more episodes. I
liked the six that I did, I thought I did real good, I just want
to end it on that note. I don’t want to try to reduplicate
it, because there’s so many reality shows out right now
that I want to be different. When I was doing it, it was like
it was just me, and me. Now it’s everybody.
What are you
I’m in the process of working on this 213 record. That’s
me, Warren G and Nate Dogg, that should be out late April or early
May, and I’m also developing a couple of scripts, and looking
at a couple of scripts that have been offered to me too.
Do you have
ambitions to write or direct?
Definitely want to do everything that’s possible. I want
to write, direct, produce, but in steps. I want to take steps.
I don’t want to just jump in because I sold a lot of records
and just feel like I can jump into the movie world. I want to
learn the movie world like I learned the music world.
Who do you
play in Soul Plane?
Captain Mack, the pilot of NWA, the first black airline.
What do you
do in the movie?
I fly the plane.
to make the G stand for good?
DIMITRI EHRLICH: You made a big change when you left Death Row
Records for No Limit. The names of the two labels seem to say
a lot: Death Row means you're waiting to be executed and No Limit
means anything's possible. Has there been any accompanying attitude
shift in your life?
I think it's a matter of getting more maturity. As I got older
and wiser in this rap game, I wanted to see myself prospering
and maturing. I wanted to live.
DE: Are you
saying that when you were younger you weren't sure you wanted
SD: I'm saying
I didn't have much to live for. Now I've got a wife and kids,
and that gives me inspiration to change my attitude, my demeanor,
my whole way of living.
you signed to No Limit you moved to Baton Rouge for a while, and
now you're back in California. What's the biggest difference for
you between life in California and Louisiana?
SD: I'm more
depended upon in California - like a thousand people need me every
day. So it is more or less like a presidency on the West Coast,
and in Baton Rouge I'm like a soldier.
DE: Did you
feel socially isolated in Baton Rouge?
SD: No, I'm
not isolated because in Baton Rouge they're happy to have Snoop
Dogg in their community; it's like, "We welcome you and we're
loving you here." In California, it's like, "We can't
get by without you."
DE: Have you
given lobe to a lot of people since you've become successful?
SD: That comes
with the territory. You pick up more dependents when you become
successful. That's how we do it in the black community; we give
back to the people who made us who we are. We never forget that.
DE: Why did
you change your name? It used to be Snoop Doggy Dogg and now you're
just Snoop Dogg. Are you no longer into doing it Doggy Style?
SD: I'm no
longer into getting done Doggy Style.
why you changed it?
DE: What was
your childhood like?
stuff: football, basketball, church, music - rap wasn't available
at the time, it was just R&B and gospel. That's what it was
about growing up - friends, family, and having a good time.
DE: You sang
with the youth choir In church, you studied the Bible, and you
took piano lessons. I think of you as being a mack, but it sounds
like you're a recovering nerd. Did you have a conservative upbringing?
my mama raised me and my two brothers with no father in the home.
She presented the church and all the good things in life to us.
She showed me everything except how to be a man. It's very hard
for a woman to raise a man without a father in the home, but I
can't say anything bad about how she brought us up. And if I have
the right perspective today, I give my mama credit for that.
you got involved with drugs and gangs, people were literally driving
by and shooting into your house, and your mother eventually moved
out and didn't hear from you for a few years. Why did you put
your more through all that if you love her?
when you're selling dope you're not thinking about your mama or
about people shooting at you, you're just thinking about getting
your money. I didn't try to put my mama in danger, but when you're
in the game of wrong, wrong comes back to you. So I decided to
disassociate myself from the wrong lifestyle and create a positive
atmosphere through rapping. And no longer does my mama feel threatened.
That was an atmosphere I created that I'm not proud of, but it
was something I went through.
one of the few artists - If not the only one - on Master P's label
who's brought in outside producers. Did you expect to have a struggle
with him about that?
SD: No, that's
why Master P signed me: He realized Snoop Dogg was a superstar
before he came to No Limit. I need to be in an environment where
I can be free to use my power and my connections. That's what
I do best. I connect, I politic, I work with people you don't
expect me to work with, but they're the best for the music at
the time. And that just shows how Master P is a brilliant businessman.
I want to give him a big shout out for allowing me to do what
I do best.
DE: Some people
are surprised that you had DJ Quik produce some tracks, because
he was believed to be affiliated with the Bloods, and you were
but we're grown men, and we don't care what the political side
is or what the 'hood thinks. We are leaders, so whatever we say
goes. We make the difference in the 'hood. We have to forgive
and forget and show people that we're about change.
DE: You wrote
a song in memory of Tupac and Biggie Smalls - both of whom were
shot to death - called "Count Your Blessings." Writing
for Tupac doesn't surprise me because you were labelmates and
friends. But there was a highly public rivalry between him and
Big. What was your relationship with Big? Were you guys friendly?
I was cool with him. I mean, I have respect for the rap game in
general. I don't have any personal vendettas. My association with
Death Row made people think I didn't like certain individuals,
when I didn't have problems with anybody. My thing was to make
good music and that's what it was all about.
DE: Suge Knight
has a reputation for intimidating people. Did he ever intimidate
SD: No. I
have nothing bad to say about him; it was all good times. And
everything we did was between us - it's not to be discussed amongst
DE: So you're
not bothered that his label has a new rapper named Topp Dogg?
Or that Death Row recently released a record called Chronic 2000,
since your big break came when you rapped on Dr. Dre's album The
SD: That doesn't
bother me. I'm about making money and being positive. I'm not
with that bullshit, I'm with the real.
DE: Do you
ever regret recording songs with lyrics that are insulting to
women, like "I got no love for you hos"? I assume that
you actually love some women in your life.
SD: I don't
regret anything I've ever said or done. Everything is done for
a reason - I'm just a child of God doing what He wants me to do.
I say what I say, but before I was here it was being said, and
when I leave it is going to continue to be said, so don't blame
me, don't hate me, hate the game.
DE: You were
on the 1997 Lollapalooza tour, right? Somehow I can't picture
you and Perry Farrell in the same room.
Lee is my best friend right about now. Me and him are real cool,
so imagine that. He's heavy metal - now that's someone you really
wouldn't expect me to be with.
DE: Are you
guys going to do some music together?
done some together. I'm about bringing change, trying to bridge
the gap between white and black, rock and rap.
always identified yourself with the pimp image. How has that changed
as you've gotten older?
SD: It was
just infatuation. You watch enough pimp movies, you want to be
like that. It was the way they conducted themselves around the
police and around women, the way they handled themselves in general,
that made me want to take certain elements of their game to enhance
DE: In the
liner notes for your new album you take a stand against prejudice,
which I thought was great. A lot of rappers come out and say,
"I'm for my people," but they don't really come out
and say, "I'm against racism."
SD: My people
is everybody, not just black people. My people are people who
enjoy what I do. You know, I grew up with white friends, Mexican
friends, Asian friends. My mama taught us to love and respect
people who respect themselves, and that's how I bring it. That's
just my character.
the most important difference between Calvin Broadus and Snoop
Dogg is a people person. He's there for the whole world. Calvin
Broadus is more family-oriented. He's there for his wife, mama,
brothers, grandmamas - that's who Calvin Broadus is.
do you think hip-hop is going?
SD: I'm thinking
it'll mix with country music.
because rap is a part of every musical element except country,
that's the last piece. Once the country music world welcomes it
in, it will be the biggest shit in the world. That's the only
thing we're waiting on, that last piece of respect.
DE: Have you
thought about doing a collaboration with a country artist?
I'm down with that. I'm about making music that's hot.
DE: Who would
you want to work with?
the hottest? Garth Brooks, whoever.
and Garth kicking It.
it's nothing but a G thing.
DE: G as in
a gangsta thing or a Garth thing?