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Snoop Speaks on Nas, Em, Ja Rule, 50 and more Posted on 06-04-2004
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With a successful career spanning well over ten years in the game, Snoop Doggy Dogg has more than paid the cost to be the boss. The Boss ainít just selling woof tickets, heís sounding off about the state of Hip-Hop and who and what needs to be eliminated for the perpetuation of the movement. He holds no bones about it as he speaks in an overly candid manner about Suge Knight, Pac, Nas, Ja Rule, Dr. Dre and even resurfaces some coastal criticism. AllHipHop.com caught up with the D-O double G as he was stepping out of the booth at LAís Record Plant recording studio. With a preacherís fervor and a gangsterís lament, get a glimpse of Snoopís in-depth commentary towards the issues that everybody wonders about. AllHipHop.com: When youíre in the booth you look like your having a ball, do you imagine youíre on stage performing? Snoop: (Nods head) When I listen to it back in my headphones that s**t be sounding good as a mah-f**ka. It make a n***a feel like he listeniní to Sam Cooke or something. AllHipHop.com: Your style is sounding soulful even for Hip-Hop. How would you say itís changed since the beginning of your career? Snoop: I think Iím more melodic, more instrumental, more musical. Going back to my background from the church. AllHipHop.com: Youíre in that booth like your trying to bring the West back or something, Whatís that all about? Snoop: I got to. AllHipHop.com: All Iím saying is what took you so long? Snoop: Thatís because I donítí get no help. Dr. Dre is the Godfather. But remember, I was an under boss. I came up under Dr. Dre, 'til I crept up to the top and moved away and did my thang. See what Iím sayin? He ainít about helping the West and that ainít no disrespect. Eminem ainít from the West, 50 Cent ainít from the West. Do I need to say more? AllHipHop.com: Who all have you helped in the West? Snoop: Tha Eastsidaz, Doggyís Angels, Everybody that come out the West come f**k with me, Suga Free all of em. They get on my s**t and I help to get them exposure. If I donít do it ainít nobody else gonna do it. Look at all my records even when I was on No Limit. I always brought n***as with me, like come on 'cuz, come get on this. Even the girls, I put the first West coast girl group in the game, three females. And that wasnít easy to do because they didnít even get along, so imagine that. AllHipHop.com: I know we get it on the West but what is it about Snoop that makes him so universal? Snoop: I think people understand me, me as a person and what I went through because I kept it on the plate. I never hid nothing. I was never in the closet. I smoked dope, I gang banged, I did this, I did that; whatever I did it was always out. It was never like, "I didnít know Snoop smoked weed. I didnít know he did all kinds of stuff." When you real with the people they give you that back. And I always opened myself up to them and shared that with 'em. I always gave it up uncut even when I first got with Dre I was like, "Cuzz when Iím writing for you Iímma write the realest s**t I can think of. Sometimes I might be involved in it sometimes I might not." But when he gave me the right to do it, I just been on ever since like, "F**k it." I gotta be open and real with people because when you lie and fake then when they find out, they hate you. AllHipHop.com: Speaking of gangbanging, you know itís the 10-year anniversary of the Crips and Bloods gang truce signing in Los Angeles? Snoop: Yes, I was a part of it. AllHipHop.com: How do you feel about it now? Snoop: I think it set a mark. It put in everybodyís head that itís time to make a change. I donít think itís as strong as it was 10 years ago, but itís effective. You have more respect now. By that day happening it taught us respect. It taught us how to see a Blood and say, "Whatís up homie?" and not just come at him like, "What up Cuzz?" Now our delivery and our lingo is more respectful. If 13 Crips see 5 Bloods they not just automatically gonna try to f**k em up, they gonna give 'em the respect of the fact that that day happened 10 years ago. Itís just real like that because I know I f**k with more Bloods now, but before the peace treaty - none. AllHipHop.com: New York factions are supposed to be incorporating the truce as well. Snoop: Them n***as out there are fake. Weíre at a club in New York last week and they put on that Lil Flip song that goes, "Flip, Flip, Flip" and by the end of the song I had the whole club yellin, "Crip, Crip,Crip!" Even the red rags. I bulls**t you not. AllHipHop.com: Why doesn't West coast Hip-Hop get the acclaim that it should? Snoop: It's easy to steal from a West coast n***a. Look at the East right now, they stealin all our music, all our words, and our lingo. They gangstaís now, they wearing Chuck's now, they wearin braids now, they saggin' now. Everything we was doin ten years ago, they doing now. But when it comes to us getting play they hide us and take our s**t. We are easily infiltrated because we're not unified. If we was unified it wouldn't happen. If we had a n***a's coalition out here on the West coast any n***a that violated or took our s**t we'd f**them n*gas up or get at 'm quickly. But since it's so unorganized, n***as don't mind, they just like they ain't takin' my s**t so whatever. I'm the only n***a that really go out to New York like that. And the last time I was there I had to check the radio station and I told them, "Hot 97 ain't sh*t 'cause they don't play no motherf**kin West coast music, so f**k them!" The only way I got played was when I was with Dr. Dre but as a solo artist yíall don't play my s**t? You don't play the Eastsidaz, you don't play my people's s**t? But every mahf**ka from the East gets play on Power 106 and the Beat, even that wack ass Ja-Rule and Bobby Brown [joint]! All that bulls**t yíall put out we accepted it, we played if for yíall we gave yíall n***as a shot. If you donít give us an opportunity to be played or heard then you just taking our s**t and stealing, it but n***as from the West don't know that because it's a dream for a n***a to go to the East coast. The average n***a from [Los Angeles] can't just go to [New York] and hold his own as a rapper, but now you see these young n***aís like Game and the young homies thatís rappiní coming out rippin' them n***as up and what happens? The East snatches 'em up and says come on over here because the West coast n***aís ainít strong enough to put [him] in the game. Dre had him but Dre didn't do nothin' with him. AllHipHop.com: How do we change that? Snoop: We start a coalition. And we get rid of Suge Knight No. 1 (snaps his fingers) for good, because that's a bump in the road and when you got a negative bump in the road it makes it hard. When he gets [released from prison] n***aís get scared to go places and n***as get timid, instead of us being on a peaceful musical movement. If Death Row was dope, n***a you wouldnít have to be on that negative s**t. Make good music and that keeps you alive not hating on n***as destroying a motherfu**as reputation and tryin' to bring a n***a down. Try to bring a n***a up because the n***a you bringing down is like, "Damn why this n***a trying to bring me down and he tied into people you donít even know?" And while you hatin' on him you donít realize that everybody that loves him, hates you. But the way I looked at it a long time ago, my fans are my fans. Say "F**k Snoop" around one of my fans, see what they do. AllHipHop.com: Yeah, Snoop fans are like Laker fans, they carry knives. Snoop: It donít matter Laker fans, Raider fans, whoever your n***a is, you ride with 'em to the fullest. If a n***a disrespect your peoples, you feel disrespected. This is my homie Half Dead right here, a n***a canít say nothing foul about Snoop Dog in front of him. In jail, on the street, no matter where he at. I donít give a f**k if we ainít cool, a n***a canít say nothing foul around him, thatís just how the game is bred and I feel like that too. Like Dr. Dre, I doní t let n***as talk bad about Dr. Dre. I can talk bad about him but yíall canít. Lilí Half Dead: And the cold part about it is, I wouldnít let nobody talk bad about [Dre] just cause he [Snoop] love him. Snoop: Betta not! AllHipHop.com: Not to open a sore wound, but what was it that made you and Pac fall out? Snoop: We was in New York before Pac got killed at the MTV Awards and Angie Martinez had got at me in the park because Pac had just confronted Nas. Nas had about 50 n***as with him and Pac had about 30 n***as with him and Pac checked him, punked him in Central Park, I mean straight punked him. He went up to the n***a and told him, "N***a, look n***a." Nas said, "Hey Pac, I ainít got no problem with you man, I love your music." So Pac said, "Well look n***a, if you ainít got a problem with me, I got a record comin out where I diss you, Biggie, Jay-Z and whop whop whoop, and n***a if it ainít no love lost, n***a donít make no reply record, n***a and I wont come back at you no more." And it went down just like that, I was right there. I wasnít in the circle I was outside the circle looking right [in], so Pac is standing where you at, and he looking at me while he talking to [Nas], and Iím right behind Nas about four steps away. Snoop: I got about fifteen n***as with me but we not trippin' we just watching, but Pac punkin a n***a broke him all the way down. So after that Angie Martinez get at me and she say, "Snoop I donít see you in the middle of all that and I say Iím not a part of that so she says would you come to the station and speak on it?" I donít have a problem with that, so I go to the station and about thirty minutes into the interview [she] says, "So how do you feel about Biggie and Puff?" "Oh them my n***as, I love them n***aís they make good music." And that did it. That one comment did it. They felt like I betrayed n***aís and me and Pac ainít said another word after that. He sent his little homeboy to my room when I got back to the hotel talking bout, "Pac said give him five blunts homie." I said, "N*igga send Pac up here so I give the n***a one blunt." So [Pac] call me on the phone and say, "Hey Dogg, send me some more weed down here I got some b**ches down here." So Iím like, "Aight homie so I give him some more weed. So we riding back on the plane and them n***as donít say one word to me. They donít even let my security ride with me on a private plane. They tell my security you canít ride, so itís just me and all them n***aís and nobody says one word to me. We land and I got my Rolls Royce pickin me up and he got his pickin him up and I say, "Yo Pac you goin to Vegas?" and he just give me this real stank ass look and donít say nothing, thatís it. Snoop: So Iím at Warren Gís house and my pager starts blowing up talking bout turn on the news. We turn on the news see yellow tape and Sugeís [BMW], we hear the words so I call Suge like, "What up yíall alright?" He like, "Yeah I got shot in the head, Pac moving he alright." So I hop in the car me my Uncle, Marcus, and Kenny we rolled down to Suge's house in my Hummer. When we get there everybody all sad looking, so they let us slip in the back room. But the way [Suge] actin he ainít actin like a n***a that just got shot. He got a cigar in his mouth he like, "Yeah Doggy Dogg that n***a Pac crazy man when that mutha fu**a start shooting he said jump in the back seat and and try to hop over the seat and Iím pulling him down so he wouldnít get shot." So Iím listening to [Suge] talk right and his whole attitude just ainít like a n***a thatís supposed to be hurt right now, heís more happy and s**t and Iím just like cool aight. So me and my uncle we looking at each other like, "Damn that s**t donít seem right." So the next day we go to the hospital and Pac ainít movin or nothing. His mama [Afeni Shakur] in there, Jesse Jackson in there. His mama grabbed me because I just break down. Iím just crying, I think I threw up, I fainted, all kinda s**t! That s**t was crazy for me because that was my n***a, and for it to end all over some crazy s**t that was crazy. Snoop: So I fell out, [Afeni] grab me took me to the bathroom, cleaned a n***a up. [She] stood me outside and she was just being so real with a n***a. She said, "Pac loves you and she was just running down some real s**t," and Iím just like damn I canít believe sheís being so strong right now. The next time I seen her, my mama went to Atlanta to do something for her for Mother's Day [Benefit] and she told me some real s**t. I ainít gonna share it, but it was real some real heavy s**t, so I always look out for his mama cause I know how much he loved his mama. All these other n***as that be stealin from him and using him on songs and all that, them n***as is fake especially all these n***as he dissed and checked. Thatís fake sh*t to me. If a n***a diss me and a n***a dead, I can't take his vocals and do a record with him like we was cool. Thatís hoe sh*t to me 'cause if the n***a was here, heíd be driving your ass in the turf right now. Ja rule wouldnít even exist right now and thatís real s**t. Snoop: DMX wouldíve made it because he was like a substitute for a Pac once Pac was dead he was the closest thing to him. N***as could relate to DMX he was that hard n***a that was like, "F**k it." So n***as could relate, but Ja Rule definitely wouldnít be in the game. Oh but he ain't in the game now anyway. 50 Cent shut him down. (Laughter) I told you about trying to hit the boss n***a, you said something about me and I didnít say nothing back to you, I told Irv Gotti I was gonna give yíall a pass, I ainít gonna f**k with yíall. I know [Irv] was mad [that] Daz checked y'all n***as and y'all wanna shoot a shot at me instead of getting at Daz, but itís cool though you canít knock a boss off. Iím on top, Iím here to stay this is where Iím supposed to be I earned this position ainít nobody give this to me. AllHipHop.com: How many different sides are there to Snoop? Snoop: Thereís a couple of sides. Iíve been through a whole lot. A whole lot. And it needs to be expressed because at the same time Iím still that cool n***a that sit in the corner. But sometimes I gotta come out of the shell because if I donít say nothing, who else gonna say something? Iím the movement right now, Iím the voice for a lot of muh fu**as who canít speak. But when I speak sometimes it ainít my voice itís they voice. Itís just they cant be heard and they canít say what I can say so I just say it for them.
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replied on 06-04-2004 12:06PM [Reply]
I was feeling that interview, I read it from start to finish. I've always liked Snoop but he will never top his first album. It was good to hear him talk on the state of hip hop which I think more rappers need to do. He was right when he said the West was not unified. The West saw it's downfall when Dre and Snoop left Death Row and when Tupac was killed. They have never recovered from that. I agree with his whole attitude towards Suge Knight, I can't stand the guy. Personally, I think he had Pac and Big set up to be killed. That is just my opinion. I can go on and on about that conspiracy. But that is some real stuff he said about Pac mama. One thing I can say about Snoop, he always had love for Pac even when they were going through they drama at the end of Pac's life. I got mad respect for Snoop Dogg.
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replied on 06-04-2004 12:56PM [Reply]
i loved his first album!
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Soundcheck 1898 replied on 06-04-2004 01:34PM [Reply]
I respect Snoop because he is one real ass dude and is one of the few cats out there who has had longevity without completely reinventing himself. He said ALOT of heavy sh*t in that interview so i'm gonna have to take a moment to digest it all.
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Poody replied on 06-04-2004 07:11PM [Reply]
I always liked Snoop cuz he was so real but laid back. The only part I didn't like about that was when he said the east starting sagging after the west. Nicca how the funk you know. We been sagging and doin the same sheit. They had dem kaki's and chucks on lock though
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P o e t i q R e i g n from Greensboro, NC replied on 06-05-2004 08:23PM [Reply]

JTinsHU08 wrote:
I was feeling that interview, I read it from start to finish. I've always liked Snoop but he will never top his first album. It was good to hear him talk on the state of hip hop which I think more rappers need to do. He was right when he said the West was not unified. The West saw it's downfall when Dre and Snoop left Death Row and when Tupac was killed. They have never recovered from that. I agree with his whole attitude towards Suge Knight, I can't stand the guy. Personally, I think he had Pac and Big set up to be killed. That is just my opinion. I can go on and on about that conspiracy. But that is some real stuff he said about Pac mama. One thing I can say about Snoop, he always had love for Pac even when they were going through they drama at the end of Pac's life. I got mad respect for Snoop Dogg.
except the part about Suge havin' them killed, I agree with all of this... i do believe Suge might've had somethin ta do with either of 'em...but that isn't the only possibility i believe.... but yeah - i can't stand him either...he is what u call a tuh-RUE "HATER" 4real...
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King_J replied on 06-05-2004 10:27PM [Reply]
Well, it was an excellent article. I didn't like either how he was downing the East though, it is never good to knock a whole territory to me. But he was real and I liked it
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replied on 06-07-2004 03:59PM [Reply]
snoop is so real
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replied on 06-07-2004 05:02PM [Reply]
P o e t i q R e i g n wrote:
JTinsHU08 wrote:
I was feeling that interview, I read it from start to finish. I've always liked Snoop but he will never top his first album. It was good to hear him talk on the state of hip hop which I think more rappers need to do. He was right when he said the West was not unified. The West saw it's downfall when Dre and Snoop left Death Row and when Tupac was killed. They have never recovered from that. I agree with his whole attitude towards Suge Knight, I can't stand the guy. Personally, I think he had Pac and Big set up to be killed. That is just my opinion. I can go on and on about that conspiracy. But that is some real stuff he said about Pac mama. One thing I can say about Snoop, he always had love for Pac even when they were going through they drama at the end of Pac's life. I got mad respect for Snoop Dogg.
except the part about Suge havin' them killed, I agree with all of this... i do believe Suge might've had somethin ta do with either of 'em...but that isn't the only possibility i believe.... but yeah - i can't stand him either...he is what u call a tuh-RUE "HATER" 4real...
I can go on forever bout who killed Pac and Big, but the reason why I say Suge killed them is this... Pac was killed because from everything I read and heard Pac say towards the end of his life, he wanted do his own thing and form his own record label, Euphansia Records. And also, from people close to Pac always said that him and Suge would always argue and the only way Pac would shut up is if he was given money or a new car. And if Pac woulda left Death Row, he would have taken up to 50 million dollars with him in unreleased material. Plus everyone knows that Suge was withholding royalties from Pac. So what is the best way to keep making money off Pac and still keep him on a Death Row roster, thas right, KILL HIM. So that is why I think Suge had Pac killed. Not Suge pulling the trigger persay but setting it up. I can go more into it but not now. Biggie was killed basically to make it look like an East-West rivalry and a Pac-Biggie rivalry.
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