SNOOP DOGG (November
2006) | Interview By: Nima|
Dubcnn is the only media outlet that could do this, it is US release day for Bigg
Snoop Dogg yet he took time out to start another epic interview series with us.
It's been four months since we last brought you an exclusive, acclaimed interview
set with Snoop Dogg and he has much more to talk about now. With his latest album
release, The Blue Carpet Treatment, released today we discuss how he is feeling
about the album, the initial feedback from the streets, his mind-state in recording
the album and much more about recent developments and his current projects in
Part 1 of our exclusive interview.
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out to Snoop for allowing us once again to speak with him to provide you, our
readers, with another interview you have all been waiting for. As Snoop said last
Interview was done on November 21st 2006
Asked By: Nima
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Dubcnn: We are back in the building with the big boss dogg, Snoop Dogg, to
chop it up about his new album "Blue Carpet Treatment", as well as every
else that has been going on with you since we last hooked up in summer; How you
doing right now?
Just getting ready for this American Music Awards
performance tonight with my man Akon, we're going to knock that down since his
record is out, get a nice little visibility look on ABC so the whole world can
know it's out there! Then once I do that, I'm going to get back on the football
field cause my team-mates are in the superbowl, so I gotta coach them to the next
win, and then call the season a wrap! After I do that, I'll be able to go on tour
and do the whole Snoop Dogg thang.
Dubcnn: The last interview
we did together, the four part interview, made a lot of noise, I don't know if
you heard anything about it?
Yeah, I heard a lot of good feedback,
and I heard a little bit of negativity, but it wasn't never to a point where it
was going to cause some friction or something to happen. It was just everybody
had their opinion and views on what was said and how it was said, which is understandable,
but I wasn't trying to promote nothing but peace and nothing negative.
Dubcnn: I'd guess the main thing was the Crooked I situation, have you
had a chance to talk to him since then and put that thing to the side?
No no, I haven't been able to talk to him because I don't have no line on him,
and he ain't got no line on me, and I've been just doing my thug thang right now,
and I ain't really tripping off none of that kind of shit. Even though I ain't
tripping with him, I'm not looking for him, cause I'm not looking for him!
Dubcnn: We recently premiered your track "No Bacctraccin"
which was supposed to be on "Tha Last Meal" for the first time in full
quality. Have you heard that track lately? That was a monster, how the hell didn't
it make the album? We also have another track dropping "Mother Funk Christmas"
I ain't heard it yet! I mean I heard it when I did it, I
know it was dope when I made it!
Dubcnn: How the hell didn't
that make the album man?
It be like that! Every record I put out,
certain songs don't make the record, cause conceptually it's whatever the record
is about. I gotta think about what am I going for when I'm making a record, the
whole record. I ain't thinking about one song, I'm thinking about the concept
of the whole album.
Dubcnn: So you're saying "No Bacctraccin'"
didn't fit the concept?
Apparently it didn't, at the time we was
doing it! I can't think back to back then, but I'm pretty sure that's what it
was! I use that train of thought, everytime.
Dubcnn: Ok well
let's get to the new album. You're dropping on the same day as Jay-Z, a week away
from Game and Akon. Do you think that's going to lower sales, having all the heavy
hitters come in together?
I don't really focus on who's out there!
I just focus on me. I can't watch them and say "This is going to happen,
that's going to happen." I ain't tripping like that. If the shit is good,
muthafuckas is going to get it! So that's what I say. It's McDonalds, Jack In
The Box, In-N-Out and Burger King, and all them muthafuckas is making money. Get
whatever burger you like, nigga. You like the Big Mac, the Whopper, or the Double
Dubcnn: Tell us a little bit about your new book "Love
Don't Live Here Anymore".
That's a book that I had did based
on the relationship of a son and a mother, being torn between the mother having
to choose between her boyfriend and her son. That's the type of scenario that
happens a lot in the neighbourhood, so I wanted to address it. Cause it happened
to somebody close to me, and I wanted to speak on that. Go read the book!
Dubcnn: What about that movie you got? Is that like Bones Part 2?
The Hood Of Horror?
Oh no no, it ain't nothing like that. That's
completely different. This is on some Tales From The Hood kind of shit. Bones
was more conceptually about a player that got wrongfully done and came back to
get some revenge. This ain't nothing like that. But it was fly, it was for the
Halloween season, I enjoyed doing it!
Dubcnn: When I listen to
"The Blue Carpet Treatment", I had the feeling that something woke you
up, a fresh breathe of air in your voice, in your energy. Something about the
way you rap on the record sounds like you had a special motivation.
You know, when you know you're good, but people sometimes don't give you that
nod... Like I be watching TV a lot of times, and they always have Top 25 MC's
and the baddest rappers of all time, the hardest lyricist or what not, and they
always tend to forget about me or throw me at the bottom of the batch. Like I'm
a has-been or like my shit ain't like that. So I had to really flex my lyrical
muscle on this record, to show muthafuckas that I don't give a fuck who's coming
out on the date that I'm coming on, or who's out right now, young, old, it don't
When it comes to this rap shit, this is what I was born to do.
A lot of times I can make songs, because that's the mode I'm in. If I'm doing
a R&G record, that's a R&G record! That's basically a rap gangsta record,
but it's more rhythm and blues orientated. But doing this "Blue Carpet Treatment"
record, it's me going back to the elements of where I started, which is being
a straight MC, and just not giving a fuck about nothing but being the hardest
rapper in the world and not trying to make the best songs. Try to have the lyrics
that outstood everybody else, and then to the lyrics, the songs will come together.
That's how we did it on the Chronic. When I was working on that record, I was
trying to have the dopest lyrics in the world, and I think I did. But Dre knew
how to pull it together to make those lyrics become songs.
So it wouldn't
be just like a battle MC, but more like a clever MC, making tight ass songs with
a catchy ass hook. Then being in the game for so long, you learn that formula,
and that's what I kind of learned from Dre. Then I got my own system, how I do
mines, and my shit works like it works! That's why being away from Dre for 5 years,
I never missed a beat, I still won awards, still sold records, still was well
known, and still publicly accepted. But, after getting back with him, I'm hearing
that this is my best record that I've ever done!
Ever! That's what I'm hearing on the streets, but it's early. I don't
pay attention to it too soon, cause it's just catching niggas off guard cause
it's so healthy. It ain't one of them slim records, it's healthy.
Dubcnn: I think the difference between this one and a record like "Doggystyle",
is that "Doggystyle" was like 14 tracks, and it had the same sound,
it was like a book that you could read. This one is like 21 tracks, it's longer,
you have a lot of different styles mixed in it, so you can't really compare it
What you think about this record? Is it one dimensional? Or
Dubcnn: To me, when I listen to it, if I would
cut out three tracks, I would have a personal classic, for me. So, it might be
too long, but I think that you hadn't rapped this good in a long time. That's
why I was asking you about the motivation. That "Think About It" track,
I was like what kind of drugs did he take when he recorded that shit!
Muthafuckas don't be giving me my respect I need to have. I'm not a egoistical
muthafucka, I don't sit around going to award shows and being mad if I don't win,
saying fuck them niggas and bla bla this and that. I take my losses and keep it
moving. But at the same time, if I'm wrongfully done, I'm going to have to keep
proving myself. This ain't the first record where I really got lyrics! I listen
to my Doggfather record. I was lyrical than a muthafucka on that album! But nobody
focused on it cause Dre wasn't a part of it, Suge was in jail and Pac was dead.
So it's about timing you understand what I'm saying?
really going on that's blinding people right now, that's why it sounds so fresh
and brand new, cause it's Snoop Dogg. The nigga that everybody loves and he made
a record that everybody loves. Songs that's matching the way I'm feeling, not
songs about death and harm. Nah, I'm making songs about the way I'm feeling as
a person. Being a leader, being peaceful, being positive, being strong minded,
a hell of a songwriter, that can make songs with the best of the old school, new
school, Hip-Hop, R&B, and that's what it's doing.
Goldie Loc told me ya'll just did a video for Candy? Is that the third single?
That muthafucka is dope as fuck. It ain't no single, I had it out there
in the air and I wanted to do the video for it cause it's a West Coast love thang.
You ain't really seen Northern and Southern California come together and really
group up. This is the perfect way to do it.
Dubcnn: How is the
Dope as fuck. I got that muthafucka with me right now it's
dope as fuck.
Dubcnn: Is it going to be aired on TV? Or just
a DVD thing.
This is the official video, it's a real video, but what's
so crazy about it is that "That's That Shit" is about to blow so big,
to where it might conflict them as far as playing it. I know how they be acting
like they can't really play too many videos from one nigga at one time, unless
his name is muthafuckin' Great White Hope or King Of New York, you understand
what I'm saying? Other than that, they go hard on a nigga like me. I gotta try
to figure out a way to get this muthafucka out there.
What did you think when you heard the beat for "That's That Shit"?
I knew it was a hit record!
Dubcnn: You were like "Nottz
gimme that shit" huh?
Man he gave me a fuckin' hit record off
the top. He been giving me hit records. Hold on one second I need to meet at this
beautiful girl right here. Hold on one second.
bout that cuzz but that bitch was fine than a muthafucka.
It's all good.
I had to bless her with a CD. Now she got my CD, so
she's riding out and she's gonna say to herself she should've gave me her number
so I could have put some dick in her life, but instead I put some music in her
Dubcnn: *laughs* When you heard "That's That Shit",
you were like "I got my Drop It like It's Hot for this album" huh?
You know what? When I heard it, to me it wasn't really like "Drop
It Like It's Hot", it was like something completely different, because it
was like a different tune, a different mode, a different view of music. Cause
it wasn't like on no gangsta shit, it was more on some royal shit! And I was thinking
to myself, if I am the king, I need a song that's royal! That royal shit. "The
royal penis is clean" and *hums melody* It's cold, jack!
It's mainstream, but at the same time, it's so fly!
That's what I
try to do, I try to make that kind of music. They say I'm the king of that kind
of music. I'm the king of the anthem music, I'm the king of the cool music, and
I'm the king of the party music, so I tried to give you a little bit of that,
all in one! Cause when I did "Vato" I knew that was gonna throw muthafuckas
off a little bit. Cause it was hard, but at the same time it's not radio friendly,
it's not singing, what the fuck is Snoop doing? But at the same time, I knew what
my mission was, trying to bring peace and some understanding out here.
I wasn't tripping off radio play, and I knew that once radio heard it they wasn't
really gonna play it, but it was positive movement behind the song. The word is
out, and muthafuckas is moving to the grove, and I appreciate for muthafuckas
to give me the opportunity to say that, cause nobody had enough nuts to say that.
Niggas was acting like it wasn't happening, but now that I spoke on it, we can
go down history one day and say Snoop Dogg did try to speak up on that negative
bullshit that's going on, whether it did something about it or not.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where
we digest the album in full with Snoop, breaking it down track-by-track, talk
about the songs that didn't make the album and much more.
Snoop Dogg Interview
Part 2 (November 2006)
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Full Interview Audio Here