SNOOP DOGG [Part 2] (November
2006) | Interview By: Nima|
Dubcnn is the only media outlet that could do this, it was 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, we did something that no one else has ever
done; got Snoop to break down the album track by track to disucss how each one
came about and his feelings on the music and much more. Enjoyed Part 1? You'll
love this! Stay tuned for Part 3.
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Interview was done on November 21st 2006
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Dubcnn: If you're cool with it, I'd like to go through the new album track
by track, and give the fans an insight on how the songs came together.
Yeah, go ahead!
Dubcnn: Alright. Let's start it off with the
"Intrology", you got George Clinton back on there. How did you pick
the beat for the intro?
Well, I had the album starting with "Think
About It", that was the first song on my album, and I had an intro that I
had did before, but it was kind of slow and R&B'ish, and I was like "Man,
I need to find something that's super-gangsta!" Battlecat had given me this
track about like 9 months ago, and I never really fucked with it. But then once
I listened to it again when we got to the sequencing of the album, I liked the
way it came on! It was like "Whenever I'm making a record, I'm going into
my character" and the shit that I said was so heavy... It went like "Do
anybody know my name? What's my name?" And 'Cat picked the shit from when
we was on stage, and brought the live element to the record. It was just big,
like man, that's the shit! And I just went on my blue rampage! Blue this, blue
that, blue hat, boom bam! What kind of phone you on loc? I'm on the bluetooth!
Dubcnn: You know what it reminded me off when
I first heard the beat? Remember on "Paid The Cost To Be The Boss",
you had an intro with that dope ass beat, and you didn't rap over it? I don't
understand how you didn't rap over that track, but you didn't make the same mistake
on this one!
The Bo$$ would like to see you! That's what you're talking
Dubcnn: That was the hottest beat on the whole album!
E-Swift did that for me, from Tha Alkaholiks. You know, sometimes you
do things, just to let the groove ride. Music sometimes don't need lyrics on it,
and that's a great track. I felt like, me rapping over it might harm it, cause
I wasn't on no real shit at that time, to be spitting on it. I wasn't focused,
I was into the record rather than the intro. But Dr. Dre said the same thang though!
He heard it and he was like "Man you need to rap on that beat!" What's
so cold is, I didn't rap to it, so I can always go back to it and snatch it, cause
Dubcnn: Shit, you can still go ahead and do that!
Just to end all the talk! Like ya'll niggas thought I wasn't gonna rap
on this? *hums melody* And keep the same hook! Tha Bo$$ would like to see you!
Bugsy, the Bo$$ would like to see you!
Dubcnn: On the second
track, "Think About It", tell us about Frequency, the producer.
That's a white kid that my boy Ted found for me! I heard that beat and
I was like "Oh, I'm gonna kill this!" But I was like "I'm gonna
kill this in a different way though." Not the way I've been normally killing
shit, just by having the coldest lyrics. On that one, I had the delivery, and
the flavor of a real MC. I just *raps part of "Think About It"* Shit
like that, where I'm going up and down in my tone! *continues to rap* Then it
goes into another tone right here! That's real MC shit!
I heard that I was like "Damn, Snoop is spitting!"
I'm kicking you off like this on the album, imagine what the interior sounds like!
Dubcnn: Then it goes on to "Crazy", which is a Fredwreck
beat. That's a different kind of Fredwreck beat, that sounds like some new millenium
He did that! He went hard in the paint, cause I kept firing
on his ass! Cause when I'm working on a record, it's hard to make my album, cause
I be so hard on the producers. Like "Nah, nigga that ain't dope enough! No!
That didn't make the album!" I might do four songs with a nigga and none
will make the album! So it was like that with him, to the point where he was like
"Man, I got one!" and I was like "Let me hear it." I heard
it, with Nate on the hook, and I was like "Oh yeah, you do! That muthafucka
is definitely one." Just the shit he was saying, and what the groove was,
I was like I don't even wanna rap, I wanna sing melodically over it, but have
a rap twist to it, to put it down the way me and Nate Dogg always do, cause you
know me and Nate make classic shit!
Dubcnn: Where's Warren G
In the cut! Doing his thug thang.
Yeah, yeah! You know he ain't going nowhere!
Dubcnn: On "Crazy", you went ahead and got Julio G on there to do
a little Westside Radio on there too, huh.
Why not? It just fits
though, right? Don't it sound like it's natural?
Dubcnn: It reminded
me of the W-Ballz theme, with Ricky Harris.
Yeah, Ricky Harris. But
I didn't wanna be on W-Ballz on this one, I wanted to be on Westside Radio. It's
a new time and era! you know W-Ballz is always going to be there, cause that's
what I created. That's my shit, it came from my brain, but at the same time it's
like, let's move on! Let's not try to hold on to something that was. Even though
some of the shit is similar to Doggystyle, with George Clinton on the front of
it, Dre as a part of the record, but realistically, if you put Doggystyle on,
and put this record on, they have nothing in common!
That's true. After that, we get to "Vato", which is the first single.
When I heard the radio version for the first time, I noticed the excessive editing!
The edited out too much shit, to where it messes up the whole song.
Yeah some of these regulations and shit... Since that Janet Jackson incident,
that really kind of fucked everybody on the music side, but it's cool! Radio is
just a visual picture for you to hear it and know that a nigga's shit is out.
Niggas know that that ain't the real way the album sounds or the song sounds.
Dubcnn: Do you look at "Vato" as a street single?
I look at "Vato" as a warm up single, to warm muthafuckas up and let
them know I was coming.
Dubcnn: Do you think it did it's job?
Shit, I'm about to shit about maybe 500,000 records this week! That's
Dubcnn: What happened to the remix with Diamonique
and all them that you told me about?
I'm about to drop it, as soon
as we release! Maybe like next week or something. I'ma let the record come out,
so it won't be so much confusion. Radio is gonna start playing six or seven songs
from the album right now, cause they got it, and you know how that goes. They're
gonna start picking their favorites, they're already playing "Imagine",
they're playing "Bosses Life", they're playing "Crazy", they're
playing a bunch of shit! Different radio stations play different shit, so it's
like, I'm gonna let them enjoy the record.
Dubcnn: Did you hear
about this mexican dude who released a diss song to you over the "Vato"
Nah I haven't heard it, what he say?
I haven't heard the song myself...
You know it's gonna be hate out
there when you try to be positive! Anytime I'm going against the system that's
designed to keep us fighting, it's gonna be peasants and suckers trying to disrupt
what's going down, but the real recognize real, and that's what's happening. Everybody
that I fuck with is on the real, just last night I was at my record release party,
with B-Real, his partners, and a bunch of my ese buddies was in there, and it
was a beautiful situation!
Dubcnn: Next up is "That's That
Shit". I heard that Dre heard it, and he had you scratch off the lyrics and
Yup! Now it's a hit record! Before, it would've been just
a cool record. Now, it's about to be a hit. That's what you get when you're fucking
with Dre! If you wanna fuck with him, you're gotta be ready to accept his criticism,
and his approach on things! I always have been able to do that, I ain't never
really went and disrespected him and said "No nigga I know what I'm talking
about." But, if I really rolled down and felt like I knew what I was talking
about, he'd believe me. But for the most part, when I'm under his jurisdiction,
I'm under his jurisdiction.
Dubcnn: I heard there was a little
D.O.C. influence in there too?
Yeah that was D.O.C. who wrote most
of that shit.
Dubcnn: So wassup with D.O.C. man? Is he still
Yeah that's my nigga man! D.O.C. is like my sensei, as
far as on this writing shit. When I came in, he directed me in the way of being
a real writer, as opposed to a rapper. I was a great rapper but I was a terrible
writer. He showed me how to write, so it's still good today to get his knowledge
and understanding from him, cause why not? The muthafucka groomed me! Do I think
I'm too good to not get lessons from him now? That's why niggas be on bullshit!
Dubcnn: When you heard the beat to "That's That Shit",
how did you come up with R. Kelly? Did you reach out to him?
when I heard the beat, me and him [R. Kelly] had already seen each other a couple
of times, and I was like "I need to get you on my album." Cause I had
done something on his shit, and I was like I gotta find the perfect track! When
I heard that, and baby said "Your royal penis is clean", I was like
"Oh I'm sending this to cuzz! Right away." Once I sent it to him, he
sent that muthafucka back in about three or four days, like "Nigga give me
another 8 bars of rapping, and I'll throw another bridge on it!
Dubcnn: What do you think about the video?
That shit is off the
hook man! That's some pimpin' shit right there, real talk.
I saw you performing the song at the BET Awards the other day, how has the reception
Good, man! They say I did it the best, and I hate blowing my
own horn, that's what they said, but that's just what they said man. I had the
show and shit, I had the flavourful outfit, my hair was pretty, and I had the
bitches dropping blue rose petals, you know what I'm saying? I had that real shit
going down, it wasn't just a nigga up there with 4 niggas screaming and shit,
round and round with a mic, it was some real shit going down!
I think I saw JT up there huh? The Bigga Figga?
Yeah he went and
got low for me one time! That's my nigga, I'm fuckin' with him on that Mandatory
Business Movie and that Mandatory Hyphy tour that we put together!
Dubcnn: How did you hook back up with JT?
Shit, the Bay Area!
That's what I need, get some Bay Area down with me, on some connecting the dots
shit. We need this, that's all that was. When Daz had went up to the Bay years
ago trying to save his life, JT was one of the main people pushing the push in
the Bay Area, so we naturally connected cause we was already homies anyway.
Dubcnn: We're up to "Candy" now. Was that track recorded
together? Were all the artists in the studio at the same time?
E-40 flew down, I had him come down to get down on the thang, cause I had did
something for him and he wanted to get down on my thang. So he came through, he
did the first verse, I did the second verse. But I didn't really like my second
verse, cause I felt like it really wasn't all that. After I heard everybody elses
verse, I was like "My shit is kinda weak." So I went in and did it over.
I put the "Now N Later Gums, Jelly Beans" all that shit in there, to
where it made it colorful and fun. When you see the video, the shit is off the
Dubcnn: What's the theme of the video? Is it like a
Nah, nah! No club shit. We outside, nigga, Hollywood
Blvd, like niggas be in Times Square, we all connecting, it's one big video. Everybody's
verse connects to the next muthafuckas verse. We got like nine or ten outfit changes,
three or four locations, it's tight, you gotta see it!
Track 7, I Need A Light. Is that potential single?
What you think?
Dubcnn: I think so! Timbaland is hot right now, and the track bangs
when you turn it up, it fucks up your system!
You like Damian Jr.
Dubcnn: Yeah. Was he added later on? Cause it sounds
like he was added..
Yeah, he wasn't originally on the song. But the
hook wasn't doing much for me, so I sent it to Damian and he sent it back with
that on it!
Dubcnn: Is this the same song that was originally
called L.A. Zoo?
Yeah that's it. I like that muthafucka, that shit'
stupid. Cause it don't sound like nothing Timbaland got out right now. It don't
sound like nothing he ever did either! You can't really tell that he did it, if
I don't tell you that Timbo did it. You wouldn't just be like "That sounds
like a Timbaland track." That muthafucka is a monster! I didn't even write
that song, I just freestyled that muthafucka, went in there and did it. It came
out like that! That's why my tone is like that, like in battle mode! You hear
how the shit bang out your system? *laughs* "Turn your music down loc, your
shit too loud! What the fuck you talkin' bout I put my gun in yo' mouth, nigga!"
That sounds like a nigga riding in the car with you, and your like "Man turn
that shit down your blowing my ears up!" And then the nigga that's driving
is like "Nigga what the fuck you talkin' about I put my gun in yo' mouth,
Dubcnn: After that, you're going on a gangbanging
spree with Game, on "Gangbangin' 101". That's you and Terrace Martin
Yeah. I've been going by the name of Niggaraci for a minute,
I've been doing it on my own, and I've been doing it with him. I knew that I had
to get down on Game's record, so once I did that, I was like I gotta make a track
for me and Game. So he [Terrace Martin] imported the drum machine, and I went
through a couple of sounds and I found one that sounded like some horses galloping.
For the first piece of the beat, I took the horses galloping, and then I put in
the *makes percussion noise*, then I added the *makes bass noise*, then I had
Terrace play the keys, and I told him I wanted the beat to break down, like *hums
melody*, cause I kept hearing that *W-W-W-Weest Coooast!* once he did that, I
had Battlecat come in and do the talkbox, cause he's Roger Troutman reincarnated.
Once he did that, it was a masterpiece! Game laced it, I did my thug thang, it's
just gangbanging 101.
Dubcnn: What do you think of your chemistry
Man that shit is a fuckin' hit record! Everything me and
this nigga done been a hit.
Dubcnn: This is gonna be a hard question,
but which one do you like more, "Gangbangin' 101" or "California
I like "Gangbangin' 101" more because it's
more pulling the bloods and the crips together, with that chant. With that "CRIP!,
SOOWOO", that's their call! Every crip nigga, when he see his homies he's
like "CARIIIIP!" Every real blood nigga when he see his homies "SOOWOOOOO"
So it's like, this is a jam where you can catch them all together at a party,
banging, but not banging on each other but just representing! And once me and
Game hit the road, do shows together in L.A. where it's just 100,000 gangbangers,
that's gonna turn the muthafucka out! And we need that kind of music! When I do
the show in L.A., and the Ese's show up, I never had a song for them. Now I got
Vato! That's their song, I made it for them!
Dubcnn: The beat
on that "California Vacation"... That took me back to the mid 90's when
I heard that!
Man that shit is ridiculous man! It's dope as fuck,
and the way we flowing on that muthafucka is ridiculous. "My heart beat for
the West.. Coast..!" That shit is stupid! But at the same time, it's like
the "Gangbangin' 101", I just like the way Game was really representing
that B-Dogg shit, putting it out there, letting muthafuckas know that we mashing
Dubcnn: Now we're getting to the first Dr. Dre track
of the record, which is "Boss' Life", with Akon. When was that recorded?
Is that an older track?
Brand new, end of the record.
Dubcnn: Cause I remember when we did the interview this summer, you said you
only had one Dr. Dre track at that time.
That was "Murder These
Murderers" [feat. Kam], that's not even one of those that's on the album!
Dubcnn: What happened to that man? Everybody has been asking me about
that. Why didn't it end up on the record?
Too violent, man. The shit
we was saying.
Dubcnn: How are you going to keep a Kam and Snoop
record, produced by Dr. Dre from us man? You can't do that!
wouldn't be on this tip doing this right now, you understand what I'm saying?
So we let it alone, and made another creative song, as far as making something
Dubcnn: Any chance that you might slip that
out on a mixtape or something?
I don't know, I think we burnt the
files on that...
Dubcnn: Back to "Boss Life". Dre sounds
like he's been taking piano lessons or something, all the beats he got are like
real piano beats.
Yeah, he's doing his muthafuckin' thang man! I've
been watchin' shit on TV, I've been seeing shit where niggas been acting like
they made beats for Dr. Dre and they did this, and did that, like the nigga can't
make beats! What I've been wanting to say is that, if you was one of the keyboard
players, or a nigga that was a part of making some of his hit records, then Dr.
Dre coached your ass on what to play. You didn't just come in the studio and think
of the melodies and the type of rhythms to play. Nigga that shit was given to
you by the mind of Dr. Dre! And if you were that good, why haven't you continued
to make hit records and he's still continued to make hit records? I just want
to speak on that, cause I've been seeing some shit on TV, that's been throwing
me the fuck off, with niggas saying they did this and did that. The nigga Dr.
Dre is the nigga that gave them the opportunity. He can do the shit by his muthafuckin'
self, me and him done sat in the studio where he done made hit records, without
nobody there but just me and him! You feel me?
Dubcnn: You can
say whatever you wanna say about Dr. Dre, but one thing that's for sure is that
he's got something, because whatever he touches is gold. Whatever he does, he
does it right.
And then at the same time, it's like, you'll always
find niggas crying about "I was one of the producers for Dr. Dre, he stole
my shit!" He ain't stole nothing from you, nigga! If you that good, why don't
you continue to make it!
That's got you fiending for more huh? Well it's coming; Part 3 will entail
the second half of the album and enable you to gain some insight into the work
that went into the rest of the tracks and much more in our exclusive interview.
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