interview SNOOP DOGG [Part 3] (January 2007) | Interview By: Nima

  Dubcnn was the only media outlet last year to interview Snoop Dogg on his album release day, the interview which became a two part epic was stopped during the second half of the album breakdown due to time. We have now completed the full interview and in this, Part 3 of this series, we wrap up the in-depth breakdown of "The Blue Carpet Treatment" album track by track. We also discuss those songs that did not make the album and the places they may, or may not, appear in the future. Don't miss another classic interview with Snoop where we get his feelings on the new album, how the production and guest appearances came together and much more. Part 4 is coming soon.

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Interview was done in January 2007

Questions Asked By: Nima

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Full Interview Audio Here [Part 3]


Missed or need a refresher of Part One; Snoop Dogg Interview Part 1 (November 2006)

Missed or need a refresher of Part Two; Snoop Dogg Interview Part 2 (November 2006)

Missed or need a refresher of Part Four; Snoop Dogg Interview Part 4 (January 2007)

Dubcnn: We stopped while you were talking about "Boss Life", which features Akon. How did that song come together, did you hear the beat first or did you already have an idea in your head?

What happened with that particular song, we were just sitting around in the studio, and Dre was playing beats. When that beat came on I was like “I like this shit right there!”, I started jotting down some shit to it, you know that little *hums melody* and all that little shit in the beginning. Then we just started fucking with it, and before you know, me, him and D.O.C. started putting the pen and the paper together and shit came out like magic!

Then, once we got the hook part, I reached out and called Akon. I had my boy Stat Quo reach out to him and bring him up there. So he came up there, sung the hook, cause we had already done the one on my album that ended up on his record, so it was more like he felt like he could be on this song, like it sounded appropriate to him to get on it. He put that hook together, and it all came together like magic!

Dubcnn: What do you think of people saying right now that Akon is kind of taking Nate Dogg’s spot?

Don’t say that too loud, Nate Dogg might hear you!

Dubcnn: I’m supposed to hook up with Nate Dogg soon, and you know I’ma ask Nate about that too!

He ain’t sleeping! Nate is in the lab right now, he’s in my studio right now working, as we speak! So don’t play the homie cheap and think that he lost his spot! I mean it’s beautiful that Akon is doing his thang, that’s what it’s all about, it’s about opening up doors and creative avenues. Nate created that lane for Akon, for people to sing hooks and turn it into getting albums or what not. So that’s a beautiful situation, I work with both of them, got both of them on my album, and like I said, you can’t sleep on Nate Dogg, cause he always keeps a hook up under his hat, sooner or later he’s gonna drop it!

Dubcnn: Nah to me Nate Dogg always got his spot, I just read that a couple of places, people talking and all, so I just wanted to get your take on it, cause you go way back with Nate and you’ve been working with Akon.

I’m down with both of them, I’m sure that Akon was inspired by Nate Dogg, being over there and hearing Nate Dogg on all the fly gangsta shit that we did. I’m pretty sure that inspired him to get his craft together and think that he could do it, and know that he could do it! That’s why I always say about the media and people in general, they always love friction. Instead of just praising Akon for what he’s doing, and appreciating the fact that he’s doing a good job, singing hooks, and Nate Dogg is probably in the studio working on his album. It’s always gotta be some conflict and pairing and judging, as opposed to just being thankful that we got two niggas out of the hood, singing and doing something good with their life!

Dubcnn: Then we get to track 10, which was “L.A.X.” A lot of people looked at that as a disappointment.

I wouldn’t give a fuck about a lot of people being disappointed! Who are a lot of people? I ain’t never met them!

Dubcnn: Me personally, I was disappointed by the song too.

Well like I said, I don’t give a fuck about the people that are disappointed! That record wasn’t for you or them who were disappointed, period.

Dubcnn: Cause when I heard Snoop and Cube over a Battlecat track, I was kind of expecting something else, you feel me?

That’s your opinion! Who’s to say you got the number one opinion?

Dubcnn: I’m not saying my opinion is something else, just letting you know how I feel about it!

I gotta let you know! If we’re going to be real, let’s be real 100%!

Dubcnn: That’s what I’m aiming for.

You’re not going to like everything I do, cause everything I do is not for you! You understand what I’m saying? So those who do understand that record and love that record, that record is for them. That’s the way me and Cube was feeling at the time, when we made that record. So it’s like, we could go in and try to make any kind of record to impress you, or whoever is expecting some kind of record from us, but at that point, we was making records for the hood! We had never came together and made a hood record! We had already made a record that everybody liked, and that was on his record. I was on his record two times, and everybody approved of that record right there.

Now this record right here, was on the Blue Carpet Treatment, cause it was some hood shit, and me and cuzz made a hood record. That’s how I make songs. When I made beautiful, that wasn’t for the hood, that was for the bitches! Period. When I make records, I make records for certain occasions, or the way that I’m feeling, so it don’t bother me when a muthafucka says “I don’t feel that”, cause that song wasn’t particularly written for you! It was written for the expression that I was feeling at that time. When I’m making gangsta songs, that’s the gangsta shit that I’m on! When I’m making positive songs, I’m on some positive peaceful shit! So that’s what I was on, that’s what me and Cube was on, and by the way, when we perform that muthafucka on stage every night in Canada, it’s getting great responses!

Dubcnn: I feel you man, I wasn’t trying to attack you, I was just letting you how I felt. You let me know how you felt, it’s all good man.

Yeah that’s what it is though! This is Snoop Dogg, a veteran, a seasoned veteran! I put out records before where nobody liked the records, and they sold 2 million albums! So who the fuck is anybody? I don’t really trip off of critics, because critics are hidden behind microphones or behind magazines. Muthafuckas could never come into the studio and create what we create! We put songs together from our heart, from our mind, from our soul! So if a nigga don’t appreciate it, it don’t bother a nigga. But at the same time, it’s like, don’t speak on something if you don’t understand the elements of putting together a record, this ain’t no shit where we just go in there, close our eyes and come up with a song!

This shit is a job! It’s like your job, what you gotta do, putting up your website, trying to make muthafuckas tune in to what you doing! You got a million other muthafuckas out, but when niggas like me give you interviews, you become a big part of the game! You know, this is what I do cuzz, ain’t nothing stopping me man, I’ve been doing this shit before I had a record deal homie! I’m the greatest of my time. Muhammad Ali is the greatest of all time, I’m the greatest of my time.

Dubcnn: I feel you. After that, we get to “10 Lil Crips”. Tell us about that song, what made you do that song?

Well Pharrell, produced that song and gave me the idea for it, cause he was seeing me on some shit where I was telling a story about my little homies, cause whenever we be in the studio, we be talking, and I explained to him how my little homies is crazy. The younger they was, the worse they was, and they don’t die, they multiply! So he was like, you need to do a song like this! So he produced it, gave me the idea for the hook, and I put the lyrics together. Like I said, this record is mainly hood orientated, me going back to the basics of making hood music, I’m not tripping off being a megastar, an icon, or a million record seller. This is me making records for those that I started with. That’s the hood, that’s the underground. So that song right there is representative for all my little homies that’s out there getting their bang on, 10 Lil Crips, that’s what it is!

Dubcnn: You flow was real sharp on that one, you were real hungry on that song.

It’s the emotion of the little homies. You know every song has a different feeling, and that song was driven by my little homies. I’m trying to reach them, not in a negative matter, but just to let them know that am aware out there doing what they do. Cause sometimes the little homies just wanna be noticed, they wanna be recognized. Sometimes, if I recognize them, that might stop them from popping and nigga or dropping a nigga, just because they was recognized by Snoop Dogg. As crazy as it sounds, but it’s as real as it can be.

Dubcnn: Pharrell came with a banger.

That’s what Pharrell do, he’s a perfect match for me, me and him we make good music together. I wanna give him a shoutout, I don’t plan on leaving him no time soon, me and him are going to be together for a minute.

Dubcnn: Then we get to the next Dre record, which is “Round Here”. When I heard the beat I was like “Damn, I know this sample from somewhere!” It sounded real similar to Eminem’s beat for “Stan”.

Not to me! When I first heard it, I didn’t think about “Stan”. I don’t listen to Eminem records, no disrespect to him, but I don’t listen to Eminem’s records. I’m a gangsta.

Dubcnn: It had the same sample that's used for Eminem’s beat.

I can’t tell! “Stan” was talking about a fan, somebody that is a groupie on Eminem’s dick, that’s writing him letters and all kind of shit, dreaming of being him. My shit is “Round Here”, gangsta shit!

Dubcnn: I was just saying that the beat used the same sample..

Well, that’s Dr. Dre! He’s a producer, why wouldn’t he use his shit? That’s his shit! Roger Troutman used the same sound on every beat he ever made! Barry White used the same sound on every beat he ever made!

Dubcnn: You got me wrong, I wasn’t criticizing the song homie…

No I’m just giving you, so you’ll know, so the viewers can know! A producer has a sound that’s identified with him. So that’s an identification that’s saying that Dr. Dre really put his hands on that track! I didn’t hear “Stan” on that song when I first heard it. That song didn’t remind of “Stan”, it made me wanna start talk shit about round here! It ain’t safe to leave the house, don’t fuck around round here! Niggas will put you in the ground, don’t fuck around round here! That’s what I was on! I wasn’t on no “Stan, write me a letter, I wanna come see you! You’re my favorite fan!” I wasn’t on that bullshit! I’m on gangsta shit homie!

Dubcnn: *laughs* You crazy…

Oh and that’s my next single, so you know… I’m finna shoot the video, and make the muthafucka super gangsta, cause it’s time for me to drop a Snoop Dogg single, with just me on it. Without no features, without no singers, without no dancing, without no bitches, without no smiling, without no laughing and a hundred homies, it’s just about me. That’s what time it is right now.

Dubcnn: The hook is catchy, it will probably stick in peoples head.

Yup! That’s what it is! It ain’t safe to leave the house, don’t fuck around round here!

Dubcnn: Then we get to “A Bitch I Knew”. How did you hook up with Rhythm D man?

Rhythm D was with us back in the Death Row days, he was one of the first producers at the Solar Studios where we used to make tracks, before Dr. Dre really started giving us the attention that we deserved. That’s when Dre wasn’t really into the producing, he was just getting out of his N.W.A. contract or what not, so Rhythm D was one of the producers that was at the studio, that always had beats. So I hooked back up with him through Battlecat, he brought him by the studio, he brought a beat CD by, and when that muthafuckin’ beat came through the muthafuckin’ system I was like “I gotta have that!” It just reminded me of a old Too Short rap.

Dubcnn: That’s what I was about to say, it’s like Freaky Tales 2006!

Yeah! It’s like a old Too Short rap, but I was like “Let me put myself in the shoes that Too Short was in, let me go back to my first time when I was a youngster trying to get me some.” Then Battlecat came and added all the scratches and the music, and then Tracy came and did the voices of the girls, and before you knew it that shit turned out like a big fly record! Then I shot an animated cartoon video for it cause I wanted to see what it looked like, and that shit ended up getting us a whole movie deal out of it, so I got an animated cartoon movie that’s coming out called “The Adventures Of The Blue Carpet Treatment”. I’m gonna have to get with you and let you see a couple of scenes, this shit is gonna blow muthafuckas minds for real!

Dubcnn: Did you say Tracy did the voices? That’s the same Tracy Nelson from the Death Row days?

Yes sir! She’s out here with us right now on tour, she’s one of my background singers.

Dubcnn: That’s classic.

Yes sir, that’s what we do!

Dubcnn: Then we get to the Western Union track “Like This”.

That was originally their song for their album, but I didn’t have nothing with them on my album and I needed to represent them in a fly way, to where it would be representative and people could really appreciate it and respect it and say that this niggas is dope. So I took the record off of they album and I had them get rid of the last verse and let me have the last verse, and then it was like a song we did together. I just felt like that song felt good, it had a good feeling, Soopafly did that on the production, the other niggas was rapping, the hook, the singing, the melodies, that shit was appropriate and a perfect introduction for people to be aware of Western Union before they come out.

Dubcnn: Hopefully we’ll finally get to see Soopafly coming on something when their record drops!

Yeah! Soopafly got his own record he’s doing with Daz too, but like I say, I push Soopafly to be more hungrier, he gotta be more into it. Like right now, I just produced a whole album, “The Bigg Squeeze”. How the fuck did a produce a whole album and I’m not even a producer, but I became a producer over night? And then you got guys around there that have been producing their whole life and they haven’t produced a whole album yet. It’s because you gotta be hungry, you gotta be willing to do it, and hopefully I put fire in Soopafly and the rest of these cats around me, to wanna start producing whole albums. Cause to me, Soopafly could produce a whole album! He just gotta wanna do it!

Dubcnn: How has the chemistry in the studio been with the Western Union when ya’ll working together?

Them niggas is tough man! I just did a song with Damani that I produced.

Dubcnn: You mean “It’s All About Damani”?

Yeah! I did that for him cause I wanted to give him some shit, cause I like cuzz’ personality, he’s a cool nigga. To me, he’s like a brother from another mother, me and him do the same kind of shit, I like his whole swagger and everything. So I just wanted to start producing for niggas like him and Bad Lucc on the solo tip, away from Western Union, so that way, when we go back to finishing up the Western Union album, I’ll have a better feel for what’s their favorite kind of shit. Cause I already know how Soopafly get down! Did you hear the Damani song?

Dubcnn: Nah, he told me about it.

What he say about it?

Dubcnn: He was like “Man I just did a fuckin’ banger with Snoop Dogg. AND he produced it!”

Real spit! Put it together from scratch, like cooking a muthafuckin’ cake! I even did two for WC like that, when I cooked something for him! It’s like, what I’m doing right now, not to get off of the album and what we were talking about, but I’m on a mission right now. I got an alter ego named Niggarachi. As Niggarachi, I just produce beats and call my favorite artists that I always wanted to work with, and I just give them tracks and produce for them. Hopefully these niggas will get out there on these tracks, and they shit will be heard and seen! Hopefully my name attached to it will make them get heard and seen cause I’m tired of all these good rappers not being seen and heard, so I’m just giving niggas tracks!

“The Bigg Squeeze” album, I produced that whole album, I did it, didn’t charge niggas, I was like “I’ma put this album out, and hopefully you niggas will become stars!” Then after that, I got the Warzone album, where you niggas is gonna get money up front, and if the record sells, you’re going to make money on the back end! Then I got the Western Union album doing the same thing, I got Kurupt’s album doing the same thing! I’ma produced these whole muthafuckin’ albums and let niggas know this is how it’s supposed to be done! Then I’m just going to disappear from the producing scene again and leave it alone for a minute.

Dubcnn: Yeah we’re going to get to the Bigg Squeeze and Niggarachi in the next part. But after “Like This”, we got “Which One Of U”, which is the Nine Inch Dix. Tell us about that group.

Nine Inch Dix was a group that we created years ago at the studio with Dr. Dre. Me, Mel-Man, a couple of other cats, just because we liked the Nine Inch Nails and we was like “We need to be the first black rock group called the Nine Inch Dix.” We was just clowning around and all we used to do was take old school songs, and put our own twist on it, like “I’d Rather Fuck With U”, the shit Eazy-E and all them niggas used to do back then? Take songs and then just put nasty shit on them. So we started doing that, and we started making records, and before you knew it, we started making records that was sounding like real fuckin’ records!

So I started putting them out, slipping them out on the “Welcome 2 The Chuuch”, slipping them out on the compilation album, put one on the last album “R&G”, I put “Can U Control Yo Hoe” and “Bitch I’m Threw Witchu”. Then I just decided to put this one on “Blue Carpet Treatment”. The Nine Inch Dix is creating a fan base and really making some good music that’s good for the soul and good for the heart, because it’s shit that niggas couldn’t normally say! We’re saying when we’re the Nine Inch Dix, we don’t give a fuck!

Dubcnn: So it’s Snoop Dogg, Soopafly, Lil Half Dead?

Snoop Dogg, Soopafly, Lil Half Dead, Jelly Roll, Mel-Man, Sean Lewan, Lil G, LT Hutton… it’ a lot of members man! We got members man! Cause on certain songs, niggas just slide by and get to singing, then nigga you in the group! That’s what it is! Oh yeah, and you gotta be nine inches though, but that ain’t for me to tell, the bitches gotta say that!

Dubcnn: So do you think we’re going to see a full record or is this just something on the side, for fun?

Man I’m dropping a Nine Inch Dix record this summer! I ain’t even playing with it! Nine Inch Dix! The album is called “Cumming Soon”!

Dubcnn: Tell us about 1500 Or Nothin’, who produced the track.

Oh yeah, that’s what they do! They’re a part of this program too. 1500 get down with it, and give up the kind of music that we need! They really gangsta as fuck when they wanna be, and they R&B as fuck when they wanna be! That was a cross between some Prince and Morris Day & The Time shit, mixed with a little gangsta, so whatever I need from them, they always come to the table, strapped up ready to go, some West Coast producers that’s looking for a shot, that’s looking for a way out, and Snoop Dogg was always an opportunist!

Dubcnn: Yeah, I believe I heard that beat before on a underground record they had did for a group called N.V.

That’s what it is! I never heard it, but when I heard the beat I was like “Man I gotta have that cuzz! So whatever ya’ll did with that, it’s mine now!” You know how I do!

Dubcnn: Then we get to “I Wanna Fuck U” with Akon, which is on both of ya’ll records, right?


Dubcnn: How did that come together?

He came by the studio one night, I did a couple of records that night. That particular one was the last one that we did. He was like “I wanna play you some beats that I did.” I was like “Aight cool.” So he put the beats on, and when that beat came on I was like “Let me get down on that!” So I took off on the first verse, he came in with the hook, and he was like “You need to do another verse!” I was like “Fuck it!” So I did another verse, and before you knew it, there you had it! The shit was hot, he was playing it, blowing it up.

My peoples was calling me like “Man we need to put this on your record too, this record is getting so big!” I was like “Man, I ain’t really tripping, that’s cuzz record!” They was like “Nah this is getting too big!” So I was like “Fuck it, put it on both of our records.” Then we shot the video, and there you have it! One of the biggest songs in 2006! Like I said, one thing about Snoop Dogg, he’s gonna be on one of the biggest records of the year, every year. Even if my albums ain’t shit, even if I don’t have an album out, I’m always going to be a part of some of the hottest shit of the year, every year.

Dubcnn: Now we get to “Psst” with Jamie Foxx. Tell us about that song.

Jamie actually called me around the last few days I had to turn in my record, cause I had went to his house one night and we was just partying and hanging out, and we fucked around and made some music. I had forgot all about that song, and he called me one night saying “Man I got these girls over here man, and they love this song! You gotta put this one your album!” I was like “Man what song?” He played the muthafucka and I heard all the girls in the back singing all the words to it, I was like “Uh oh, I gotta move some shit around!” So I moved some shit around on the album and put him on there, cause he gave me a hell of a speech about how it would be beneficial of having him on the record, and I love him anyway, so I was like “Fuck it!” I made room for him, put him on there, and everywhere I go the girls love that record right there! The label was thinking about making that my next single, until I pulled back and said I wanted to do something with me by myself.

Dubcnn: Jamie Foxx did his best Prince impersonation on that!

Boy he did that, didn’t he?!

Dubcnn: Alright, then we got “Beat Up On Yo Pads”, which you shot a little video for.

Yeah that’s for my little homies in my football league. I wasn’t about Hip-Hop, it wasn’t about no trying to be dope, trying to be fly, trying to be gangsta, that was about me being so proud of my football league and the little kids that play in my league, and how they’re so inspired by me. I wanted to give them something that’s theirs, that’s they theme song, that they can grow up loving. That was made from me to them, I moved some shit off my album to make that song happen. My label didn’t really understand why I didn’t put a song that could be marketed on the radio, but I didn’t really give a fuck about that, I was more about that song being for my kids, me coaching my football league, and every little kid around the world that wants to play football, or that ever played football, that record is for ya’ll. That’s why I did it.

Dubcnn: How has the feedback been?

Lovely! I’m talking about all kind of kids, little white kids, black kids, Spanish kids, come up to me all the time talking about “Snoop! I like to beat up on my pads!” They loving that record right there. It’s an anthem, because when you play football, when you beating on your pads, that’s like a rhythmic thing, it’s like a musical thing that you do! It’s something that’s been going on since the beginning of time, so all I did was put some shit out there that was already out there, but just putting it out there in a bigger way.

Dubcnn: The video looked like a lot of fun, I thought it was a good look to have all the kids in there playing and shit.

Yeah that song is for the Snoop Youth Football League, we just completed our second season, 2,000 kids strong, we wanna play our SYFL Snooperbowl in Miami the day before the Superbowl February 3rd, so we want everybody to come out there and be a part of that as well.

Dubcnn: After that we get to “Don’t Stop”, which was produced by THX, right?

Yeah, THX produced that, that was a Warzone song that was originally on their album, but I didn’t have nothing on them for my album, so I felt like this was the perfect song. Cause I wasn’t rapping on it, I was just doing the hook, and the way them niggas was spitting, the way that gangsta beat was coming off so hard, I was like “This is the perfect representation of Warzone, the first time people hearing them together.” It makes people want to hear more from them as opposed to being turned away saying “Nah, them niggas is wack together.”

Dubcnn: Judging from the two songs on your album, it sounds like Goldie Loc kind of switched up his flow?

Goldie Loc is just super hood with his man. The beat makes him move! Goldie Loc is one of the hardest niggas I ever worked with.

Dubcnn: Compared to his Eastsidaz raps, his flow was different on the songs, he was rapping fast for two bars, and then he slowed down, just switching it up.

Yeah man, you gotta hear him! When you hear him on this Warzone record and hear him on his shit by himself, Goldie Loc is the muthafuckin’ man! Real spit! I got Goldie Loc real real right, right now, to where the shit that you hear on him is just a tease, cause you’re so used to hearing him this way, I want to let you hear him this way! And then when you hear him on his album, you’re going to hear him in every way you could possibly imagine!

Dubcnn: People told me to ask you about this one more time… Wassup with the “Murder These Murderers” song with Kam?

It will never come out.

Dubcnn: That’s your last word?

That’s my last word! You’ve already seen how they’re on me man. You want me to go to jail forever?

Dubcnn: *laughs* Naw, man.

They already on me! So I can’t give them no more reasons, no more excuses. It was an expression that we were expressing on the song tip, ain’t nothing wrong with us expressing that in a musical way, but after we thought about it, we’d rather view our opinions elsewhere.

Dubcnn: Now we get to “Imagine”, which I believe was originally intended for Busta Rhymes’ album right?

I don’t know! I wasn’t in there working on Busta Rhymes album!

Dubcnn: Before his album came out, Busta had interviews talking about this song “Imagine” that he had with Dre, talking about what would have happened if they never had the rap game.

I didn’t read no interviews, didn’t know it, didn’t see it, didn’t touch it! I wasn’t in the studio when Busta was working on his record. I participated on one song on his album, but I didn’t make it. But you know, that’s my homeboy! Like I said, that’s the Aftermath camp, coulda woulda shoulda! It’s a lot of beats that’s floating around my camp, that could have been cuzz’ beats, that ended up being his beat. So you never know. I’m just thankful that the shit came out on my shit, and it came out dope like it did! It makes perfect sense for me and Dre to be spitting on it like that, with D’Angelo on the hook, it’s an appropriate topic, the music is right, the vibe, everything, so I’m pleased with that record right there.

Dubcnn: Yeah, it felt good to hear Dre rap again!

Yeah, and I’m the only muthafucka that can get him to rapping again!

Dubcnn: How did the D’Angelo connection happen?

I had to reach out and pull some strings and make shit happen. We had Poohbear originally on the hook, and he sounded outstanding on it. But I just was reaching out cause I really wanted to get a name player on there, somebody that could really give us a name value to it. No disrespect to Poohbear, I was just trying to play the name game on that one right there. So I was thinking, I had never worked with D’Angelo, and me and him was always cool! I was like “Where is he at?” So I did my research, had my peoples reach out to Angie Stone, Auntie Angie Stone, she made it happen. She made the connection and got us on the phone, sent him the music, got him on the phone with Dre, we told him what we wanted, and he got it right, sent it back, and there you have it!

Dubcnn: Okay. I believe originally you had a different verse on it, cause I know Kam just put a song on his MySpace where he was rapping the verse that you were originally rapping on some listening party.

Yeah, that was the first verse but we ended up changing it, cause it was like me and Dre was saying the same thing. So rather than us saying the same thing, we flipped it and I did something different.  I like the new way it is, even though the way Kam did it for me was dope as fuck, but Dr. Dre knows best.

Dubcnn: Now we get to the last song of the record, which is “Conversation”, a perfect closing, with Stevie Wonder.

Yeah a dream come true! To work with Stevie has always been a dream of mine, and that particular record right there, DJ Pooh brought it to my attention. He had this sample and the music, he brought it to me, and he was like “Why don’t you get Stevie to really sing it?” I was like “You think I can?” I put the call out, Stevie came through and we made it happen! We redid the whole record, cause once Stevie got on there he was like “I wanna do it all over!”

He did all the vocals over, played all the music over, brought in background vocalists, played harmonica, played keys, this nigga played shit like he could see! He did all of that shit all by himself, I couldn’t believe it! It was magical! And then once we did it, I ran into him again in New York about two weeks later at a record store, and he was like “Nephew let me talk to you for a second. I got a few things I want you to do. You need to take out them two cuss words you said on that song. They don’t sit right with me.” So I went back in, changed the cuss words, and made it a magical record!

Dubcnn: My favourite part of that song is where ya’ll talking and you’re like “I love you man” and he’s like “I love you too.” And then you start rapping again! I thought the song was gonna be over right there!

Yeah that’s cold man! *starts rapping* You can catch me down on my knees, begging the Lord please.. Yeah, that one!

Dubcnn: Yup! Alright man, we just finished the whole album! You know, I gotta ask you this cause I’ve been getting a lot of emails about it. How the hell didn’t “Wanna Be’s” with Nate Dogg and Young Jeezy end up on the album?

Couldn’t clear the sample! No way possible! Sha Money changed the music, changed everything, but then once we changed the music, they hit us back and said Nate Dogg can’t say “Wanna Be’s”, cause it sounds like “One Of These”.

Dubcnn: What about that “Long Gone” track? Produced by Mr. Porter?

Yeah yeah! Mr. Porter! I was holding that one for this Tookie Williams movie that I got called “Rest In Peace”. It made more sense to go on that movie cause it was a sentimental record where I wasn’t being gangsta, I was educating them and being loving right there. So the movie and everything, it fits that.

Dubcnn: I saw the Brotha Lynch Hung track came out on the mixtape, cause I wanted to ask you about that too, “Territory”?

Yeah, that’s my nigga! I just love Brotha Lynch Hung, I’m a fan of his! I just wanted to get on a record with him so people could know he’s still around and that I fuck with him. They got him on the Dogg Pound album too, Daz and Kurupt did something with him, so we’re just trying to keep him out there. He’s one of those artists that I would like go get a deal for and be like “You know what nigga? I’ma put your album out through bla bla bla”. I’m probably gonna find him something. So Brotha Lynch, this is Snoop Dogg nigga! If you out there, reach out to me so I can go and do your album cuzz, you need to be out there! We can do it independent, fuck it!

That's got you wanting more, we know! Lookout for Part 4 of this epic interview next week where we discuss the new album "The Bigg Squeeze," the recent appointment of JT Bigga Figga as his VP, the independent game, get Snoop Dogg talking about Death Row and other leftover material, ask questions submitted by his fans on our forum and so much more in our exclusive interview. Stay tuned to dubcnn.



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