interview 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.

As ever you can read this exclusive Dubcnn interview and we urge you to leave feedback on our forums or email them to nima@dubcnn.com.

Our thanks go 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 year;
"Dubcnn: Where they give it to you raw & exclusive"

Two; Snoop Dogg Interview Part 2 (November 2006)

Part Three; Snoop Dogg Interview Part 3 (January 2007)

Part Four; Snoop Dogg Interview Part 4 (January 2007)

Interview was done on November 21st 2006

Questions Asked By: Nima

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Full Interview Audio Here [Part 1]


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" soon...

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 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 matter.

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!

Dubcnn: Ever?

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 to it.

What you think about this record? Is it one dimensional? Or two dimensional?

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?

There's nothing 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.

Dubcnn: 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 video?

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.

Dubcnn: 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.


Sorry bout that cuzz but that bitch was fine than a muthafucka.

Dubcnn: 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 life.

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!

Dubcnn: 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.

Part Two; Snoop Dogg Interview Part 2 (November 2006)


Snoop Gave Dubcnn.com A Shoutout! Check That Here

Full Interview Audio Here [Part 1]


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