BET Hip Hop Awards 2016: Jeezy, The-Dream, Big K.R.I.T. & More Share Their Favorite Snoop Dogg Moment
More than 20 years ago, Snoop Dogg’s seminal album Doggystyle debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold over 800,000 copies in the first week. Since then, he’s not only ascended from rising Long Beach MC to a legendary rapper but has also solidified himself as an entertainment icon with acclaimed films and television shows including his weekly GGN News series.
Setting trends with his smooth, kush-puffing flow that’s racked up a slew of urban-radio smashes like "Gin & Juice,” “Who Am I? (What’s My Name?),” “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang,” “Next Episode,” “Beautiful,” “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Signs,” “Sensual Seduction” and “I Wanna Rock,” it’s no debate that the veteran rhymer defines hip-hop history.
Before the hip-hop veteran is honored with the “I Am Hip Hop” award for his 20-plus year career at the 2016 BET Hip Hop Awards (airing Oct. 4), Billboard asked several artists and producers about their favorite Snoop Dogg moment.
Take a stroll down memory lane with memories of the D-O-double-G below.
Zaytoven, producer: “When he dropped his first album Doggystyle, I was a youngster back then and had just fallen in love with rap so it was like a drug to me. I will always remember that album; it’s a classic."
Jeezy, rapper: “Remember when he was on top of the record store in Long Beach for his first video? That was crazy.”
The Dream, singer/producer: “Back in 2009, I had the chance to perform “Gangsta Luv” him on stage at the BET Hip Hop Awards. And that’s moreso why I’m here -- to support Snoop.”
21 Savage, rapper: “When he beat that murder.”
Lecrae, rapper: “I just have to give him credit for being relevant for so long. He’s still a voice after all of this time. A lot of kids were raised, myself included, on Snoop. So, just to see him still here, still consistent, that’s big. One of the moments that really stands out for me is not even a hip-hop moment but the way he supported his son. That’s something we need to see - black fathers who are supportive.”
Freeway, rapper: "I recorded the record "I Get Around" with him from my first album Philadelphia Freeway. He brought us -- me, Beans, Chris -- to the church. He was rolling up and had put two joints together, lit it up and passed it. He did that like 20 times and had the whole room sleep. Except for me because I had to stay up and lay my verse."
stic.man of Dead Prez, rapper: “"187 on the undercover cop" [his Dr. Dre collaboration "Deep Cover"] was just so hard and it’s so relevant right now. Snoop has always had charisma in everything he’s done. He’s inspiring.”
D.R.A.M, rapper: "Uncle Snoop brought me out to perform “Cha Cha” at the University of Virginia in 2015. It was so lit. I’ll forever thank him for that."
Nana Kwabena & Jidenna, producer & rapper: “[The 1995 Source Awards] when Snoop said, “Y’all ain’t got no love for the West Coast?” It was just a bold, bold moment. I love that he demanded his respect and walked up in there like a chief. [Jidenna:] Especially from a smooth dude like him.”
Kent Jones, rapper: “Uncle Snoop is an icon, a legend. I’m very happy that he’s being honored and acknowledged for all of the years he’s put in. I hope and pray to God that one day I’m in the game just as long if not longer. Much respect to Unc.”
Young Dolph, rapper: “Doggystyle, hands down, [is] my favorite moment. Gotta keep it classic.”
Big K.R.I.T., rapper: “My favorite moment is definitely when I got to meet the OG. The first thing he said was, "Yo cuz, I’m from Mississippi." It was just having someone else to look at that’s been able to do what they’ve done with roots in Mississippi, too. It’s amazing. To see his longevity has been great as well because of that.”
Blac Youngsta, rapper: "He’s got a lot of them but I mean he’s always himself, smoking weed and doing crazy shit. I love that song “P.I.M.P.” he did with 50 Cent."
Dave East, rapper: “Half Baked when he came from under the stairs and smoked their whole blunt up and left. I’ve been a fan of Snoop since day one. Chronic and all that.”
Young MA, rapper: “I like Snoop Dogg, he’s smooth. Even though I’m from New York, I will always f--k with “Gin and Juice.”
Nick Grant, rapper: “Snoop is one of my favorite rappers ever. When I was six years old, I stole my brother's Doggystyle album and took it to school and got in trouble. I took it for like show and tell and the teacher called my mom.”