With close to 25 years under his belt in the rap game, Snoop Dogg‘s still as gangster as ever.
As renowned journalist, Elliott Wilson, unleashed a barrage of questions pertaining to Snoop’s career for the latest installment of his #CRWN interview series at New York’s Highline Ballroom on Monday (Aug. 8), the Doggfather breezed through each topic, from President Barack Obama’s tenure to his rocky relationship with Suge Knight to his current trek, The High Road tour with Wiz Khalifa.
Donning his signature braids and fresh pair of blue Chuck Taylors, the 44-year-old Long Beach legend behind the Hot 100 chart-topper “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and the 1993 classic “Gin & Juice” dropped gems like he was on the mic.
Get high with these Snoop quotables from #CRWN below.
On touring with Wiz Khalifa for The High Road Tour:
It’s a culmination of me and Wiz together. This [is] happiness. This [is] togetherness and brotherhood.
On “Legend” being the intro track for his new album Coolaid:
I’ve never been the braggadocious, cocky MC on the mic. I’ve always been the one laid back and played my position. But I felt like I had to let everybody know what it is because sometimes as a legend, they’ll disrespect your legacy, if you don’t protect your legacy.
On how Beyoncé’s Lemonade inspired the making of his new album Coolaid:
I was listening to a particular record, Lemonade. I’m being honest with you…that motherf—er was banging. It left me kind of feeling crazy because it was like somebody gotta say something to look out for my nephews and to represent the men. I wasn’t even trying to answer her but I was just trying to put some flavor in the game. You know, she had Lemonade. I wanted to open up a Coolaid stand.
On him and The Game tackling the issue of police brutality:
Initially, we didn’t know what the plan was. Game hit me up upset, just like everybody else. We were just trying to figure what we were gonna do because we wanted to do something. Whether it was right or wrong, we wanted to do something.
On the upcoming presidential race:
I don’t represent the Democratic party or the Republican party. I represent the gangsta party.
On Obama’s tenure as president:
I think Obama did a great job for the eight years that he was in office. He takes a lot of flak for the stuff that he was cleaning up. He had to clean up a whole lot when he got in the White House. You know, it wasn’t a clean house when he got there. He had to straighten up a whole lot, rearrange the furniture, change the TVs. Then, when he finally got it right, he was able to do his thing thing.
On his 1996 murder case:
I was prepared for the worst. Through prayer, through staying strong, through God’s plan, I’m still here.
On his introduction to the game on Dr. Dre’s 1992 smash “Deep Cover”:
Well for one, my DNA is hip-hop. So if you check my DNA, it got Slick Rick, it got Ice Cube, and it got Rakim. It’s so diverse with hip-hop that when Dr. Dre was able to take me and put me on the record with him, anybody that loved and respected hip-hop, had to get down with the get down.
On Death Row’s feud with Bad Boy:
It’s like a movie. If you feel like somebody is your competition, it’s either you join in with them or you get rid of them. [Death Row] felt like Bad Boy was competition. Bad Boy was never competition to me. They were my homeboys. They were my friends. So if you’re my friend, you could never compete with me, cuz I’m not competing with you.
On his relationship with Biggie:
If you listen to Biggie’s record before he passed away — his last record [“Somebody’s Gotta Die”] — he said he’s ‘dreaming of Learjets, mansions, and coupes. And trying to sell records like Snoop. Oops.’ He said ‘oops’ cuz he knew that was a no-no. He wasn’t supposed to be representing that he had love for me, but he didn’t give a f–k, because he knew I had love for him.
On Suge Knight:
There’s such thing as being hypocritical. You can’t talk about and then become. The same way he talked about all of them people being in videos and all of that, six months later, he was in videos doing the same exact thing. [He was] in front of magazines, on the cover of [VIBE] Magazine with me and Tupac. What are you doing? Why are you up here? There’s not enough room for all three of us.
On Suge Knight preventing him from ending the East Coast/West Coast beef with Bad Boy:
When he was locked up, it was a pivotal moment where I wanted to go see him and I couldn’t see him because they shut the visiting down, but I was able to get on the phone with him. I was like, ‘Cuz, why don’t you let me shake Biggie and Puffy hand on TV and end this so we could figure out a way to move forward?’ The word I get was — it wasn’t from him but it got back to me — ‘F–k them bitch ass n—-s.’ That’s the word that I got back to me.
On New York hip-hop:
New York is the Mecca of hip hop.
On his Crip ties:
They thought Crippin’ was bad. I taught them that Crippin’ was fashionable.
On bringing in Tupac to Death Row:
Having Tupac on the team wasn’t a threat. It made me better.
On Pac’s relationship with Biggie:
If you knew Pac and Biggie, I think Pac really, really loved Biggie. When you make a song like [“Hit Em’ Up”] about somebody, that’s hate cuz you love em’. It’s a thin line between love and hate.
On the success of Master P and No Limit:
No Limit was smoking hot. Master P was smart because he knew how to go to the territories that loved him.
On Prince being a ladies’ man:
[Prince] was the first dude I’ve ever seen with two women. Prince was a bad motherf—er man.
On meeting Pharrell for the first time:
I liked him because he was different. I liked him. I liked his sound. We built a brotherhood. We started working together and then before we knew it, we started making magic.
On his friendly competition with Jay Z:
In hip-hop, it’s always competitive but it’s like friendly competition. I’ll give you some great examples. Notice how Jay Z and Snoop Dogg use the same producers. Notice how Jay Z and Snoop Dogg use the same video directors. We all watch each other to see who doing what, how they doing it, and how they maintaining.
On his love for weed:
I was the scapegoat for a lot of that s–t. I don’t mind being the face now.
On a possible Snoop Dogg biopic:
I’m still playing in the game. I can’t do a movie until I’m done.
On performing at the 2003 Rock the Mic tour:
Jay Z, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliott, Fabolous — it was just the best of the best, right? So when a n—a go out there right, everybody just trying to f–k it up. Couldn’t nobody f–k with Busta Rhymes and Spliff Star. Them n—-s was the ultimate. In their prime, them n—-s routine was flawless.
On when he knew “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was going to be a hit:
You know when I knew that motherf—er was hot? I don’t ever play my s–t for Dr. Dre cuz Dr. Dre don’t like s–t. This n—a don’t like nothing. So after we make the motherf—er, Pharrell knows it’s a hit. He’s like, ‘N—a, this motherf–ker’s a hit!’ So then he goes to Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine and he played it for both of them. And then he called me and put Dre on the phone. Dre like, ‘Ay baby bro, this motherf–ker hard.’