Snoop Dogg, who’s enjoyed one of the longest careers in hip-hop, had some mixed messages for some of 2015’s biggest rappers. In a recent interview with Pigeons and Planes to promote his just-released Bush (produced by fellow hip-hop vet Pharrell), Snoop gave his opinion on what the scene is like now, compared to how it was during his heyday.
“When I came out as a rapper,” he continued, “everyone had their own style. If you sounded like someone else, that word was called biting. You biting my style, you biting my s—.”
He also talked about the difference between paying tribute to other artists (as he did with his own “Lodi Dodi,” a tribute to Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh‘s “La Di Da Di”) and just taking someone else’s style.
“I paid n—-s who I grew up loving. I’m gonna redo your song, get you paid all over again, and let everybody know it’s your shit, and put a twist on it for the new kids who don’t even know it exist,” he said of the song. “That’s a different way of showing love as opposed to everyone rapping the same style.”