In The Dogg House
interview by Meshack Blaq
photos by Animal Chan
It ain't easy being the World's Greatest Rapper these days. Just ask Snoop
Dogg. He's seen it all in his career that spans over a decade. He started
out on top with Dr. Dre and after ten hard years, he's come full circle.
There was a time when many critics and fans from coast to coast thought
Snoop was played out when he went down South. But that could never happen as
long as Dre is there to provide optimum Gangsta beats. And when he wasn't
there, Snoop was still present but the magic was missing. Now hot off the
heels of Dre's 2001 opus and the Up In Smoke Tour, the duo collaborated on
The Last Meal. This album marks Snoop's final bow before becoming the
recording equivalent of a free agent. From all indications and reactions,
this album marks the return of Doggy Style both lyrically and
production-wise. Kronick got at Snoop while on Tour and we spoke on what
it's like to be back IN THE DOGG HOUSE
KRON: The first question I want to ask you is why are video games so
important to you?
SNOOP: I don't know why. I just like to play 'em, so I guess that's st'll
the k'd 'n me. Every man has a l'l' k'd 'n h'm whether 't's a game or a
favor'te cartoon show, or someth'ng of that nature.
KRON: Are you a sore loser, Snoop?
SNOOP: Nah, ''m a great w'nner. Fuck that los'n' sh't, Nah!! Yea, I am a
sore loser. ''ve always been l'ke that ever s'nce I started play'n' sports
and just l'fe 'n general. I hate to lose and I play to w'n. But I don't take
't personal after I lose. 't m'ght take about 15-20 m'nutes and then ''m
back to regular. ''ll hate the N'gga that beat me for about 15 m'nutes.
KRON: So was th's Up 'n Smoke Tour someth'ng you had to prod or conv'nce
Dr. Dre to do?
SNOOP: Nah, not really. He always wanted to get down and do th's k'nda sh't.
't just had to be the r'ght platform. And r'ght now the way everyth'ng 's
go'ng w'th the success of h's record and the success of what we all got
r'ght now, 't's l'ke the r'ght opportun'ty and r'ght t'me for 't.
KRON: What was 't l'ke for you personally to be creat'vely separated from
Dre for so long?
SNOOP: 't was d'fferent 'cause I had to get out there and work w'th other
people and bu'ld my own name and establ'sh good relat'onsh'ps. So 't was
cool because 't showed me how to handle my bus'ness 'nd'v'dually and not
depend on Dre, so to speak, or depend on nobody 'n general.
KRON: So tell the truth. What were you do'ng 30 days before you or'g'nally
hooked up w'th Dre, 'f you can remember?
SNOOP: Probably mak'n' tapes, broke'n a muthafucka, r'd'n' on b'cycles;
hop'n' & dream'n'.
KRON: OK, you surpr'sed a lotta people when your book, The Doggfather came
SNOOP: Oh, people bought that book?
KRON: I bought 't, read 't, and wrote a rev'ew about 't.
SNOOP: Oh sh't!
KRON: Do you th'nk people take for granted and th'nk you're 'gnorant 'cause
you're an OG?
SNOOP: I don't know Man. I th'nk they th'nk most Black people are 'gnorant,
even the ones that wear su'ts and t'es that got a college degree. They just
come at us wrong. We always get class'f'ed as that. 't's a stereotype that's
hard to be broken. So we just gotta keep prov'n' 'em wrong and do'n' r'ght.
And more 'nd'v'duals l'ke myself gotta come and do the r'ght th'ng.
KRON: A lotta people want to know 'f you're always h'gh on mar'juana?
SNOOP: Not always, but most of the t'me.
KRON: Do you cons'der yourself a Pothead?
KRON: 's 't med'c'ne for you?
SNOOP: Yep! (laugh'ng)
KRON: OK. We've seen Snoop go from pla'ts to afro, perm and cornrows to
Sh'rley Temple curls. You got any new Do's for 2001?
SNOOP: (catch'n' my flow and gett'n' a good laugh) I don't know Dogg! '
don't know. You never know, I m'ght go w'th the baldhead!
KRON: What has your exper'ence been l'ke go'ng from work'ng w'th Suge Kn'ght
to Master P?
SNOOP: Probably more creat've freedom. More room to work w'th whoever '
wanted to work w'th deal'n' w'th Master P. And more gu'dance and pos't've
d'rect'on w'th Master P.
KRON: Tell us about your new label and the acts that you have.
SNOOP: 't was Dogg House Records but now 't's Doggy Style Records. Somebody
else got the name, so I had to sw'tch the name. But we got Tha Easts'dazs.
We got Doggy's Angels com'n' out next.
KRON: Congratulat'ons on the Easts'daz. What's Doggy's Angels all about?
SNOOP: Thank you very much. 't's three females...
KRON: 's Charl'e gonna be mad?
SNOOP: Fuck Charl'e: wh'te redneck ch'ckensh't honky muthafucka! He never
showed h's fuck'n' face! Nah, I got love for Blake Carr'ngton, on the real
though. I l'ke Charl'e, that's why I created Doggy's Angels. You know how 't
's. Most Rappers; we get our 'deas from TV shows or mov'es, or someth'n'
that was h'stor'c. Charl'e's Angels was a Helluva show and I just wanted to
represent that same k'nda fla'r, but w'th three females from the West Coast
that rap. And just portray 't l'ke that and let me be the one that present
'em and br'ng 'em out s'nce I got the platform for that r'ght now. That's
all 't's about and ''m g'v'n' a shout-out to Charl'e's Angels. I hope they
don't try to sue me. (Even though they d'd)
KRON: Why d'd you call th's album Tha Last Meal?
SNOOP: Because th's 's the last t'me these muthafuckas gon' eat off me.
KRON: But don't you have another album as part of your current contract? One
more after th's?
SNOOP: 'f that's what you th'nk!
KRON: (at th's po'nt I can't help but let out a loud laugh along w'th a
handful of the other 20 or so people 'n Snoop's dress'ng room after the show
'n Hartford) You pull no punches when 't comes to show'ng your true colors
and Gang aff'l'at'on. Why do you st'll s'gn'fy 'n 2001?
SNOOP: I just l'ke blue. I l'ke the color of blue.
KRON: Tell us about your mov'es com'n' out.
SNOOP: I got the Easts'daz Mov'e com'n' out stra'ght to Home V'deo and DVD.
That's a 90 m'nute mov'e stra'ght for the Streets. 't Stars Tray Dee, Gold'e
Loc, myself, RBX, the Angels and a buncha the Homeboys. 't's f'lled w'th
Homeboys. 't's one of them k'nda mov'es that's Real Street & Gr'tty. I got a
couple of other projects com'n' out. A mov'e called Bones that's com'n' out
for the theatres on New L'ne C'nema. And um, ''m h'gh than a muthafucka
r'ght now Cuzz. Sh't, a N'gga got a lotta sh't com'n' out. Y'all hear about
the sh't l'ke y'all always do.
KRON: You're do'n' some mov'es w'th Dre too, r'ght?
SNOOP: Yea, me and Dre are work'n' on a mov'e r'ght now called The Watcher.
Me, h'm, DJ Pooh and Ph'l Atwell gon' put together a story and come out w'th
a mov'e starr'ng me an' Dre. We never h't the b'g screen l'ke that.
KRON: 's your own l'fe l'ke a mov'e to you somet'mes?
SNOOP: Yea, yea, def'n'tely. I mean, 't really 's Baby. 't's groovy, 't's
KRON: Has the money, fame and worldw'de respect changed you, or has 't just
rearranged everyth'ng around you?
SNOOP: 't changed and rearranged.
KRON: 'n your book you say the purpose was to "'ncrease the peace, teach the
youth the truth, and spread the mus'c".
SNOOP: That was to all the l'l' Gangbangers 'n the Ne'ghborhoods, you know?
KRON: M'x that w'th some weed and you got a modern day Bob Marley. How d'd
SNOOP: I don't know. I d'dn't even grow up l'sten'n' to Bob Marley. But as '
got older I started to l'ke h'm 'cause I just l'ked what he represented and
what he symbol'zed. I l'sten to h's mus'c as I get older and I see that the
songs he made was very pol't'cal. He stood up for a lot of sh't and made
mus'c that was from the heart, and that was l'ke the same k'nd of sh't '
make. And he d'dn't have a problem w'th blaz'n' a jo'nt up on stage. You
know, fuck 't! I heard Bob smoked an ounce a day.
KRON: What do you th'nk of H'p Hop and Pol't'cs, a la Snoop Dogg for
SNOOP: Oh no, Hell naw! I don't wanna be the Pres'dent. ''ll run for the
Senate. ''ll be the Senator.
KRON: What about Break Up '' Make Up? 's that a real'ty for you and Dre, or
's 't fantasy?
SNOOP: That's def'n'tely gon' happen. 't's just t'm'ng, you know? I gotta
get off of Pr'or'ty records. They keep say'n' I got one album. They tell'n'
y'all I got one album left after th's. You know ''m not really try'n' to
hear all that sh't. Everybody know what's happen'n'; I mean I was good to
them and d'd my damn thang for them as far as represent'n'. L'ke any other
art'st would do, I represented to the fullest. Now 't's t'me for me to bu'ld
my own emp're now. 't's not no love lost, 't's just Real.
KRON: How d'd that murder case affect your outlook on l'fe?
SNOOP: 't just slowed me down and helped me to wanna put everythang 'n the
proper perspect've as far as not really hang'n' so much, but be'n' more
home-centered as far as mak'n' everythang happen at the house.
KRON: How does 't feel to be a member of NWA for the reun'on?
SNOOP: (Pauses for about 20 seconds) L'ke you felt on Chr'stmas when you was
12 years old and you got that electr'c football game that v'brated on the
KRON: (he touched a common thread amongst all young men who grew up 'n the
70's & 80's) How you know about that, Man?
SNOOP: Me and the Hom'es are gonna get one and play 't for Real. We try'n'
to f'nd a store that sell them muthafuckas! You remember that sh't? (Starts
to make the no'se of the f'eld)
KRON: Of Yea!
SNOOP: Then you had to put the ball 'n h's hand and...
KRON: But the Quarterback could never throw a pass though!
SNOOP: What we d'd was when we threw 't, 'f 't h't the player, he caught the
ball. But Mel-Man from P'ttsburg says they played d'fferent w'th d'fferent
rules. They put flour on the f'eld to make 't l'ke snow. (We laugh) Yea! '
told h'm we a'n't never d'd that k'nda sh't, but that was cool. That game
was some un'versal sh't r'ght there. That was before v'deo games. That when
we had to use our 'mag'nat'on.
KRON: That's r'ght. And when the game wouldn't work anymore, you'd have to
tap 't w'th your hands to get the players to move.
SNOOP: Yep, and muthafuckas would be mad an' sh't! Then 'f 't was too loud,
Mom's be l'ke, "Turn that sh't down!" Then you turn 't down and 't wouldn't
run r'ght. That's fucked up, but that's how 't was before v'deo games.