Snoop Enjoying the local talent during his time Down Under a few Years ago on Bondi Beach
B.O.B : Your last album was called theÂ Doggumentary, as the title suggests, is a musical document of your life up until now but also shows your diversity in the musical genres that you dive into these days. West-coast punk, Soul, your dance colabâ€™s like David Guetta, a country track with Willie Nelson. Was there anything in particular that you wanted to get across with Doggumentary?
Snoop: The only thing I wanted to get across was making good music, not get too much hype about it, or talk about trying to sell you a dream. When a Snoop Dogg record comes out its more about having fun. Dancing, smiling. Representing where I started from. Good times.
B.O.B: Â Now Doggumentary was your eleventh studio album, how do you approach the eleventh as opposed to your first album? What have you learnt over those albums that you approach differently now?
Snoop : Well the first album I didnâ€™t really have a lot of wisdom and experience, and you know, now Iâ€™m understanding the line of years in me. So I know when people lie for me, I know when I sound good, or I know whatâ€™s best for me. I know I can reach out and try things that are different such as country music, or techno music, or any style of music other than rap that fits me. Which probably wouldnâ€™t have fit me at the beginning of my career like it does now.
B.O.B : Now there is an absolute shit load of collaborators on the Doggumentry the Â recordÂ hasÂ 21 tracks. Some of them include Bootsy Collins, T-Pain, R-Kelly, Goldie Loc, Wiz Khalifa, Kanye West. Now I wanted to talk about Bootsy first of all. Now for those of you who donâ€™t know, Bootsy, heâ€™s the guy in the star glasses. Youâ€™ve said in other interviews that Bootsy is a musical father figure to you. What was the significance of putting Bootsy on the first track of the album?
Snoop : Well itâ€™s Boots. What he stands for is music. His heritage is history. And his voice, you know, it just sounds perfect on the record. Anytime I have someone do something for me I think about what sounds best for the project, what sounds best for the song. Sometimes itâ€™s not just my voice, its other people who I admire and who I love. Bootsy Collins has a special voice.
B.O.B : Youâ€™ve worked with Damon from the Gorillaz quite a few times and , youâ€™ve done a lot ofÂ really dope collaborations together. You guys both blew up during the 90s so I guess you probably share a lot of common things. What have learnt from working with someone like Damon?
Snoop : Heâ€™s off the hook you know what Iâ€™m saying .Â You know, when you work with Damon youâ€™re really inside real cartoons. So I have a great time with him, hanging out with him. He brings out the fun side of me that I never really get to tap into because Iâ€™m so into you know…what I normally do. But you know with him, he gives me a chance to do things that I normally wouldnâ€™t be able to do that I have fun doing.
B.O.B :Â â€˜Sumthing like this nightâ€™ which is the track we were just talking about, itâ€™s definitely you on the album. It stands out from some of the more, traditional Snoop Dog stuff which is great. Wiz Khalifa, heâ€™s the new kind of whizz kid, pardon the pun. Whatâ€™s it like working with him?
Snoop : It was like working with a younger version of myself, you know what Iâ€™m saying. He was getting out his work ethic, his attitude, his approach, and just the way the fans scream for him and what he stands for. It was just real easy for me working with younger artists like that who got a real history of what hip-hopâ€™s all about, who pay homage and you know, are willing to learn as well as give information to an old dog like me. Wassup.
Snoop and Wiz Khalifa on the Cover Off the Â Iconic High Times Magazine.
B.O.B : Â Moving in to the track â€˜Wetâ€™ which is being realised over here as â€˜Sweatâ€™ it got the #1 single in Australia with that track. What was it like working with David Guetta?
Snoop : You know people like him can always give you different dimensions to your career. You know people wouldnâ€™t even think that me and him could work together so that was the first thing. Once we got together and he heard the song he knew he could take it to a whole other level and thatâ€™s what he did. Anytime I make music I try to work with people that can add on to my legacy. At the same time, I like having people that I admire who I feel like are worthy of being in a song with me and me being in a song with them. You canâ€™t lose, itâ€™s a perfect combination.
B.O.B : What do you think about the state of hip hop atm do you think that its kinda lost its soul ?Â Is that a fair kind ofÂ a fair statementÂ or do you think thats wrong? and Â where do you really think its at?
No. Actually hip-hopâ€™s in the best place in the world because Iâ€™m right here on the bottom of the world doing interviews with a bunch of motherfuckers talking about hip-hop and half of your countryÂ probably donâ€™t even know where hip-hop started. So letâ€™s just say hip-hopâ€™s grown, itâ€™s beautiful, itâ€™s lovely, itâ€™s for everybody, it has no comment, no sides. It has nothing on you, it was made for people, and thatâ€™s why hip-hop is one of the most beautiful expressions in the whole world because youâ€™ve got people like myself and many other characters who are from the hip -hop child who are able to come all over the world and put on great shows and entertain people and inspire and make the world more round.
B.O.B :Â Dr Dre has been one of the hardest working men in hip-hop over the years, and Iâ€™m just curious about how heâ€™s influenced your career and whether youâ€™re going to have any collaborations on Detox? ( if It ever drops that is !!! )
Snoop : He definitely influenced my career. He showed me the real way, shaped me into who I am by giving me the opportunity to become Snoop Dogg. He believed in Snoop Dogg. Iâ€™m definitely going to be a part of the Detox record. I always like to do things to impress Dr Dre. You know my album right now he has no tracks on it, so I want him to look and to hear my music and to say â€˜Wow Snoop is doinâ€™ good and I need to get him on my album because heâ€™s doing that by himself imagine what heâ€™d sound like with meâ€™. Thatâ€™s the kind of influence he puts in me. To want to inspire him to get back on the mic to do what he do so we can get back and get all that money.
Snoop And DR DRE on the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine Circa 1993
B.O.B : Through your career what has been more significant? Being on the cover of High Times or being on the cover of Rolling Stone?
Snoop : High Times most definitely. Most definitely.
B.O.B : A lot of big artists over the years have had albums that have really defined their work, do you think Doggumentary might be your defining album?
Snoop : I donâ€™t know. I have fun when I make music and I wouldnâ€™t say that I have a defining moment because Iâ€™m still doing it. And I do so much different stuff on every record you canâ€™t really say that this is the Snoop Dogg way because I always make a new way and always make it cool to do anything. Whateverâ€™s my cool I can make it cool. So I say my styles and my defining album is not done until Iâ€™ve finished with my career. Where I can look back and say â€˜well this is the one that really defined who Snoop Dogg was for the majority of this life as a rapper, as a person, as a humanâ€™.
B.O.B How can you stay so skinny when you live so phat?
Snoop : (Laughs) I like that Dog. Umm vegetables, water, fruits, vegetation, medication, preparation.
Snoop : Most definitely baby. A land down under, kangaroo hip-hop rap.
B.O.B : Is there any local hip-hop artists taking your attention?
Snoop : Iâ€™m checking right now. Iâ€™ve got my ears glued to the streets. One thing I love about Australia is that thereâ€™s so much talent out here. This place really respects and understands music, sort of like Japan does. And if youâ€™ve never been to Japan you wouldnâ€™t understand what Iâ€™m saying. If youâ€™ve been youâ€™d know that those people over there like to collect all of your work, from the beginning of your career to where youâ€™re at. To me it feels the same in Australia where people really believe in you. For my career, as far as me being over here in Australia, I remember one point in time I was trying to become a citizen over here and then I came back and they said I couldnâ€™t come back. But Iâ€™m here now. So it just shows that people over here are dedicated to who you are regardless of what people may say about you in America. People over here always stay down with me so I always like coming back and being a part of this Australian culture and trying to find new music and new musicians to try and collaborate with.
B.O.B : Do you have any plans to collaborate with any Australian artists?
Snoop : Oh yeah. Most definitely. Iâ€™m open for it. Iâ€™ve always been one to try things that are so Snoop Dogg or things that are so not Snoop Dog and make them all work and make them fit.
Through your career what has been more significant? Being on the cover of High Times or being on the cover of Rolling Stone?
” High Times most definitely. Most definitely.”
B.O.BÂ :Â Â We like the song â€˜Take U Homeâ€™ that you did with Too Short. What do you think about the Australian girls and do you think youâ€™re going to be taking any of them home?
Snoop : Iâ€™m gonna be a good boy on this trip. But Australian girls are definitely delightful, edible, pleasurable, sexy, and all of the above.
B.O.B : Â Are you going to be making any more songs like the one you did with David Guetta? And how do you go dancing to that kind of music? Do you just like to watch or do you get into it as well?
Snoop : Iâ€™m whatever you wanna call me. Iâ€™m a chameleon; you know what Iâ€™m saying. I can flip flop, dip dop, slide in, and ride out. I try to adjust to any environment, any habitat that you put me in and try to make it mine.
B.O.B Â Do you see more of a film career for yourself later on?
Snoop : I think I will get dropped into the filmography side because thatâ€™s where I like to tell more stories of my vision as opposed to my music. My music makes you close your eyes and have to visualise what Iâ€™m saying, until I give you a video. But if I was to shoot a movie you would see what I was saying off the top.
B.O.B : Youâ€™re known as the â€˜hound of hellâ€™ and the â€˜hood of horrorâ€™. Is it true that thereâ€™s going to be a sequel?
Snoop: You like that movie?
B.O.B:Â We Â liked it a lot.
Snoop: I think weâ€™re going to do a part 2. Actually that was the movie I really didnâ€™t like when we were shooting. But once we fixed it and did it right, I kinda fell in love with that movie. So I had fun doin it.
B.O.B : And so youâ€™re going to be back for the sequel?
Snoop : Yeah.
B.O.B WhatÂ were Â you doingÂ at 4:20pm on 4/20 Â this year.
Snoop : Smokin.
B.O.B Where? Will you be next 4/20Â What part of the planet?
Snoop : Damn where am I going to be at? Iâ€™ll be in San Diego. Thatâ€™s my house. Iâ€™m gonna have some real good shit to.
Snoop Dogg Is a Stoner Icon the world over and has been a longtime advocate of the legalization of marijuana.
B.O.B : Youâ€™ve worked with a lot of people over time, so do you ever feel like youâ€™re spreading yourself too thin, like youâ€™ll ever be over exposed at all?
Snoop : No because itâ€™s the Snoop Dogg crew that make everybody want some. I donâ€™t think itâ€™ll ever run dry.
B.O.B : Do ever just sit back and think how proud you are and how amazed that you are where youâ€™ve got to in life?
Snoop : I really donâ€™t. I donâ€™t have time. Too busy working. Maybe when Iâ€™m finished doing what Iâ€™m doing Iâ€™ll be able to look back and flicker. Iâ€™m so happy to have a job and people love me for my job and I love my job. You know to me itâ€™s the greatest job in the world to be able to entertain people and do what you were born to do. And doing it seven days a week 24 hours a day. So Iâ€™m just loving what Iâ€™m doing right now. When Iâ€™m done with it, then Iâ€™ll be able to reflect back and say, â€˜wow I had fun, it was beautifulâ€™. Right now Iâ€™m just too busy to enjoy it.
B.O.B : When you worked with Gorillaz, did you put together both the songs at once or was it two separate meetings?
Snoop : It was two separate occasions. The song â€˜Welcome to the Plastic Beachâ€™ they asked me to do an intro for them and I did it. I sent it back to them and they were like, â€˜man you gotta do some moreâ€™. And I did some more, and then I was like, â€˜well you know what, we need to just get together, and lets figure out how we can make it workâ€™. So he finished that up and then he played me a couple of tracks he had and he was like â€˜you need to come see me on Mondayâ€™ . So I went to go see him and we went to this spot and he played a track for me, that was just, it was â€˜Sumthing like this nightâ€™ and I just did what I did, he did what he did, and it all came together like magic. It was like youâ€™d had to be there to see it happen. It was like he went in, I went in. He told me what to say I told him what to say, and we put it all together. Wallah.
B.O.B : In terms of the Kanye West collaboration, was that always going to be for your album?
Snoop : No. It originally was for Kanye West. But I guess it didnâ€™t fit the script. He had played it for me when he was working on his album, and I was like, â€˜I like that shit let me get thatâ€™. And he was like â€˜well let me see if it makes the albumâ€™ and it didnâ€™t make the album so he was like â€˜you can have itâ€™. So I took it, I put my verses on it, he put his verses on it. And there you have it. It just seemed to me that conceptually that song didnâ€™t fit his album like it fitted mine.
Snoop Is highly regarded as one of the Greatest Rappers the West Coast has ever Produced.
B.O.B : Â We Â know that you have a fairly close relationship with Russel Crowe, him being a Rabbitoâ€™s man. We just wanted to know, within the two codes of football in Australia, is there anything that youâ€™ve taken back to your teams, for your league?
Snoop : Well you know what, the football out here reminds me of football that we played when we were kids. It was called â€˜Rack-em-upâ€™. We would throw the ball up in the air and one man would have to get it and then have to run against everybody who would try to get their hands on it. So there was twenty people playing and it was you against all twenty people by yourself trying to get to the end zone. It reminds me of that. Itâ€™s so physical. I really havenâ€™t grasped a hold of your football yet but I love it, I love watching it. But I would never play it because it seems like Iâ€™d get fucked up quick.
B.O.B :Shout outsÂ ?
Snoop : Thank yâ€™all for for the interview . I appreciate the earnest support. You always take care of me in Australia, even when the people up top didnâ€™t want me to come back here and they tried to throw me out and say bad things about me. The press held me down, the media held me down, the fans held me down. The people that petitioned to get me back out here, thank you guys. I will never let you down. Iâ€™ll never say nothing bad about you. Iâ€™m here to have fun, party and to make Australia a better place for Snoop Dog and his citizens. So I will be coming back to get my citizenship because I do have a house to get to. Ya hear.