Snoop Dogg uses social media with the best of them so it’s his recent comments on another rapper that is furrowing eyebrows. The Doggfather gave a lengthy interview to The Breakfast Club and shared some stories and thoughts that only his long career gives him the advantage to. Of course, he was also asked about his list of top rappers and that’s where folks took notice.
In an interview that saw him discussing his time at No Limit Records, Snoop also delved into discussion of the current state of hip-hop and who he thinks deserve similar notice to the kind he’s gotten over the years. Snoop’s stories tend to regale listeners of a time long passed in the music business, and also speaks with a clarity that only one of the originators of West Coast could possess.
Though he’s West Coast until he dies, Snoop talked about how a No Limit soldier from New Orleans saved his life during his sit down with The Breakfast Club and how the outsize influence from Master P ended up saving his life — and legacy.
“Master P saved my life. I was gonna put an album out called F*** Death Row and Mack 10 was gonna give me a million dollars to put it out,” sharing about another West Coast icon, Mack 10. Snoop’s troubles with his old label are well-known and he still remembers vividly running into Master P and his artist Mystikal in a studio. Snoop hopped on a song and Master P asked him how much he wanted for the feature. Snoop recalls telling him “15,” thinking it would be $1500. The next day, Master P surprised him even further.
“I come back the next day, Master P wrote me a check for $35,000,” he said. “So I’m like, oh, I like this n****’s style. He called me to his office, he said ‘What you working on?’ I said, ‘I got this album called F*** Death Row. This motherf**ker hard.'” As Snoop recalls, Master P then closed the door to his office and strongly advised against that, telling Snoop “you ain’t gon’ live to see that album out.”
Having worked with the best of the best in the music business all over the world, Snoop has a wide range of examples to choose from when he’s creating the list of who he considers worthy to be alongside himself in the halls of hip-hop history. Having come from a class of legends himself when he first got his start, Snoop considers his top choices in hip-hop very specifically – and one artist left off his “top” lists is Eminem, whom many consider to be the most successful, legendary White rapper in the game.
“Eminem, the great white hope. White rappers had zero respect in rap,” Snoop said to co-hosts Angela Yee, Charlamagne tha God and DJ Envy. “The game feels like he’s a top ten lyricist but that’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem that he could find,” said Snoop, further elaborating upon his point.
Other co-hosts agreed and Snoop dived even further into explaining his stance.
“There’s just some n—as in the 80s that he can’t f– with,” parried Snoop. “Like Rakim, like Big Daddy Kane, like KRS-One, like LL Cool J… Shall I go on? Like Ice Cube. You understand me? I don’t got no time to play with it, it is what it is. Cuz did that. He did that to the fullest. That’s one of my teammates, one of my brothers. He did that. “But when you’re talking about this hip-hop that I can’t live without…”
Ultimately, Snoop has his own preferences as we all do, but for someone with over 3 decades of expertise in this field, his opinion is taken very seriously. Hip-hop clearly means more to him than most and he ends his comments on that note, with regards to Eminem’s catalog specifically.
See the interview below.