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.
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“I love Future, Migos, I love all them. Drake,” Snoop told the site. “They my n—-s, but I don’t know who is who when the record is over.
“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—.”
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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.”
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Read the rest of the interview, where Snoop discusses his relationship with Gap Band singer Charlie Wilson and his spirituality, here.