Interview: Snoop Dogg Pt2

2011-05-03 11:28

Your music weaves seamlessly from Hip Hop to R’n’B, from Dance to Pop, has it always been an effortless transition for you?

Well, music has always been a part of my life, and I mean by all forms of music, so for me to make the transformation from going into Rap, Hip Hop, Country, Rock, Pop, whatever it is, it’s all music to me. I never had a prejudice when it came to music, I had an ear for music, and if it sounded good, I rocked my head to it. And I tried to emulate it, and when I became a musician, the same rules apply, you know, that’s why you can find myself doing Country music, or Rock music, or RnB music, or Hip Hop music and never falling without, you know, hurting myself. When I do fall, I fall back.

Which Rock artists would you like to collaborate with?

Uh, If I was to do a collaboration with Rock artists, I would probably choose Rage Against the Machine, or um, what’s my guy, Trent from Nine Inch Nails - one of those two, so that way I know I had some exclusive, gangsta, rock your motherfuckin’ head shit.

What is your writing process?

Um, my writing process, it’s different. Sometimes I don’t write, sometimes I can just feel the track and go in and just spit that shit and it come out and it is what it is, and then other times it may take me a day or two, or maybe three or four days, to write something that’s compelling, that takes that sort of time to get off what I’m trying to get off, and then sometimes I can just go in there and hit that shit, start feeling it, right to it, bam, write it, spit it, drop it, double it, triple it, lock and load it, bounce it, mp3, ooo-wee.

What do you enjoy more, recording or playing live?

I would have to say that playing live is what I enjoy more than anything in my career. You know, the recording part of it is very fun, and you know, different, but it’s more work. The performing side is fun, because it’s, it’s like, you’ve reached the pinnacle, that’s when the music is already understood by the people, and the expectations is for them to sing along with you.

You have a huge Twitter following, how important is your connection with your fans?

Um, I feel like that’s like the number one key in music right now. You know, having that relationship with your fans where it’s not based on your record label, it’s based on you. You know, when you tweetin’ and all that, that’s not about what label you on, it’s about you dealing with your fans directly.

So whether you have, you know, a successful album, or a label that supports you or backs you, you have a relationship with the people who make you who you are, and to me, that’s way more important nowadays to me, because that’s what the industry is broken down into. Trust. I don’t trust, you know, that, but I trust you and if I have a relationship with you and you telling me you putting a record out and it’s gonna be good, I’m gonna buy it because I trust you.

How do you relax when you get some down time?

Go to sleep (laughs) how does Snoop relax? I mean, you know, I have many different ways of relaxation. Some is just sleep, I like to play video games, basketball, football, just, you know, the simple things in life go a long way with me. I’m not complex at all.


It’s been a hell of an experience, you know what it is, the record is gonna give you what you need, cause I got what you want, and you can dig that.  Peace.

The legendary Snoop chats about his latest superstar-laden album Doggumentary, social networking, and down-time.
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