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Playboy Interview: Snoop Dogg
  • October 06, 2011 : 20:10
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Playboy: The National Political Congress of Black Women says the music is "obscene and degrading," and that anything encouraging violence or misogyny or using profanity shouldn't be allowed.

Dogg: Do what you feel is right, baby. Do what your heart tells you is right. Because I'm going to keep doing what I do. People like it or they wouldn't buy.

Playboy: How do you respond to Bob Dole's more recent criticisms of rap?

Dogg: Here we are, up from what we were. We're trying to make some money, to speak about our lives and make better lives for ourselves. They want to keep us down, is all. If Dole looks at what's really responsible for the problems in this country, he'll find it's not rap. Rap is music. He should look in the mirror and see.

Playboy: Because of pressure from Senator Dole and others, there are rumors that Time Warner, which distributes Death Row Records, will stop putting out gangsta rap.

Dogg: We are just doing our music. Nothing has changed. We'll see if they can stop it when the people want to hear it.

Playboy: There have been stickers on your records that warn about your language. Does that bother you?

Dogg: I think it's good. Then people know what they get. No one should be shocked after that. You were warned, you bought it. If you don't like these words, go get some gospel shit, or jazz shit or some whiter shit.

Playboy: But most of the people who buy your music are white.

Dogg: Yeah. When I was on MTV, for instance, the whole audience was white. If you look at the tape, everybody in the audience was grooving like a motherfucker. They were dancing, rhythmic, because they weren't paying attention to what the older folks were saying. They weren't giving a fuck. They are enjoying life, like I do. And they are listening. They want to know what's happening, too.

Playboy: What's the impact on young black girls when they hear you and other rappers singing about women being bitches and whores?

Dogg: Those who are, are. Those who aren't, aren't. Those words were here before I was here. America made those words, I didn't. I'm 24 years old. Anybody older than me knows they were saying bitch before I was born in 1971. And fuck and dick. I didn't make up that shit. If I did, I mean, damn, give me some money! Because that's creative shit. But the bitches and whores are the ones who come up to your hotel room, because they know you are making money, and after you get down and do what you're going to do, all of a sudden they get a rape case, and you end up in the pen. Like Mike Tyson, like Tupac.

Playboy: Do you believe that Mike Tyson was innocent?

Dogg: Shit, yeah. I love Mike Tyson.

Playboy: And Tupac Shakur, too?

Dogg: They want to take him down, but he has more of a following now that he is slammed down. More people are behind him now. All they are doing is helping him as far as when he gets out. They are putting him through hell right now, as far as life. It's something he's always known. Listen to his lyrics. He tells about this, about the system. He knows the way it's designed.

Playboy: How do you feel about his conviction for sexually abusing a woman?

Dogg: What is that? If a motherfucker wants to have sex with you, she is going to have sex with you. There's no such thing as abuse. She was liking it when it happened. After she left the room, she started to see that she could get money.

Playboy: She apparently didn't like it at all.

Dogg: I believe Tupac. I know that a motherfucker won't be lying in New York, fucking the shit out of a bitch and just leaving her hanging. He probably was enjoying himself with her, and he probably was finished. One of the homes probably came in and she didn't know how to act and ran out of the room. If it was rape, it was rape. If it was sex abuse, that means she wanted it, or she didn't want it that way.

Playboy: What if he hurt her?

Dogg: He didn't hurt anybody. If he did, he'll pay. But they won't stop him. Wait until his next record. It will be huge. I have some shit that we did together that nobody's heard.

Playboy: How about you? Are you worried you'll be convicted?

Dogg: No. I trust the juries, I trust my attorney, I trust God. The fact is, the truth will come out. The truth will come out when it's time.

Playboy: And what if you are convicted?

Dogg: He has a reason. I go with the time.

Playboy: Do you acknowledge that your music is a powerful influence on young people? The way you sing "Walking down the street smoking endo, sipping on gin and juice" makes it sound very inviting.

Dogg: They listen because it sounds good. Fuck what I'm saying. I didn't make up those words.

Playboy: You put them together, you made the rhymes.

Dogg: You're saying that those kids are going to smoke and drink because of that song, and not smoke and drink because of no song. That's not how it works. Hugh Hefner doesn't give a fuck about a motherfucker saying he glorifies sex. Why should I give a fuck about what a motherfucker feels about me glorifying life or violence? I'm living like Hugh right now.

Playboy: What has been the effect of how the media have written about you?

Dogg: My people still love me. Some of them are scared, because they don't know what to believe. I don't speak much on a whole lot of shit. People who don't know me are so negative about me. When they finally meet me, they change that negative into a positive. I trip off that shit.

Playboy: You've also been criticized by other rappers for leaving the hood.

Dogg: I never went through the hood and said, "Damn! When I make a lot of money, I'm going to buy that house right there!" I always wanted to get out of that shit and have a nice home where I wouldn't have to worry about gunshots. Growing up, I didn't dream of being nothing, of living in the ghetto my whole life. I wanted to get out. I'm not trying to run from the hood, I'm just trying to have expectations and goals to get the finer things in life. That's all. Because I am still going through the hood.

Playboy: Do you need to be careful not to lose touch with your roots because of your fame and money?

Dogg: There's no such thing as losing touch. You can take me out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of me.

Playboy: How important is rapping in the ghetto?

Dogg: It was the way out for me. I've rapped since I was a boy. First I would just say other raps and put my name in. Then I was getting to the point where I didn't want to recite anyone else's words. I wanted to do my own shit. When a beat came along, I just started rapping. I was rapping against other motherfuckers at the time. Everybody was running up on me, like, "Damn, Snoop, that's tight."

Playboy: What rappers did you listen to?

Dogg: Whodini. Grandmaster Flash, Sugar Hill Gang. All that shit.

Playboy: Did you listen to other kinds of music?

Dogg: Back then I was rapped out. I tried to break-dance. I couldn't break-dance. Tried to hop. I couldn't hop. I was all right, but I wasn't tight like the other motherfuckers. They could bust nine spins, but I could do only two or three. So I was like, "Fuck that. I ain't fucking with that. I'll just rap." Once I became dedicated to rap, no motherfucker could say a thing. I was dedicated.

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  • Anonymous
    glad johnny saw justice for you and mr. lee! ~ amen. u r true, classy, and respectful. keep taking your time preacher, ... take your time.