Snoop Dogg sat down with Complex affiliate Pigeons and Planes and elaborated on his Pharrell Williams executive produced album, Bush. The rapper talks about fully entrusting Skateboard P with the creative direction on the less explicit more family friendly project. In addition, most likely the most interesting quote from the profile, the OG talks about how a lot of rappers rap the same these days. Read the full interview here and his quote on the landscape of hip-hop today.
You’re Snoop Dogg, you come off cool as a fan at all times, but do you get a sense of hesitation—like you said, there’s 100 rappers making 100 different rap albums, and this sounds like nothing out. Are you hesitant to put it out or do you just let it do what it do?
Realistically, I come from the world of battle rap. I used to be a battle rapper before I got a record deal, and I always had the attitude that y’all can’t fuck with me, and that’s my attitude when I drop my record. Y’all can’t fuck with me. And that ain’t derogatory, that ain’t conceited, that ain’t negative, that’s just an energy of confidence of knowing that my shit don’t sound like yours. Right now it may not win, I may not be the most talked about when I come out, but when the dust clears, I’m still gonna be standing. Because that’s me, it’s not them.
I don’t know who is who when they doing that rap style, and I love them all! I love Future, Migos, I love all them. Drake. They my niggas, but I don’t know who is who when the record is over. When I came out as a rapper, everyone had their own style. If you sounded like someone else, that word was called biting. You biting my style, you biting my shit. If you paying tribute, like I did with “La Di Da Di” with Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh—I paid niggas 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. That’s a different way of showing love as opposed to everyone rapping the same style.
Snoop Dogg says a lot of rappers sound the same with him, do you agree? Snoop: “I don’t know who is who when they doing that rap style, and I love them all! I love Future, Migos, I love all them. Drake. They my ni**as, but I don’t know who is who when the record is over. When I came out as a rapper, everyone had their own style. If you sounded like someone else, that word was called biting.”