5 main takeaways from Snoop Dogg’s ‘Drink Champs’ interview

Snoop Dogg made an appearance on the latest episode of Drink Champs. During his visit, the California icon shared a lot of insight. Snoop discussed a variety of topics in the interview, including the Super Bowl halftime show with Dr. Dre, his thoughts on The Game’s statements from the previous Drink Champs episode, the Bad Boy and Death Row rivalry, and more.

We’ve opted to select the top five subjects discussed throughout the podcast.

Snoop Dogg shares his opinion on The Game’s claims that Jay-Z didn’t want him on the Super Bowl and that Ye did more for him than Dr. Dre.

At the beginning of the interview, N.O.R.E asked the west coast rapper about Game’s claims that Hov was against having him on the Super Bowl 2022 halftime show.

“I don’t know,” Snoop replied. “Remember, I was a guest of Dr. Dre so I wasn’t privy to that information […] I would imagine there is some truth to it but I don’t know.” Snoop continued by saying that they are all a family and that any misunderstanding within the groups comes from the lack of the communication between them.

“We’re all a family, we’re all up under the Dre tree. There’s no doubt! Sometimes we quarrel, we have misunderstandings, and it’s up to us  as a family to get our understanding amongst us. So, a lot of times when we air out, it’s probably because we haven’t been able to communicate with our family. So,  we let them know that we want to get in touch with you and that’s the way we air it out.”

Later, Snoop also talked about Game saying that Kanye West did more for him in two weeks than Dr. Dre did for him in his whole career. This was one of the most discussed quotes from the show, and N.O.R.E explains what Kanye himself thought about this comment.

“Kanye looked at it and said, ‘I don’t think that Game should have said that,” explained N.O.R.E “One million percent the truth, Game know this, Kanye knows this. One million percent, I love all sides, but I need to hear Snoop Dogg’s [opinion].” The west coast rapper expressed his view once more, saying:

“That’s his personal experience. That’s a personal situation where he feels that that’s what happened. Maybe Kanye walked him in the metaverse and showed  him the billion dollar scheme on how to get to the billion. He could’ve shown him something, because Dre’s not really good at showing you nothing. He’s basically good at bringing your talents to light, to where it’s about you, not what he do for you, but what you can do for yourself when you’re  upon his guidance. To me, I couldn’t answer that, but Game is my lil homie, so I respect everything he say and do. I don’t ever want to be on the bad side with him. I respect his point of view.”

Snoop also responded to Game referring to him as a “safe artist.” The 50-year-old rapper said that after winning his murder case, his reputation changed dramatically, and it’s not surprising that he’s viewed as a safe artist.

“I guess probably of what I’ve created after that[murder case]. I’ve got football leagues, I do things for special needs kids… Like, the things that I’ve done to create a whole new narrative on who I am, I guess that would make him fell like I was safe. But I’m still a n***a. When I’m driving, the police get behind me, n***a my heart beat fast like the rest of you!”

Snoop claims that Dr. Dre initially refused to do a Super Bowl halftime show. 

Dr. Dre invited Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and Anderson Paak to the Super Bowl LVI halftime show in February.    Following the event, some fans were dissatisfied that certain songs or artists were not included. Snoop explained that many songs could not have been chosen due to the show’s 12-minute time limit. He noted that it was mostly Dre’s decision as to what would make the cut, and that it was challenging for him to cram years of content into twelve minutes.

“First of all he had to fall in love with the project first and once he falls in love with it then he’s got to figure out how he can creatively f*ck everybody up like they never been f*cked up before. […] What people do not understand is, he did not do nothing from the Ruthless catalog, the Death Row catalog, nothing from Snoop Dogg’s catalog. He only had twelve minutes… What could you do in 12 f*cking minutes where you gonna satisfy everybody? Where you gonna satisfy everybody in 12 minutes when your catalogue is f*cking three years long. You’re gonna miss a beat. Where was Ice Cube? That’s the ace in the hole.”

Snoop also revealed that Dr. Dre was initially hesitant about doing a Super Bowl show.

“Dr. Dre called to say, ‘They want me to do the Super Bowl, I don’t know if I wanna do it.’ One thing you gotta know about Dr. Dre is he is a guy that’s in the moment. So, if he don’t feel like he’s got a record that’s relevant at the moment, then he don’t feel like he is the moment. But the convincing is that your records don’t have no moment connected to them, they are the moment.”

According to Snoop, Tupac’s “Got My Mind Made Up” was originally a Nas song. 

Daz Dillinger, who produced and rapped the first verse of “Got My Mind Made Up,” originally claimed the song was written with Tha Dogg Pound’s album in mind. However, the song was handed to Tupac after he was released from prison. Now, Snoop has offered a different backstory for the song, saying that it was made for Nas.

“Guess who was on that song first, Nas. I’m telling you the truth! Nas came over Daz’s house, and got on the song first. Then Redman and Method Man got on that song, then 2Pac got out the pen and Daz gave it to 2Pac and took cuz verse off, but left Method Man and Redman on there. Yeah, you heard it first n***a!” 

In the realm of hip-hop, Snoop must pick between two difficult options.

N.O.R.E. presented Snoop with a game in which he had to select between two rappers, albums, and songs. Here are some of his decisions. The California rapper chose Biggie over Big L, Dr. Dre over Puff Daddy, “Doggystyle” over “the chronic” and “Death Certificate” over “Straight Outta Compton.” However when it came to choosing between Kurupt and Method Man he couldn’t make up his mind.

“Both of them are my n***as, man. I can’t do that to my n***as,” he said while taking a shot.

As a bonus question, N.O.R.E asked Snoop to choose between loyalty or respect to which he replied:

“Love… That’s what it’s about. That’s the ultimate goal man because you could say loyalty, you can say respect, but how loyal is somebody gonna be and how much respect they are gonna get you if they don’t love you… You put love in it and all that sh*t come with it.”

Snoop described what it felt like to be in the midst of the Death Row vs. Bad Boy beef.

Snoop recently drew backlash after hinting a collaboration between Death Row and Bad Boy, the two labels heavily engaged in the ’90s West Coast-East Coast rap feud. N.O.R.E. brought it up since he posted a photo of Snoop with Puff Daddy with the caption “Death Row x Bad Boy,” which prompted others to say this collaboration wasn’t appropriate because people died as a consequence of the dispute.

“I’m more of a businessman and when you learn to be a businessman, you learn how to incorporate everybody,” he said while talking about the Death Row x Bad Boy NFT collaboration. Later, he also explained: “People died, but we had nothing to do with it. We were always the peaceful ones. That’s the epicenter of everything, they tried to get me to not like Puffy and Biggie while we was in the middle of the Death Row-Bad Boy feud. I made a choice that I had no issues with them… I said, ‘I want to do a song with them n***as. That’s how I ended, I ain’t got no issues with Puffy and Biggie, I wanna do a song with them. [….] Some n***as do not like competition, I take it on. I love when a n***a is better than me, because you gonna make me better… It isn’t about hate, it’s about, ‘Oh that n***a dropped a bomb-ass album.’ […] Motherf*ckers didn’t understand that I had enough sense to know that I had just beat a murder case. So now you want me to get in another? While I’m in New York with no g*ns?”

Check out the full interview below: