Snoop Dogg recently sat down with Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHopTV to talk about his forthcoming album titled “Neva Left,” which will be released on May 19th.
On the album’s direction
I wanted to make a record that could represent who I’ve always been. Who I’ve been for the past 25 years and at the same time put a brand new twist on it. Musically, sonically and lyrically. And just do what I do best. Representing hip hop, the way that I represent hip hop.
On the KRS One and Too Short features
A lot of the old school artists and music … it’ll never die. It’s all about how you present it. One thing we like to do is present music in a fashion to where it’s musically first and it makes you feel good. Dynamically, you can’t put a time or an era or period on it because it feels good right now. Anytime you play a record that feels good right now, it’s gon’ feel good later in life as well.
On the difference between his last album “Coolaid” and this one.
I believe that album was more about me creatively making a record that was about that moment. And really wasn’t about me making a statement. It was just me throwing a record out that I felt good about, ’cause I wanted to do it.
This one is more about a statement to be made as far as … I really wanted to go in and fine tune it. And make sure it was lyrically on point, the production was tight, the concept was on point. And that the record had a meaning. So, when people heard it and listened to it they knew what it was about as opposed to trying to figure it out.
On not being opposed to collaborating with other writers
I’m open to let other people get down with me ’cause that’s how I got my start, writing for Dr. Dre. I’m never too big to say you can’t write for me or present me something. But on the ‘Neva Left’ record I went in 100% by myself. ‘Cause I felt like it was statement time. Sometimes you gotta go to war by yourself. That way, in case it don’t work you get all the blame. And if it do work, you get all the blame.
On Tupac Shakur
We were like brothers. If you know anything about siblings. You argue, you fight, you love, you got each other’s back and you do anything for each other. That’s basically our relationship wrapped up in one big ball.
On where we’re at as a country
Man, I don’t know where we’re at as a country. It’s like [Trump] is running audibles at the line of scrimmage. What is his playbook? I’m sitting back watching like y’all. I don’t want to offend nobody and say nothing the wrong way, but at the same time I’m confused.