In the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, Snoop Dogg reflects on his career and past, his son pursuing his own dreams of rap stardom, and how some artists refuse to move with the times.
On his son, Corde, following Snoop’s footsteps:
“He’s getting there,” says Snoop of his boy’s rhymes, whose songs have such titles as “Rollin, Rollin, Rollin … Stoned,” “California Gs” and “Commemoration of Vaporization.” Corde’s stage persona is Spanky Danky, and Dad is trying to help spread the word on the music by cracking doors, not kicking them down. “I see myself in him, but he needs to walk in his own shoes,” says Snoop, who was raised by his single mother.
On the photograph Corde posted of him smoking weed with his dad:
“My kids can do whatever the hell they want,” explains Snoop. “For me to say otherwise would be hypocritical. A lot of motherf–ers don’t have a relationship with their kids, and that’s when they get on drugs and have suicidal thoughts and drive drunk. Me and my son is mellow. I’m his father, so I wanna show him the proper way because he looks up to me. What better way to get it than from the master?”
On the music business today:
“A lot of people are still stuck in the ’90s. They think the days still exist where you get a lot of money upfront and labels give you two or three videos with big budgets. That shit’s over with.”
On his new name and past:
“I’m not denouncing my past because it’s part of who I am. I just try to give them ways to avoid it — a football league, rapping, doing movies, making music. … Some won’t become athletes or musicians — they may only be gangbangers, but I still try to show them the righteous way to use their mind rather than a weapon or violence. They say sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me. I heard that years ago, and I still believe it.”
You can read the profile in full over at The Hollywood Reporter.
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