Contrary to the Internet, Snoop Dogg’s New Album Will Not Be a Sequel to ‘Doggystyle’

Believe it or not, it’s been almost two decades since Snoop Dogg burst onto the rap scene with his seminal album, Doggystyle. There’s no doubt the Long Beach emcee is sensing his role as elder statesman of hip-hop, as evidenced by his eleventh album, Doggumentary Music, slated for release in the next few months. Snoop claims the record will be a career retrospective of sorts, and shoots down internet rumors that it acts as a sequel to Doggystyle. The first single, “Wet,” has been getting extra attention, after rumors flew that Snoop would perform it at Prince William’s bachelor party. After the jump, we talk to the legendary rapper about the making of his new record, his dream collaborator, and the current state of hip-hop/ (Ed. note: At the time of this interview, I did not know Dr. Dre released a video for his single “Kush”, which features Snoop Dogg, and he was not happy.)

So, tell me about you new album. Some people have been calling it a sequel to Doggystyle? It ain’t. I don’t even know where that came from, I don’t even know who put that shit out there. There is never going to be a sequel to Doggystyle unless Dr. Dre produced it and popped the bottle. I don’t know where that came from, but this record is called Doggumentary. What it is, is basically me documenting my career and my life from the beginning of hip-hop when I started, to where I am now, but not in a chronological order. It’s just the progression of me as an artist and me making songs that feel good and doin’ what I do best, and what I’ve become accustomed to. So I don’t like this Doggystyle 2 talk, because to me, Doggystyle was remarkable, and it’s a classic that can never be done again unless the formula was there that created the first Doggystyle.

So you have no idea where that rumor came from? I don’t know, I might have said something, but people always ramble. They always run my words and do what they do, but I never said this was Doggystyle 2. The only way this could be Doggystyle 2 is if Dr. Dre was to do it from top to bottom.

Is he going to be on the album at all? There’s about a 75% chance that he’s gonna be on the album, but there’s a 100% chance that I’m gonna be on his album.

I hear that Swizz Beatz has given you some music for the album. Yeah, Swizz gave me a lot of songs. He gave me a lot of great music, so I’m looking forward to getting back in the studio with Swizz, and I feel like with Swizz, we got to be in there together. He gave me some dope beats to go home with, but I want to go back in the studio with him and make a hit record on the spot, because that’s usually what me and him do, we make it on the spot, we’re spontaneous.

What other producers are you working with? Scoop DeVille gave me some heat, Rick Rock, Mr. Porter Denaun, Battlecat, David Banner – it’s a variety of music on there. Any time you buy a Snoop Dogg record, it’s not like the usual – it’s not like the record you heard before, it’s always something brand new. Timbaland sent me a song I might use on my album, I really like it. It’s like a real big sports anthem – victory and celebration – it’s one of those songs.

Where does this fall within the pantheon of Snoop albums? Is it something people are going to be able to compare to other albums? Are you revisiting, exploring new territory? I think everything you said is all in that album. It’s what you would expect from Snoop, and then something different. It’s me taking chances and making music that feels good to me, and that I’ve been wanting to do for a while that I’ve not been able to do, and I’m finally able to make the music that feels good to me without no pressure.

What will you be rapping about on the record? A lot. It’s going to be some shit where I reminisce and go back, and it’s going to be some futuristic shit where I rap about the future, and it’s going to be shit that just feels good, and I’m rapping about nothing but what I’m feeling. Because when you make a record, it’s got to be like a movie. It’s got to have different scenes and different moments, you know what I’m sayin? There’s got to be a high point and a low point and a coasting point, so I try to get you all in between.

Why did you think “Wet” is a good choice for Prince William’s bachelor party? Because everybody knows that if you’re gonna have a bachelor party, you gotta have a lot of girls there, right? Why not make a song to make the girls get wet and have a good time. Perfect choice, right? And when it’s wet, it goes in real easy.

What’s the state of hip-hop today? Hip-hop is in the best place it could possibly be in, because everybody needs it in rder to continue in what they’re doing. Hip-hop is the only genre that’s a part of every other music genre – country, jazz, pop, r n’ b, rock – they all have to borrow from hip-hop. And hip-hop is the only culture that stays true to what we do. We don’t have to have pop artists on our shit for us to remain who we are.

Is there a producer out there that you haven’t worked with that you’d love to work with? Quincy Jones.

Good answer. Might that happen? I don’t know if Quincy ever gonna ever produce again. He’s a friend of mine, and he knows how much I want it.

Do you know the official release date of Dre’s album? I mean, the “Kush” single is out. Don’t that mean when a single comes out, that the album’s coming out?

Yeah, the “Kush” single is online, but I haven’t seen a video. It do got a video. Where the fuck you been? You’ve been reading magazines too long. Get out there and turn Youtube on.

You do? I didn’t know that. You slippin’ on your pimpin’ man. You interviewing Snoop Dogg and you ain’t even got your shit together. Get off the interview with me and get on Youtube. Type up Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. You been on all that pop shit, type in some real shit, “Kush,” Dr. Dre and Snoop Dog it’s gonna pop right up.

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