XXcLusive: Snoop Dogg Using Ghost Writers for Malice in Wonderland

No one can say Snoop Dogg isn’t honest. XXLMag.com caught up with the West Coast legend to speak about his upcoming album, Malice in Wonderland, and the Doggfather revealed that like his last album he will be recruiting the writing talents of other MCs for the project.

When asked if he will be digging into his rhyme books this go-round, Snoop told XXL that instead he will be the mouthpiece for other rappers’ words. “I got a couple of my little homies that’s putting the pen to the paper,” he shared. “I be letting my homies get on by writing and expressing they thoughts through me. I be letting them have opportunities to be a star through me.”

Although it presently doesn’t have a release date, Snoop says he is about “50 to 70 percent done” with the disc. “I’m trying to finish this tour up and then get back home, do a few things to tighten it up,” he said.

The album, which Snoop describes as a “feel good record,” will be released by MTV. As far as the music, the Long Beach rep says “It feels good, back to the basics. I mean, I don’t do all that hyping, that ain’t my thing. I just go to the lab, drop a single and then drop another single, then drop the album. If you fucking with it, you get it. if you ain’t, you ain’t.”

So far Malice in Wonderland features production by Ty Fyffe, Scoop Deville and Drumma Boy.—Eli Mancini with reporting by Clover Hope

  • http://www.sabc.co.za Stimoroller

    Snoop’s growing softer and softer by the album. Thought he’d want to redeem himself after the sensual seduction flop. But then he decides to go the Ghost writer route that send a wrong message to the cats that used to fuck with him during the Death Row days.

  • Curtis75Black

    Well…..if it works, we’ll see.

  • http://youtube.com/thelupend thelupend

    Doggystyle was a masterpiece.After that i just didn’t bother to listen to his albums.It’s so sad that most rappers can never make an album better than their first.(Nas-Illmatic ,Jay-Z – Reasonable Doubt) Im hoping the album will atleast be better than ego trippin.
    Actually nas last album was pretty good

  • Renegade02

    At least he is honest. . . Nah why the fuck did he have to tell us. It just gives me a bad feel when i know that another cat wrote his shit. Coming to think of it. . . is it better to bite or get a ghost writer?

  • Curtis75Black

    @Renegade02,
    It’s better to have a ghostwriter, hopefully not a wellknown one, because it might be too easy to follow the flow and figure out who wrote the song. Biting is blatant stealing. It’s neither here or there with Snoop right now in his career. He has put in work !!

  • Yaw Dankwa

    Seriously, Snoop needs to stop using ghost writers. He can actually rap, he’s good lyrically and furthermore, he’s one of the only rappers I know who actually come off the top off the head when they freestyle.

    Still though, I didn’t mess with his last album when i found out he used ghost writers. And I still won’t if he does again.

    • General

      Snoop has had people helpin write his rhymes since The Chronic and Doggystyle. D.O.C. was the one who helped him back then and its been known that Tray Dee was another one back in the Death Row days that helped write Snoop’s rhymes so I don’t know that there has been an actual time in his career where he has wrote all his own rhymes.

  • Sleepy Wonder

    “I Be Letting Them Have Opportunities To Be A Star Through Me”

    Negro Please!

  • http://www.justice.gov.za GO-Getta’

    I smacked Snoop tha otha day 4 doing the C-walk the wrong way.

    Bitch was like pleeeezzzzz don’t i’ll give u face & invite both lil wayne & baby 2 visit by so we can do it 4sum red lights & blue carpet.

    • Monty B.

      Fake Ass G-UNOT KILLA

    • Honestasicanb

      Yep…and your stories aren’t funny AT ALL.

    • http://XXLMAG.COM INTERNET BULLY

      LAME LAME LAAAAAAAME… SUCK 25 GRAMS OF CORN FILLED SHIT FROM A DOGS ASS WITH A SEE THREW STRAW…

  • Old Snoop > New Snoop

    @thelupend Two Rappers Who were able to Make Albums better Than Their 1st

    The Notorious B.I.G.

    “Life After Death” > “Ready To Die”
    Sophomore Lp showed His Growth as a Lyricist

    Tupac Shakur

    “All Eyez On Me” > “2pacalypse Now”
    Though Pac was never a Great Lyricist,He was a Poet & the One thing that was always evident is his Emotion on records which was much more Heart Felt & Mastered with “All eyez on me”

    Sorry to say Snoop will never top “DoggyStyle” & Using Younger more time Relvant GhostWriters is just another way to steal the shine from up & coming artist.. So unfortunately it may be Time To retire once you’ve lost that hunger to be creative & have to pay others to do it for you

  • music2daears

    anyone who uses Ghost Writers is a JOKE. This is rap. I don’t care what anyone says, in the end it’s all about the lyrics you write yourself. There is supposed to be a message or direction of some sort from an album. How can you do that when different dudes write every song? I hope no one endorses this idea. Snoop and Dre realllllly need to re-think shit.

  • LBDII

    what happened to the all produced Dre album?

    • http://xxlmag jb

      We been getting teased about that album for the last 10 years. Its never coming out dats what happened to it. Just like Helter skeltah, Detox and the NWA reunion. =-(
      http://www.myspace.com/lidujay

  • Mutada al sader the king

    Snoop actualy was spitting some real shit on his twin “Matrix” mix tapes that came out 3-4 years ago (maybe longer). If you have a chance you should try to Bing! them up.

    Far as him using ghosties.. I’d venture to say that it probably happens more often than you’d think, even with your favorite rappers. So I give Snoop credit for being real about it, and upfront. Also, Snoop (with the exception of his pre No Limit days, was really never about lyrics. It was always the style and delivery , thats what I look for when I hear a snoop verse. To bad though, wish he would write his shit. Anyone remember the remix version of Deep Cover?

    Classic snoop verse below

    Splat to a motherfucker face, he fall.
    Strong motherfucker cause he starts to crawl.
    I guess I gots to load the glock again.
    Hit ‘im with the hollow points and watch him spin. Fuck it, I had to do this quick.
    Grabbed the glock 17, the clip went click.
    Tried to detect, but did not detect perfect
    So I creep on that ass, pops him and drops him.
    That ought to stop from beatin’ up blacks,
    Dead in his tracks, from a full six pack.
    Relax, cause I’m about to take my respect.
    I aimed the twelve gauge straight for his neck.
    Boo-yaa! Boo-yaa! then I fade into the wind.
    1-8-7 and it’s on again.

  • THE VOICE

    STOP HATIN ON SNOOP THAT NIGGA IS A LEGEND GHOST WRITER OR NOT!! COWARDS JUST LIKE TO HATE FOR NO REASON!! IF YALL DONT LIKE IT THEN YALL DROP AN ALBUM AND STOP THIS INTERNET HATTING!!

  • ChaMillitary Man

    Foreal stop hating on dude. Let him do him. I mean he is actually putting food on niggas tables by letting them ghost write, and if his shit is hot then it’s hot…

  • shaffaaf27

    crooked i needs to ghoast write for him.

  • ff1one@yahoo.com

    honesty is the best policy.

  • Hi Hater!

    Some1 tell Snoop Dogg to go back to the studio with Dre, OR ELSE KEEP YOUR BULLSHIT ALBUMS TO YOURSELF!!!! HE BEEN GARBAGE FOR A MINUTE…

  • $ykotic

    If they’re getting a check for their services then I’m all for it.

    Because there are plenty of classics & songs out there that weren’t penned by your favorite artists. Believe that. And the ghostwriter didn’t get paid either.

  • DetroitDraper

    Damn thats pretty sad to hear because I had alot of respect for snoop. As far as his off the top freestylin’ to the fact that he has still been puttin out good albums for so long but for you to admit to ghostwriting now makes me question your whole career. I dont respect not writing the words you speak.

  • Gerv

    A big nigga please to anyone sayin Snoop fell off or his last album was weak.He also been proved he don’t need Dre to make hits to all you other sarcastic muthafuckas.

  • http://tonygrands.blogspot.com Tony Grand$

    “If you fucking with it, you get it. if you ain’t, you ain’t.”

    ^^^That’s that good smoke talking.

    Doesn’t surprise me @ all. He said years ago that if something he likes comes his way, he’ll use it.

  • DETROIT

    “Far as him using ghosties.. I’d venture to say that it probably happens more often than you’d think”

    COSIGN!

    DO YA THANG SNOOPY!

    here’s my 2 cents:

    the niggas that write his shit get mad doe, so he is spreading the wealth. niggas always talk about “keep it real” and “you forgot about the homies” but when snoop does something that would really put some money in a nigga’s pocket ya’ll hate?

    i wouldn’t agree with a new rapper doing this, but as far as snoop goes, he’s already a made man in this rap shit. he’s one of the only rappers who have actual star quality outside of rapping. translation, he doesn’t need anymore rap money, so i believe him when he says that he’s just tryin to put other niggas on.

    AND FOR THE RECORD….THERE AREN’T MANY RAPPERS, DEAD OR ALIVE, WHO HAVE AS MANY HIT SONGS AS SNOOP DOGG! so all ya’ll niggas sayin that he’s been wack since doggystyle are either haters or you’ve had you head up your ass for the last 15 years!

  • http://xxlmag.com yogi22

    scoop wrote for dre now he got cat’s doing the same.Its a case of him get’n old

  • El Tico Loco

    I can’t believe some of ya’ll are co signing this shit (SMMFH), if you a rapper, a legendary one at that, please write your own or get help writin but don’t go on recitin other niggaz shit, that’s fuckin karaoke with unknown songs. What the voice? Nigga this ain’t singing is rappin so is an expression of yourself not an interpretation of someone else’s pen game.

    • DETROIT

      so you don’t like “summertime” by the fresh prince?

      • El Tico Loco

        I don’t like the idea of ghostwriting yeah you might RECITE a hot song but I’m gonna look at it like “that nigga ain’t write that go on with that shit”. Same goes for ghostproducers if I pay to hear YOU I want to hear YOU that goes for MF Doom shows also.

        • DETROIT

          i feel you, but at this point i just wanna hear some hot shit…i don’t care who writes it! cuz just like my man said above, you’d be surprised by the amount of ghostwriting that goes on in hip hop. just look at the top artists in the game…drake and gillie have written for wayne, rhymefest has written for kanye. hell, give it to me by jay z was originally a oschino and sparks song! just cuz you don’t write a song doesn’t mean that you don’t have any part in the creative process. which is why most ghostwriters can’t make a hit on their own.

      • El Tico Loco

        He didn’t write that? Not surprised. Nas wrote the Miami joint for sure, still not a good look, same goes for Salt n Pepa and most female rappers, it does make for some hot music but not a big fan of ghostwriters or producers.

  • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

    Commission!!!

    Before I weigh in, I’d like to say that 3rd Testicle aka 3T aka Chameleo-whatever the fuck he callin himself is really trying his hardest to get at everybody… now he’s even stealing our links to use. All, I can say is, give it up.

    Now back to regularly scheduled programming…

    Snoop is that nigga and has been for a while and can pretty much do whatever ever he wants by now. He’s stupid rich, worldwide known and keeps the hits coming (kinda like 3rd Testicle’s face). If he wants to use a ghostwriter, I say we let him… if it’s hot, big up the writers and Snoop. If it’s wack, never hire THOSE ghostwriters again. Period.

    • http://myspace.com/federalranga Federal Ranga

      “Before I weigh in, I’d like to say that 3rd Testicle aka 3T aka Chameleo-whatever the fuck he callin himself can pretty much do whatever ever he wants by now.”

      Thanks for the words of encouragement.

      Commission

  • mellooout

    masta ace wrote summertime
    snoop wrote a lot of the chronic and deep cover

    • http://xxlmag.com LeroyLove

      Snoop aint never been good at writing rhymes. The lyrics he spit for the Chronic was written by the D.O.C., RBX, Kurrupt and Rage. If you listen to Snoops lyrics on the Chronic and his first solo joint, then listen to the songs he released with No Limit Records..its like night and day..

    • http://myspace.com/eazytolove BGREAZY

      I heard Rakim wrote summertime.

  • http://xxlmag.com yogi22

    ^^^^Niggas Real Gay Who clown Bloggers

  • Young History in the Making

    well i heard snoop said that “ego trippin” was ghost written too…so i guess he just gon stick with that concept for this one….wouldnt it be dope if he got malice from the clipse to ghostwrite for “malice in wonderland”? just a thought tho…

  • zayzkidd

    @
    LeroyLove

    This is new to me, as far as I know to this day, Snoop and D.O.C. wrote the Chronic(Snoop wrote the majority). Where did all these other rappers name come in at? I think Kurupt, RBX, and Rage need to go to the person who printed up Snoop and D.O.C. name all over the credits and get a redo.

    • http://xxlmag.com Leroylove

      Listen to each artist CD after the Chronic and Doggystyle and notice whose style changes the most. Rage, RBX and Kurrupt’s flow never changed. Snoop started rappin like Silk the Shocker..lol…and thats sad…it wasn’t until the CD that had him and Xzibit on Bitch Please, did he start getting back to his earlier flow…if RBX, Rage and Kurrupt didn’t write a lot of the Chronics material, then the DOC must have wrote the whole thing himself.

  • NotTheOne002

    Ghostwriting and Ghostproducing have been happening to him and DRE since the beginning. DAT NIGGA DAZ produced some hits off the chronic and doggystyle. Yet he gets no credit for Producing.

  • latino heat

    Snoop has been using ghost writers since at least the No Limit Top Dogg album. if you read the album credits in that album he says “shout out to my ghost writers Tray Dee and Bad Azz”. he’s never tried to hide it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/steelfmonroe Steel Monroe

    I AGREE WITH THE FACT THAT GHOSTWRITING IN RAP IS SOME LAME SHIT(NOBODY LISTENS TO DIDDY…WONDER WHY),BUT I RESPECT SNOOP FOR BEING HONEST AND NOT DOING THE FAKE ASS FUCKBOI ACTION WHICH WOULD BE TAKING CREDIT FOR THEIR WORDS.SNOOP PAID HIS DUES,SO IF THATS WHAT SNOOP WANNA DO AND HE HAS A SICK ASS SINGLE AND ALBUM,NIGGAZ MIGHT SOFTEN THEIR STANCE BY THEN.IF IT’S TRASH…WELL,U KNOW THE REST. DEUCES.

    DOWNLOAD “THE BEST DAMN MIXTAPE”
    http://www.mypsace.com/steelfmonroe

  • minusthecynic

    bow wow wow yippi yo yippi yay
    bow wow wow yippi yo yippi yay
    snoop doggy doggggggggggggg
    love calvin brodus man
    he is the man with the plan
    nobody has made more hits than him
    nobody has made cooler crunker joints than big snoop snoop
    nobody has produced so many great artists like doggys angels and made a huge deal out of the west coast rap scene]
    snoop snoop is the man
    i love u snoop
    come back to oz we miss ur ass down under broz

  • matt swagg

    who gives a shit?? like really?? snoop aint shit anymore n he used ghost writers on his last album, dudes run out of rhymessss

  • http://www.ah-g.net/mazdakes/ Johnny Depp

    Doggfather in Wonderland

  • http://www.myspace.com/stefanopaggiaro Stefano PAJARO paggiaro

    Snoop, you are always great! With Gost Writing or not!

    http://www.myspace.com/stefanopaggiaro

  • Freddy

    Can’t wait to hear Snoop on Ty Fyffe’s beat…I know thats gonna be a hit!!!

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