Dr. Dre produced some of Snoop Dogg’s biggest hits, including “What’s My Name?”, “Gin and Juice” and “Doggy Dogg World.” So, what did the super-producer legend think of Snoop’s recent transformation to reggae alter-ego Snoop Lion?
Dre didn’t understand any of it at first.
“He would see me come to rehearsals with all of my Rastafari, my gear, my hair, my look,” Snoop told MTV News of Dre’s impression of Snoop Lion. “He was just peeping me out, and I let him know I was doing a reggae project and working on the album and whatnot, but he didn’t really understand it until ‘La La La’ came out.”
“La La La” marks the lead single off Snoop’s upcoming reggae album, Reincarnated. Still, though, Dre was a bit baffled at his right-hand man and Long Beach, California collaborator’s direction.
Some of Dre’s bewilderment, however, may have been cleared when Snoop held a formal New York City press conference on Monday (July 30) to announce the transformation to Snoop Lion.
“Now he understands that I’m fully with it and I’m all in it to win it,” Snoop said. “So he gets it, and I got his support. He just didn’t understand it because I didn’t explain it to him. I wasn’t tryna keep it a secret; it just wasn’t time to unveil until now.” Reincarnated has production from Diplo and Major Lazer.
“The chemistry was amazing,” Diplo boasted during the press conference. “The music we wrote all together is some of the best I’ve ever been apart of.”—Jakinder Singh