Earlier this week, Snoop D-O-Double-G released his 15th damn album, Bush. He's been making the press rounds (and getting our own brains on Snoop mode), which led him to do a cool sitdown with Pigeons and Planes. In the piece, we learn that the Doggfather still takes originality seriously, even if he's always down with—and ready to collaborate with—whatever's happening in the hip hop game:
"I love Future, Migos, I love all them. Drake. They my niggas, but I don’t know who is who when the record is over. When I came out as a rapper, everyone had their own style. If you sounded like someone else, that word was called biting. You biting my style, you biting my shit. If you paying tribute, like I did with 'La Di Da Di' with Slick Rick and Doug E. Fresh—I paid niggas who I grew up loving. I’m gonna redo your song, get you paid all over again, and let everybody know it’s your shit, and put a twist on it for the new kids who don’t even know it exist. That’s a different way of showing love as opposed to everyone rapping the same style."
Snoop lead into the totally sensible semi-bombshell by saying, "I don’t know who is who when they doing that rap style, and I love them all!" We love Drake, Future, Migos and the rest of the 2015 squad, but Snoop's too smart and on-point for this to feel "Old Man Yells at Cloud"–y.
Continuing with the theme of originality and signature style and tributes, the artist formerly known as Snoop Lion said, "You can’t put my record and someone else’s on and be like, ‘They rapping the same way.’" True. As hell. He went on:
"Y’all can’t fuck with me. And that ain’t derogatory, that ain’t conceited, that ain’t negative, that’s just an energy of confidence of knowing that my shit don’t sound like yours. Right now it may not win, I may not be the most talked about when I come out, but when the dust clears, I’m still gonna be standing. Because that’s me, it’s not them."
K, back to listening to "California Roll" all day! Go read the full Snoop encounter at Pigeons and Planes.