(AllHipHop News) Before Snoop Dogg became a Rastafarian lion he was one of “America’s Most Wanted” on Death Row Records. In a recent sit-down with VIBE, Snoop explained how Top Dawg Entertainment is vastly different than Death Row Records in the 90s.
According to Snoop, Death Rows penchant for taking the “gangster approach” to music as differing to Top Dawg Entertainment’s “peaceful” approach to entering to music scene:
They’re peaceful, they love, they get down. They got rappers from everywhere and they represent hip-hop and they don’t represent negativity and violence. And tryin to mash and disrespect it. So it’s like, that how Death row came.. We came out disrespectin’ Eazy E and anyone who had a problem with Dr. Dre.
Snoop does believe the controversial 90s record label “paved the way for TDE” and feel that influence manifested in Kendrick’s inflammatory “Control” verse:
Kendrick Lamar flipped out on everybody. That’s that Death Row influence, that may have cause him to backslide and feel a certain way. Which i support fully and his thoughts in what he said…Cause I’m from the West Coast, fuck errbody who got a problem with it.
Ironically enough, TDE’s Schoolboy Q recently spoke with MTV about how he proudly claims to be a gangster rapper and even stated he was the only gangster rapper left on the West Coast:
I’m not necessarily trying to bring gangster rap back. I’m just trying to let you know it’s still here and I’m a part of it. I feel like I’m the only one out of the coast that’s doing this gangster rap sh– the way that it used to be done…how n—as used to put detail in their music not just going to the club and turning up.
Check out Snoop Dogg’s full interview with VIBE below: