BET.com: Tell me about the new album.
Snoop Dogg: It’s called “Master P presents Snoop Dogg’s Last Meal.” It’s one of the best records I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve grown into a smarter and wiser artist. The things I’m talking about are on a next level. It’s my time and I want to thank everybody who supported me through the years. I promise, I won’t let you down with this record.
How have you grown lyrically since “Topp Dogg”?
I’m just more in depth. I’ve been able to go around the world and rap with all of my favorite rappers so I learned a few tricks from them. I’ve also gotten older and wiser. Once you get older and wiser, you tend to put your style to better or for worse, but I put mine together for better. I’ve been around here so long and been around so many people that have inspired me. And now I’m inspiring a new generation. Just to be able to give back and to get inspiration at the same time is a beautiful experience.
What’s up with the title, “The Last Meal”? Sounds so final.
It is because I’m about to start some new things. I’m gonna be on my own record label and put a new stake in the ground. I’ve been a part of so many great labels and great albums, it’s time to do it for myself.
Are you involved with the new album of your unreleased songs, “Dead Man Walking,” coming out on Death Row?
I don’t support it. I’m not with it and I tell people not to buy it, because it’s not something that I’m a part of. You want to hear some real Snoop Dogg, buy my new record. It’ll be out December 5th and it’s on DoggHouse records. Death Row Records, I don’t do business with them, you know what I’m sayin’? That’s old shit.
What do you think about the title “Dead Man Walking”?
Some negative sh*t to bring me down. They’re trying to create tension between me and them so I could say something bad about them. But I won’t give in. God bless Death Row Records.
On to brighter things. Let’s talk about the Jane magazine Beefcake cover.
(Laughing) You talking about when I was on there with a... No shirt on. You like that? Yeah, some different sh*t. My movie agent got that for me. He was like, it would be good for me to get into this magazine and take a picture with my shirt off. I was like, “F**k it; I’m with it.” I’m down to make changes and try different things. It was cool.
You must be the male MC with the best kept hair in hip-hop. How do you maintain it?
I eat right and I take care of myself. I have a great stylist who keeps my hair looking good at all times. I take care of it because my hair is my strength.
What’s your favorite way to wear your hair?
Probably in the Shirley Temple curls.
Can you tell us what relaxer you use?
It’s all mine; natural. I just like to get it hot curled.
What’s in your CD player right now?
I like old school R&B. I just bought Mystikal and Lil Bow Wow today. I’ma go get that Ludacris album. I like the way his single sounds.
Who’s better - Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears?
Christina Aguilera’s got a pretty voice. I like her voice. No disrespect to Britney Spears; she got a nice voice too, but I think Christina Aguilera could do more soul with her voice. She could probably sound better on hip-hop track than that pop shit she working with.
Should Christina’s people give your people a call about a duet?
She’d be better off doing gangsta records. I would work with her. Why not?