Rapper Snoop Dogg says hip-hop has ‘become more than just rapping’

Written by By Linda Roman, CNN

Snoop Dogg is responsible for taking the English language to its biggest heights — in rapping and otherwise.

“I think this country could use a little love,” the 44-year-old rhymer tells CNN Style in London. “You know? Sometimes when people are rapping or when people are singing, they can be like ‘I like the look of this girl, I f—ed that girl, I didn’t cuss her out, I don’t like the look of her dog.’ I don’t like you either, but I’m having a good time.

“A lot of people I know are getting ready to do drugs and get high and thinking, ‘All right, I got to f— that look of that dope dog,’ you know? I don’t like that look of that dope dog.

“I’m not saying I’m saying it’s wrong, but I’m saying enjoy it, because sometimes the artist’s words and actions don’t really represent them.”

These were some of the rapper’s thoughts as he sat in a small hotel room as he promoted his new television show “Paid in Full,” which explores his career and business, described as a scripted music-as-reality-television show.

Watch a teaser of the show below.

Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, said his career — a Los Angeles rap-comedy hybrid — has become “so much more than just rapping.”

“I created the whole marijuana food culture,” he added. “I sold weed for a while before I sold dope. I had the first Starbucks in the world right outside my front door.”

The ex-police dog whisperer, who follows the middle-class people who are caught up in the gangster world, said he has now grown up and started to stop using his platform for altruistic reasons.

“I’ve just grown as a person and as a dad and I don’t have to sell my right arm for no f***ing pride right now,” he said. “Everybody has pride — it doesn’t matter. I’m young, I have to hustle. I’ve got to get what I need for my son.”

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But isn’t it a shame that the Bard didn’t have a Dad who could have said: “Go smoke that weed? I know the Bard, he smokes weed.”

“Damn, to think of [Bard] was me in high school, smoking weed with my best friends. Even before that he was the man,” Snoop said. “You know, before “Lethal Weapon” was “Lethal Fruit.”

“I got you brother. My name is Snoop Dogg. He knew I smoked weed. That’s what he called me in high school.”

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“Paid in Full” airs on August 1 on HBO, and will then be available via PBS’ iO Box. Snoop will also drop the video for the very first single of the new album, called “Drug Trip,” which will be released in late-October.

“I like to take a different approach to my music,” Snoop explained. “I like to relate to it in different ways.

“Growing up, it wasn’t cool to talk about drugs when I was growing up. So, I’ve always had a passion for it, but it never got to me in a way where I felt the need to do anything about it.

“You know, it’s all about how you navigate through it and what changes you go through to get to where you want to be at the end of the day, you know what I mean?”

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