Why Are People So Shocked That Snoop Would Dabble In Reggae? Doggy Dogg’s Been At It For Years
Yesterday Diplo had the blogs burning up with news that he’s working on a reggae album with Snoop Dogg. “Snoop Dogg is an icon, man,” the Major Lazer producer told MTV. “He’s bigger than the music. What we’re doing is a reggae record. It’s like Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer together. It’s all reggae and he’s singing and he’s doing a fucking awesome job and I never knew it, but he had his heart in every song… We’re going to get back into the production of it next month, and I’m really proud of that record. It’s the first record I’ve ever executive-produced and his crew is amazing.” This may explain why we recently heard that Popcaan and Snoop made a song together. We can’t wait to hear what Snoop and Diplo come up with. But we’re a little confused that people seem surprised that Snoop would do a reggae song. Sure he’s better known for his pimpadelic G-funk rap hits, but the Doggamuffin has been dabbling in reggae for years. Let’s rewind back from the top…
1. Dr Dre “The Day The Niggaz Took Over”
Our first glimpse of Snoop’s dancehall stylistics dame during the outro to track #4 of The Chronic.
“Budy-bye… Dr. Dre, he bust gunshots!”
2. Stephen Marley f/ Damian Marley & Snoop Dogg “The Traffic Jam” Remix
Snoop has referred to himself as “Bob Marley reincarnated, pupils dilated” so it was only right that he link with Stephen Marley and Jr. Gong for this song about getting pulled over for puffing lah on the highway.
3. Slightly Stoopid f/ Snoop Dogg “Leaving On A Gangsta Plane” (Remix)
Snoop linked with the San Diego reggae rockers for this high-flying cover of the John Denver classic.
4. Snoop Dogg f/ Kid Cudi “That Tree” (Reggae Remix)
Snoop called on the Lonely Stoner for this 2010 jam, which made for a tasty reggae remix that sounds even better than the original.
5. Dr. Dre f/ Snoop Dogg “Next Episode” (Reggae Remix)
Snoop’s biggest hit from The Chronic 2001 fits perfectly over this reggae riddim.
BONUS: Dr. Dre Plays “Boops” on piano while Snoop, Nate Dogg, and Tha Dogg Pound Freestyle
Snoop isn’t exactly in reggae mode here, but hearing Dr. Dre play Steely & Clevie’s “Boops” riddim on the piano (which is also BDP’s “The Bridge Is Over” riddim, which is also Studio One “Feel Like Jumping” riddim) drives home the point that rap and reggae share the same musical DNA.