Snoop Dogg has opened up about some of the shadier practices employed by his former boss, ex-Death Row CEO Suge Knight. In his path to Hip-Hop domination, Snoop has always been known to give the lesser-known rappers a shot, being fully aware of how difficult it is to break through in such a dog-eat-dog game. In a recent interview with Taj Mahal, HipHopDX reports, the Doggfather talks about new producers taking advantage of him, and how the notorious Suge Knight used to rip off the inexperienced.
"I always give n****s a chance … niggas that aint got no name. I love giving them a chance by rapping on they beats," Snoop said. "I’m just saying when I do that, don’t rob me, rob the next n****s. ‘Cause I’m the n****s you tell people, ‘Yeah, Snoop gave me $20,000 for the beat.’ Nah I ain’t gave you shit, but you tell a n****s I gave you $20,000, that’s how you leverage the game."
Throughout the nineties, Long Beach native Priest "Soopafly" Brooks was working hard to make a name for himself in West coast Hip Hop, producing and playing the keyboards on dozens of tracks. He received some serious help from Snoop, but Suge Knight almost derailed his momentum through sheer selfishness.
"This n****s Slip Capone and CPO [The Boss Hogg], Soopafly did a beat for them and they didn’t like the beat – ended up being the song on the Murder Was The Case soundtrack, ‘9 in the morning feds at my door, off ‘Who Got Some Gangsta Shit,’" Snoop explained, referring to the first song he ever did with Soopafly. "I took the beat, gave him [$5,000], he had never made a beat for nobody, and I gave him his publishing. And I gave him his credit, I could have said produced by Snoop Dogg. I was on Death Row back then, that’s what Suge Knight told me to tell him. He said, ‘Tell that n****s you produced the beat, give him $500 and tell him to kick rocks.’ I said, ‘Nah, I like the lil n****s I think he might be good with our crew and look where he at."
Soopafly, who would later become a Death Row solo artist, would go on to produce "You Thought" and "Freestyle Conversation" on Snoop’s Tha Doggfather album, "Out The Moon" with Snoop and 2Pac on the Gridlock’d OST and "Confessions" from The Lady of Rage’s debut. You can watch the full interview below.