Some look to Neil deGrasse Tyson to make sense of how and why we're here. But Snoop Dogg already told us how the earth was made: "When the pimp's in the crib, ma, drop it like it's hot." And that's how we came to be, we're popcorn out of the void. Somewhere amongst the infinity came California and 1990, when Warren G gave Dr. Dre Snoop's tape, pre-Chronic. Then came juices, gins, matter-forming atoms, and Doggystyle. Neil deGrasse Tyson can sip Courvoisier and debate intelligent design all day, but Snoop has better earth-mother verses: "Through all the drama, I love my mama." So put down your calculator, Neil. Snoop has the multi-platinum code: "It's the knickknack patty wack... The world keeps spinning to the D-O-double-G-Y."
Now let us move to the 2004 film Soul Plane, with Snoop starring as Captain Mack. In the movie's takeoff scene, he hangs fuzzy dice, rolls a joint, and says to the passengers, "What's crackalackin'? Welcome aboard NWA Flight 069. I'll be hittin' them switches and gettin' this bitch pumpin' and jumpin'. So screw your shit on tight and enjoy the flight." Snoop as a captain doesn't have to do much acting. Born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., the six-foot-four Snoop is a funk-filled hiphop pillar from Long Beach, California, who has sold more than 30 million albums. His eased tones and rhymes are so laid-back and succinct, they're laid-forward. Having clocked in his Huggy Bear and Snoop Lion time, Snoop Dogg is back, touring (and reportedly recording) with Wiz Khalifa. Also, Captain Broadus may or may not be working on his 13th and last solo studio album as Snoop Dogg. He spoke from an undisclosed Los Angeles studio, where he was recording.
Looking forward to your Wellness Retreat Tour, sir. Will there be mud baths and juice bars? The Wellness Retreat will be real dope. Hello, Seattle, hello. We're going to take it higher than ever. You bring the mud, I'll bring the bath. Actually, don't bring mud. If you can get a bath in the building, be my guest.
On Reddit, you said you smoke 81 blunts a day. That's a good number. Nine times nine doing math. You all do right in Seattle being legal. That's what I say. Tax it if you need to.
I was introduced to LA's Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles by one El Mizell, Larry Mizell Jr. He's Seattle's resident hiphop adviser. We don't have Roscoe's here—can you pull some strings and get them to put one in Seattle? I'll see what I can do.
Please advise us on what to get when we go to Roscoe's. The extra syrup, eggs. All that. What should we get? I want to do it right. Yeah, you need to get cheese on the eggs. Get that for sure. You probably need to get the Oscar—grits, waffles, eggs, and three wings. And a biscuit with whatever jelly you want in it. Maybe corn bread. Maybe drumsticks. I told Larry King that Roscoe's chicken ain't that Shake 'n Bake business, this is a tip-top recipe handed down through the years, you feel me? Mix that up with rice and gravy. Get greens in there with some potato salad. Egg whites, 'cause you got to go healthy. That's a plan.
Is the Snoop eating mind like the Snoop writing mind? How do you get your mind pulling words over and around a beat? Is there a way it usually happens? I listen to the beat and go wherever it tells me to go. Sometimes I'll have a story I want to tell, but it has to go with the track.
Your imagery is well formed. Where you cut phrases, where you hesitate and punctuate thought-mazes. You're a master weaver. Who did you learn from? How did you improve? In what ways are you still learning? I learned from the forefathers of the game who came before me. They laid the foundation. I improve by staying around the young guys. They keep me on my toes. You can always learn how to do something better than the day before, so I just keep doin' it. Thought-mazes—I like that.
What's some of your favorite music that might surprise us? Someone you're into, like Cher, who we might not know you're into. I like all kinds of music. I mostly listen to old-school songs and slow jams. And Cher, yeah, she's all right. She's doing her thing, I have respect.
What's some of the craziest shit that's ever happened at one of your shows? Like some dude dressed up as Papa Smurf onstage. Or the actor that played Gandalf from the Hobbit movies was at a show and it freaked you out. The craziest shit I've seen is any time I'm in Europe [laughs]. They know how to party. Gandalfs all over the place there. Nonstop. Can't remember any Smurfs. There's probably been some Smurfs, though. Like in Germany or something.
When you think about Dr. Dre, what's the first thing that comes to mind? When I think about Dre, the first thing that comes to mind is perfectionist.
Who are the rappers you're excited about now? I'm excited about a lot of the guys coming out of the West Coast. My nephew YG is killing it right now. And I like Future. I like Young Thug.
You've been coaching some football, I believe. What's your coaching style? My coaching style is aggressive. Hammer the ball. Run 'n' gun. I coach offense, and K-Mac, Kevin McCall, coaches defense.
Where do you think your son will play college football? You know Nate Dogg's son is going to play for the University of Washington, I think. It's up to my son. You would have to ask him about it. He's keeping it a secret and doesn't tell me anything.
I was reading something about Bunny Wailer saying you had "failed to meet your commitments to the reggae culture." Or something. Maybe I read it wrong. What's he talking about? Seems like you're committed to culture all the time. You're a true artist who has been doing it for a long time. You're committed as hell. No comment.
You have your own herbal vaporizer. Did you Snoop it up? Yeah, it's called the G Pen, and it's a great vaporizer. It's got a map of Long Beach on it. They came out real nice.
What's it like having your own brand of Cadillac? It's not bad. It's a green '74 Coupe de Ville. Well, it used to be a Coupe de Ville. Now it's the Snoop de Ville.
What's next for you? Any more Snoop Lion? Huggy Bear? Playing for the Lakers? The Lakers could use you. Is this album with Symbolyc One your last as Snoop Dogg? Album with Wiz Khalifa? You'll have to wait and see. I'm in the lab right now!
You play Seattle on April 19. That means at midnight it's going to be 4/20. Holy shit, Seattle might fall into a Puget Sound of weed. First the Super Bowl, now this. We'll keep it all wellness up there, don't worry.