Snoop Dogg Comments on Drake and Kendrick Lamar’s Rap Beef, Talks ‘Garfield’ Soundtrack (Exclusive)

Snoop Dogg is officially giving its opinion on the much talked about DuckKendrick Lamar beef that has captivated the world (Yes, even Tom Hanks), and the “Nuthin’ But a G Thang” rapper tells ET he’s not taking sides.

Speaking with ET’s Kevin Frazier at the legendary rapper’s office complex, Snoop took a diplomatic approach to the beef That hasn’t attracted this much attention since the East Coast/West Coast rap of the mid-1990s, which Snoop found himself caught up in amid his meteoric rise from Long Beach. Snoop, along with Tupac Shakur and Death Row Records boss Marion “Suge” Knight, among others, played a pivotal role in rap, particularly with his 1994 East Coast diss, “New York, New York.” The East Coast, with Capone-N-Noreaga and Mobb Deep, responded with “Los Angeles, Los Angeles,” and things would only get worse from there. Tragically, the fight resulted in a fatal drive-by shooting that killed Tupac in September 1996 in Las Vegas. Tupac was 25 years old. Six months later, Notorious BIG was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. Biggy was 24 years old.

This time, Drake’s security guard was shot and seriously injured in the height of your flesh with Kendrick, although it is unclear if the shooting is related to their problem. Fans had also assumed that Snoop sided with Drake after OVO released “Taylor Made Freestyle” featuring AI versions of Snoop and Tupac’s voices. According Billboard, Drake was eventually forced to remove the song from social media amid a threatened lawsuit from Tupac’s estate, but not before Snoop reposted the song on his Instagram Story. The move raised eyebrows, considering that Snoop and Kendrick represent Los Angeles (the LBC and Compton are just 11 miles away), and the fact that they played alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem and Mary J. Blige during the Super Bowl LVI halftime show.

Snoop, however, tells ET that he has nothing but love and respect for the Compton and Toronto natives, especially for raising the bar in the rap game.

Snoop Dogg wearing Olympic gear as he prepares for his role as NBC co-host at the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris.getty

“Well, the only thing I want to say about that whole scenario is that I want to congratulate you both for raising the bar lyrically, songwriting-wise and songwriting-wise because the writing has been improved. Since the confrontation or whatever it’s called, whatever they’ve been through,” Snoop tells ET. “Those are my nephews. I’m not in the middle of this. I support them both and that’s a personal matter, not mine.”

As long as the dust settles (There is a consensus that Kendrick emerged victorious), Snoop will remember this rap issue fondly for Kendrick and Drake’s contributions to the rap game.

“As far as what they did for the industry and the rap game, they made you rap again,” Snoop said. “You can’t mumble and trick your way to a song anymore, buddy. So thanks everyone.”

Meanwhile, Snoop is part of a star-studded cast in The Garfield Movie, in theaters now. Chris Pratt voices the main character. Nicholas Hoult, Ving Rhames, Hannah Waddingham, Brett Goldstein, Cecily Strong and Samuel L. Jackson also provided voices for the film.

As for Snoop, he voices Snoop Cat. Not only that, but he also lent his talents to the film’s soundtrack, which no one saw coming!

“Me neither,” Snoop joked. “But that’s what I’m telling you, my musical experience has no limitations. Whatever makes me feel good. Whatever makes me feel good.”

Snoop said that after recording his role in the film they told him they were thinking about adding it to the soundtrack. Snoop said he also heard another song and wondered if it was Keith Urban.

“I thought, ‘Who was that? That’s Keith Urban!’ I say, ‘I totally agree. You don’t have to ask me twice.'”

Perhaps the best thing about being involved with The Garfield Movie? Snoop can share this with his grandchildren.

“That’s the best part, is that I can show it to my grandchildren,” he said. “A lot of times I do things that are not appropriate for children and they can’t really see them. Everyone knows who I am. I’ve been doing this for a long time, but it’s beautiful to be able to be a part of things that I can show my grandchildren throughout the world, that there is not just one side of Snoop Dogg. Everything has its other side, and when I do things like this, I feel very good because they understand my work. to do the things I do.”

The Garfield Movie It’s already in theaters.

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