Snoop Lion Comments On The Deaths Of Tupac & Biggie Opening "Certain Lanes" For Artists

posted Wednesday April 24 ,2013 at 01:30PM CDT | 25 comments

Snoop Lion Comments On The Deaths Of Tupac & Biggie Opening

Snoop Lion feels he has the "right to" pursue a reggae career, says Dr. Dre and other notable artists support his move.

The tragic passing of both Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. arguably changed the course of Hip Hop and according to noted West Coast artist Snoop Lion, the deaths of both rappers opened up the lanes for several of today’s successful rappers.

While speaking with Power 105.1's The Breakfast Club, Snoop stated that the absence of both rappers opened up “certain lanes” in Hip Hop that would have not been made available had the rappers been alive today.

“You know what, I had that discussion two or three times and I always come to the conclusion that a lot of artists wouldn’t be as big as they are if they were here. And that was with no disrespect. It’s just certain lanes opened up for artists when they were gone…On the bar a lot of rappers wouldn’t be where they are. I can’t say they names because I love ‘em all, but certain rappers that had big years, big albums,” Snoop explained. “When he was gone, that wouldn’t have been there. When he was gone, that wouldn’t have been there. That would have been his lane and that would have been his lane. And you wasn’t stepping on Biggie or Tupac lane.”

Despite this week’s release of Snoop Lion’s reggae album, Reincarnated, he’s still found himself defending his switch from a Hip Hop artist to a reggae artist.

Before speaking on his “right to” move to another genre, Snoop commented on the Mind Gardens program he brought to Jamaica, which teaches those in various communities how to grow produce they can later use for themselves and also sell.

“A lot of people come to Jamaica, steal they culture, run off and make money off of it. So, I get that. Jamaica is a very poor country. There’s not a lot of opportunity. So, I get that,” said Snoop in a video posted on RapRadar.com. “And then the musicians they treasure and they respect what they have and that’s theirs, that’s their reggae music…They all respect my move man because I built this man. Twenty-something years on that Hip Hop tip, doing what I do. I got the right to step out and do what I do.”

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  • yas
    As much as i like snoop dogg, he surely is trying to make him self sound bigger than he is. He only had 1 dope album.
  • fillup
    he talking about Craig Mack and Scarface
  • My Name
    R.I.P. Snoop Dogg's career 1993-1993. Tha Doggfather is his only good album.
  • Anonymous
    If Biggie and Pac were alive wack ass Snoop would be working at mc donalds.
    • Anonymous
      #dontfeedthetrolls
  • Art Brooks
    I think U knew Pac was gonna get murked during that trip to Vegas, Snoop. (Not that U had anything to do with it). But U couldn't say shit to nobody or U and your fam would've been next.
  • Anonymous
    Fuck off nigga Pac didnt like you ass anyway. Nigga used to listen to Biggie and when Pac came in he switch the channel, what a bitch. Like Snoop was afraid of Pac. lol westcoast rap is ded since 1999! And dont talk about Game that nigga only can drop names and bite flows and voices.
  • IROC
    SNOOP LION THE G.O.A.T. We have watch this young man grow into a positive man who still deliver great music !
  • stylze
    he aint going to name names but when ja rule called his ass out he started saying shit like "cali dont get no air play but you be hearing that whack ass ja rule and bobby brown joint everywhere" suge knight and murder inc are close and we know how snoop felt about suge
  • stylze
    pac wasnt even cool with snoop before he died....i read this shit str8 out of snoops mouth. i like snoop but pac didnt trust nobody espically if you go saying " i love biggys music" while your homie has serious beef with them. then snoop went on to say ny rappers are whack but yet he was ridding 50 cents tip
  • kato5209
    I believe if Pac was still alive, Dr. Dre would have still been hiding behind da scene off Pac callin him gay so there wouldn't have been an Eminem to recruit. N like everybody else said about BIG, of course Jay wouldnt of been big as he is today, he was always nice when BIG was around but BIG would've still been da face of Brooklyn.
  • Anonymous
    WESTCOAST RAP DIED IN MAINSTREAM WHEN PAC DIED. SINCE THE INDUSTRY WONT GIVE ANY WESTCOAST RAPPERS A CHANCE
    • Evanator
      Umm,really? Does Chronic 2001 ring a bell?
    • Anonymous
      Sit down. You're drunk.
  • Anonymous
    DEF TALKIN BOUT JAY-Z. JAY "HAD" SKILLS BUT WOULDNT BE KING OF NY. OTHER RAPPERS THAT WOULDNT BE ON TOP OR AROUND: DIDDY, RICKROSS, 50CENT,LIL WAYNE..BUT ON THE OTHER HAND I THINK PAC WOULD HAVE RELEASED ALLOT OF DIFFRENT STYLE AND DIFFRENT RACE RAPPERS
  • Anonymous
    talking about jay z, lox, diddy, DMX and any other late 90's rapper
  • dentaldamboy
    That's right. We all know that Jay-Z is a rat and had something to do with Biggie's murder. He's the only person who stood to benefit from it. Diddy would have wanted Biggie alive to keep making new music. Suge and Pac wasn't Biggie alive becuase the beef was selling albums. Only Jay benefited from BIG's death. You pathetic Jay-Z stans have no comeback here. Jay is the worst thing to happen to rap music, ever. He is only out for himself.
    • dentaldamboy
      fuck my conspiracy theories mam forgot to give me my meds
  • IMhO
    def talkin about jayz..but jayz got skill its not like hes some bum
  • Anonymous
    who takes this crackhead seriously these days what a retard
  • Anonymous
    it's easy to name drop people here....but one must realise that it's all speculation, mere opinions of what could have been....who knows, when it's speculation anything is possible.
  • BLACK
    UNCLE SNOOP!!!
  • Anonymous
    must be talking about Jay-Z
    • Anonymous
      Yup, I think you right there. I mean, try and picture it, Jay-Z being as big as he is with B.I.G. around. I just can't see it.
    • Anonymous
      talking about Jay-Z, DMX, definitely Ja Rule, me personally i wonder how Eminem would have done if Pac and Big had never died, especially when that racist tape would have surfaced