Snoop Dogg Explains How Suge Knight Used To Rip Off Hungry Producers

Snoop tells producers not to rob him, and how not to get robbed by Suge.

While he's best known for his work with Dr. Dre and The Neptunes later in his career, Snoop has always given the up and comers a shot. In an interview with Taj Mahal S-N-double O-P talks about new producers taking advantage of him, and how then Death Row Records head Suge Knight used to rip off the inexperienced. 

"I always give niggas 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 nigga. 'Cause I'm the nigga you tell people, 'Yeah, Snoop gave me $20,000 for the beat.' Nah I ain't gave you shit, but you tell a nogga I gave you $20,000, that's how you leverage the game."

Long Beach native Priest "Soopafly" Brooks became a staple in west coast Hip Hop, producing and playing the keyboards on dozens of songs throughout the '90s. He can thank Snoop Dogg for his start, certainly not Suge Knight.

"This nigga 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, [reciting] '9 in the morning feds at my door, [from] 'Who Got Some Gangsta Shit,'" Snoop recalled, 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 nigga you produced the beat, give him $500 and tell him to kick rocks.' I said, 'Nah, I like the lil nigga I think he might be good with our crew and look where he at."

Soopafly, later a Death Row solo artist, would go on to produce "You Thought" and "Freestyle Conversation" on Snoop's Tha Doggfather, "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.


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  • Anonymous

    anybody else pissed as shit when you read the whole damn article just to find out it's just a youtube video below that shit.

  • SwooX

    My HipHop/Rap Music started before 4 years. When i heard this i just passed him and continued with Wu-Tang Clan and Biggie

  • BlogThugKilla

    Wow....the ignorance is laughable.....Snoop is a legend, that's the long and short of are entitled to your opinion no matter how ridiculous.....I'm just going enjoy a good laugh.

  • DazDilli83

    So, Soopafly went by "San Man" back in the day? That's the credit given to the production for "THE EULOGY" on MWTC Soundtrack. Awesome beat though!

  • EddieMurrrphy

    soopafly in the top five for me for cats comin with them hardcore west coast slaps and rhythms. his grooves get sick on tracks. not to mention every beat hes made has slapped mean outta the trunk

  • Bryant Carter

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  • hooper

    Thats because slip capone is a bitch. U c the big homie didn't even know who he was. Thats real talk right there. The big homie got it right. U show a fool some love & he think u weak. Backwards ass fools. Props 2 SNOOP.

  • jack johnson

    i wonder if Dre was taking credit for beats like that

  • James

    He should just go hang with Lee Iacocca or Katy Perry. He could try to trick suckers into buying trashy cars again with Lee or work on his image and marketing with Katy (maybe the could die each others hair blue and braid each others hair on the front porch.) I miss the old snoop who stuck to the rap game. The current Snoop Honkey Dogg might as well go live with Puff, and his stable of swishy homeboys.

  • FromDat202

    That's whats up. Soopafly is very SLEPT and rhymes. And be many of yall like Snoop's new song 'Sweat'?

  • MuddyWaterz

    Snoop Dogg sold his soul to the devil...thats why he gets to live this luxurious lifestyle. Proof: Murder Was the Case track: Satan-"Bring your lifestyle to me I'll make it better" Snoop-"How long will I live?" Satan-"Eternal life and forever" Snoop- "And will I be, the G that I was?" Satan-"I'll make your life better than you can imagine or even dreamed of"

    • Brown Suga

      He gets to live a good lifestyle cause he left Death Row and Master P taught him how to get that money. He's 40 and he is not in the hood gangbanging. What do you expect him to do? Plus he so high he think the shit sound

    • EddieMurrrphy

      yawn. really bro? you are obviosuly joking...

  • Brookaveli

    Snoop basically is saying "I'll take their beats for free, but they can lie and say that I paid them."

    • EddieMurrrphy

      do you need to watch the interview or something. was the article not clear enough for ya? you misunderstood homie.

  • Juan

    Go kick rocks Snoopy! 15 years later and still can't keep Big Suges name out his mouth. Snoops career has been made by talent around him, not his own. He should thank God for Suge, Dre, Pac, and others. Someone needs to give him a dirt nap so he can lay with his homeboy Orlando. Jealous ass...

  • former Snoopfan

    Snoop's funny as hell. He should stop rapping and just do comedy movies. As an artist he's played out. And he's a big sell-out too. Working with corny popstars all the time.

  • Atl2Trill

    Snoop always been a real nigga. Now I see why Suge's grimey ass is irrelevant. Because he was doing people wrong.

  • Makeda Mind

    I liked this interview. I may not agree with much of the brotha's lifestyle, but I appreciate that he isn't trying to rob his brothers. Very peace.

  • liquidswordsman

    the fuck is a nogga?

    • Ganjarelli

      Nah I think thats just how Snoop says it sometimes to put some emphasis on it. Homie always comin up with his own words. ex: "shizzle for rizzle my nogga"

    • Greasy Ghost

      It's from Caddyshack 2.

    • 905

      HHDX has been littered with spelling errors lately. Can't even spell nigga right. They really need to get an editor to look at their articles before they publish them. It makes them look unprofessional.

  • Bilal A. Siddique

    all of snoop's recently shitty music aside, this was a nice read and i'm glad to know snoop didn't do anyone dirty.

  • Luis Reynoso

    Nice to see an OG in the industry dropping knowledge and showing that business doesn't always got to be dirty...good looking out snoop!

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