Turning down Snoop Dogg's offer to portray him in the N.W.A. biopic
If Snoop Dogg had had it his way, the man who would have portrayed him N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" would have been Nipsey Hussle, his young doppelganger and disciple. But Hussle declined.
Snoop spoke on the topic in May 2015, three months before "Straight Outta Compton" hit theaters, during an interview with DJ Whoo Kid. “I would've preferred Nipsey Hussle for the look," he said, "but Nipsey wanted to do his own thing, which I respect.”
"He don’t wanna be in my shadows as far as being so much associated with Snoop Dogg," Snoop continued. "And he’s doing a great job of creating his own lane right now, so I respect him for that. I tried to holler at him though…I feel him cause I’m like, I’m the same kind of way. Like ‘I don’t wanna be up under your shadow forever. I wanna be able to say that I’m just as big as you if not bigger than you."
Two weeks after that interview, Hussle explained his reasoning for turning down the role.
"I study branding," he said. "One of the laws is, don't walk in no great man's shoes... I think I could have pulled it off authentic, because I grew up on Snoop," Nipsey told Big Boy last June (10:00 mark below). "But I just feel like there's people in America and in the world that might not have heard of Nipsey Hussley yet. And that might be the first they get to exposed [to me], as an actor portraying Snoop.... I gotta stick to my guns."