Snoop Dogg Almost Signed Elsewhere Before Joining Dr. Dre

Snoop Dogg says he nearly inked a deal elsewhere before signing with Dr. Dre.

BYCole Blake
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Snoop Dogg says that he nearly signed with a different label before joining Dr. Dre, but they underappreciated him. The legendary rapper reflected on the situation during a recent interview on the Big Boy Off Air YouTube show.

“Y’all don’t know this story,” Snoop told Big Boy. “I was with Above The Law. Above The Law was about to give me a situation — but they had me waiting on the bench. I was behind Kokane; I was behind another girl named [Mz] Kilo, and I was waiting behind Above The Law’s next album that they were doing. But Laylaw and [Big] Hutch and the whole crew, Go Mack and the whole nine. They fucked with me and Warren G; Warren G was they n***a!"

Snoop Dogg & Dr. Dre

Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre during 1993 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

From there, Snoop continued: “So Warren G brought me to them, and they was like, ‘Okay, we gon’ fuck with him!’ But, ‘Sit down there and play that Madden while we work in the studio.’ And this was when we was comin’ from Long Beach to Inglewood, didn’t even know I was going through a Blood neighborhood on the Metro while Warren G was trying to make a career happen. [Dr.] Dre is about to leave Ruthless. It’s not [known yet], but he’s about to leave. I’m just trying to get on. So I’m in here with these n****s every day. Friday, they take me upstairs in the studio — one of the only times. And they play a dope-ass track for me, and they’re like, ‘This yours. Monday, we gon’ record this.’ I’m like, ‘Oh, shit. I finally get to…I’m on, n***a.’”

Nowadays, Snoop is the boss over at Death Row, having acquired ownership of the label from MNRK Music Group in February 2022. He released in 19th studio album, BODR, through the imprint shortly afterward. He also brought the label's catalog back to streaming services, just last month. Check out a clip from Snoop Dogg's interview with Big Boy below, as shared by HipHopDX.

Snoop Dogg's Discussion With Big Boy

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