Snoop Dogg joined Fatman Scoop for a recent interview on Instagram, talking to the rapper and radio personality about his relationships with both Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. The West Coast legend detailed just how much love Biggie had for 2Pac, and even if they had one of hip-hop’s most high profile feuds that lead to conspiracy theories surrounding each rapper’s unsolved murder, that it would have ultimately been resolved had their untimely deaths not occurred.
Snoop kicked off the interview talking about connecting with B.I.G. after both 2Pac’s passing and the drive-by shooting during Snoop and The Dogg Pound’s “New York, New York” music video. East Coast legends Capone-N-Noreaga and Mobb Deep responded with their diss-track “L.A., L.A.” even though at the time, it was considered to be a shot at Biggie.
“[Lil] Cease takes me upstairs, Biggie is upstairs in a walker — like what the old people walk around in,” Snoop revealed, talking about a visit with Biggie after both 2Pac’s murder and the “New York, New York” shooting. “He got the little walker sitting at the edge of the bed. And when I walk in the room, we started talking. And then he looked me in my eyes. He said something that — he’s sad that Tupac is dead, but I can look in his eyes and I could see that he hurt. He didn’t even have to say it. I could see that he hurt behind 2Pac being dead.”
Snoop noted that the two rappers never even talked about the “New York, New York” controversy. “This is not a man that’s happy or glamorized,” he continued. “This is his friend that’s dead. They had a misunderstanding and he could never get justice for his emotions. He’s showing me his emotions. He explained to me how much he loved 2Pac.”
After their conversation in that hotel room, Snoop and Biggie would later connect for a studio session in which B.I.G. played him an early cut of “Somebody’s Gotta Die” in which he references the West Coast legend within the first bar of his first verse. “I’m sittin’ in the crib dreamin’ about Lear jets and coupes/ The way Salt “Shoops” and how to sell records like Snoop.”
“They in there smoking some bullsh*t a** weed and I come in there with that thang that killed John Wayne you know what I mean? I pull my weed out and change the temperature of the room. So Biggie at the board and he’s like, ‘Hey Snoop, I want you to hear this sh*t. The motherf*cker pressed play… It was like him letting me know in front of all his homeboys, ‘N*gga I f*ck with you, I love you and I ain’t gone never have a problem with you. So going forward me and his situation, it never was a situation to begin with but we had that understanding that, that’s all in the game of war. You win some, you lose some.”
Later in the interview, Snoop talked to Fatman Scoop about what 2Pac would be up to if he were alive today and detailed his last conversation with him on his deathbed. He revealed 2Pac would have thought the coronavirus was a conspiracy, he wouldn’t have tolerated industry politics and he would have actively been a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Watch more highlights of the interview below.