Snoop Dogg & DJ Premier Recall Making The Final Gang Starr Song, An MC Eiht Battle (Video)
Snoop Dogg’s GGN interview series is reaching that whole other level. Tha Doggfather welcomes DJ Premier to the guest seat. Snoop and Premo, who have worked together a number of times, still find a way to unearth some really grabbing stuff here.
Going back to the final Gang Starr album, 2003’s The Ownerz, a casual mention of Snoop’s appearance on “In This Life…” goes on to reveal that it was the final song recorded with Gang Starr as the Guru & Premier unit. While other tunes remain unreleased, that rarity was made in D&D Studios just days before the death of close affiliate/Gang Starr Foundation member HeadCourterz. In the year that followed, Premo would buy the legendary studio, and rename it after his and Guru’s homie.
Moving forward, another crazy jewel is dropped. Although MC Eiht’s discography is nearly five years older than Snoop’s (with early Comptons Most Wanted 12″ releasing in the mid-1980s), Snoop reveals that he battled the Compton legend at a time when the CPT and the LBC (Long Beach) had a major rift in the streets. Heads know that Eiht would later join Snoop in The Warzone (which also includes Goldie Loc and Kam). These two Heads champion Eiht’s work, as Premier is at the helm for Which Way Is West, the upcoming album from the (original) Compton Menace, dropping on Premo’s Year Round imprint.
Also included in this are conversations/opinions on trading verses for beats, Snoop’s early ’90s freestyle skills, and Preme’s new merchandise line. Snoop Dogg also bigs up Smooth B (of Nice & Smooth), who many Heads believe greatly influenced the flow and delivery of the would-be multi-platinum star, as heard on “DWYCK.”
At 20 minutes long, this is a powerful conversation, that shows just how deep two living legends in this thing go, with each other and the culture they’re a part of.
In 1989, who do you think walked away from the battle on top, the 213 MC known as Snoop Dogg, or the C.M.W front man known as Eiht?