Snoop Dogg Celebrates Suge Knight On A Song About Forgiveness & Respect
Snoop Dogg has just released what is perhaps the most anticipated song from his upcoming I Wanna Thank Me album. Last week, the Long Beach, California veteran released a “Countdown” video with Swizz Beatz modeled after his breakthrough smash hit, 1992’s “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang.” With Swizzy’s rendition of G-Funk, the video featured lowriders and some of the same apparel (including a gold Death Row Records medallion) and locations as the iconic moment from Dr. Dre’s album, The Chronic.
Tha Row appears to be heavy on Snoop’s mind for “Let Bygones Be Bygones.” As Tha Doggfather previewed to fellow label alumnus KXNG Crooked in a recent Crook’s Corner episode, this is a dedication to Suge Knight. After Warren G played some 213 music at half-brother Dr. Dre’s pool party, Snoop was brought in. He would become a flagship artist at Dre’s label venture with Suge Knight. Snoop remained a label star after Dre relinquished his stake and Knight was imprisoned. However, in and out of prison, the CEO and artists began dissing Snoop in the late ’90s and 2000s. Snoop has admitted that his life was threatened during that period. He would respond, at times, creating rifts with former proteges, including Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, and Lil C-Style, among others.
The song is short-but-straightforward. Snoop remembers the notorious record executive for putting him (and others) in a position to become enduring Rap superstars. Ahead of Knight’s 28-year prison sentence for killing alleged friend and fellow music exec Terry Carter, he and Snoop took armistice photos together in 2013. “Studio every night, to the early morn’ / Bloods and Crips all moving on one accord / Cuzz did that, took Death Row to the top, my boys did that Caught that case, came out safe, Bloods did that / So through the ups and the downs / Real ones know not to kick ni**as when they down / Especially when we was down, that ni**a picked ni**as up / Gang-bang on N-Y stages, hit ni**as up / Y’all remember that? Yup.”
After recalling the 1995 Source Awards and Knight’s calling out the industry, Snoop remembers when he became a target of the Compton, California native’s wrath. He also puts his role in bringing Tupac to Death Row in the song. “Yeah, he did some bullsh*t, I’m admitting that / But coming at a real Crip like he ain’t one / Especially when he helped f*cking make one / On the dead homies, I was at the motherf*cking top / When I hit my ni**a up and said, ‘You need to grab Pac’ / Told Daz, ‘Hook him up,’ brought straight up out the box / Here’s the gang, here’s the beats / Here’s the keys, here’s the locks / Then he hid them ni**as / It was us cuzz / Look around, it still is, just us cuzz / Dre rich, Nate gone, and Ricky too And look at me, sh*t, I’m ’bout to turn 50 soon / You always said I’d be a star in the game / Now I got a star on the f*cking Walk Of Fame.”
As the song closes, Snoop shouts out the early Death Row artists, including late comedian Ricky Harris and 213 band-mate Warren G. The O.G. also acknowledges Master P, whose No Limit Records bought out Snoop’s contract from Knight in the late ’90s.
The song is produced by longtime Snoop collaborator, DJ Battlecat, who did at least one remix for Death Row.
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