Snoop Dogg & Eminem Have Been Feuding For Months. Here’s Why
Two of Dr. Dre’s greatest proteges are Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. He developed one esteemed lyricist at the top of the 1990s during the establishment of Death Row Records and the other at the tail-end of that decade, solidifying his Aftermath Entertainment imprint. Ever since, Snoop and Em partnered (with Dre and others) for the Up In Smoke Tour as well as “B*tch Please II,” a second bite of a song Dre, Snoop, Xzibit, and Nate Dogg had created over a year before. That song landed on Eminem’s Marshall Mathers LP. Ever since, all seemed lovely between these parties.
In July of 2020, Snoop and Eminem are at odds. Last year, Snoop omitted Eminem from his Top 10 MCs list when he appeared on The Breakfast Club. Pushed about the exclusion, Snoop said, “[Dr. Dre] probably put Eminem in the position that he would be considered one of the top 10 rappers ever…I don’t think so, but the game thinks that he’s a top 10 lyricist and everything that comes with it. That’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre.” However, Snoop argued that Eminem took a backseat to some of his Top 10 players. “There’s some ni**s in the ’80s that he couldn’t f*ck with, like Rakim, like Big Daddy Kane, like KRS-One, like LL Cool J, like Ice Cube…I ain’t got no time to play. It is what it is. Cuzz did that. He did that to the fullest…He did that, but when you are talking about this Hip-Hop sh*t that I can’t live without, I can live without that.”
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg perform at Coachella 2012 with Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and 2Pac’s Hologram
In the closing weeks of 2020, Eminem responded—on wax. On his song “Zeus,” Marshall spit, “And, as far as squashing beef, I’m used to people knocking me / But, just not in my camp / And diplomatic as I’m try’na be / Last thing I need is Snoop dogging me / Man, Dogg, you was like a damn god to me / Nah, not really, haha / I had ‘dog’ backwards / But I’m starting to think, all these people takin’ shots at me / Sh*t, it’s no wonder.” Eminem doubled down in interviews on Sirius XM to support his expanded edition of Music To Be Murdered By, claiming Snoop violated the family atmosphere by digging in.
On January 2, Snoop publicly called Em’s “Zeus” diss “soft-ass sh*t.” Soon after, a Clubhouse conversation saw Tha Dogg Pound’s Daz Dillinger allege that the bad blood in the matter stems from Eminem’s refusal to appear on a Snoop Dogg album—something he’s never done, despite “B*tch Please II.”
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Then, on January 12, Snoop Dogg now said “we’re good” in the comments to an Instagram post alleging beef between him and Em. However, many Heads can speculate that something is up. That is the hot topic we consider in this week’s episode of the What’s The Headline podcast from Ambrosia For Heads. The discussion addresses who was out of line, is the harshness justified, and why Eminem has become such a frequent target in Rap. Additionally, we debate whether or not this is a pre-game setup for a potential upcoming Verzuz battle.
Those issues, along with Duke Bootee’s passing, Dr. Dre’s health, and a new case of rappers being convicted for their lyrics, are this week’s big topics.
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Heads can catch recent AFH What’s The Headline interviews with Prince Paul & Don Newkirk, Statik Selektah, Lyric Jones, The LOX, MC Eiht, Mobb Deep’s Havoc, Duckwrth, and Lord Finesse. All episodes of the show are available wherever you stream your pods.
Here Is What Else Is Happening Of Note:
Discussed in this week’s What’s The Headline episode, Oswin Benjamin has released Joy Comes In The Mourning. The independent album from the New York MC/singer includes involvement from Robert Glasper.
Duke Bootee’s Rolling Stone obituary by Daniel Kreps
Jay Quan’s 2020 The Foundation video tribute to Duke Bootee
As discussed in this podcast, veteran producer Kev Brown and J Scienide team for Stray From The Pack, on Static King/Fat Beats Records.
Veteran music executive Mark Pitts is named President of RCA Records. (Revolt)
#BonusBeat: Ambrosia For Heads’ official playlist, featuring new music from Statik Selektah, AZ, Tobe Nwigwe, Royce 5’9, Black Thought, Busta Rhymes, Ill Bill, Nana, Cordae, Lyric Jones, Nas, Oddisee, Boldy James, Benny The Butcher, 2 Chainz, REASON, Jack Harlow, MC Eiht, The LOX, and others.