Snoop Explains Why He Lets Other MCs Write His Rhymes
This year, Snoop Dogg has released lots of new music while also acquiring the label that birthed his career, Death Row Records. Among his songs on BODR (Bacc On Death Row), which released in conjunction with the announcement, Snoop solicited writing from other artists. Although not in the official credits, Snoop revealed that Cordae penned elements of “We Don’t Gotta Worry No More,” a song featuring Wiz Khalifa that is produced by Don Cannon.
Snoop told the Rap Radar Podcast about the ghostwriting and explained why he his comfortable using songwriting from others. “I started off writing,” Snoop told B.Dot, while promoting Day Shift alongside Jamie Foxx. “I started off writing for Dr. Dre, so what would I be if I didn’t allow somebody to write for me? Sometimes you gotta put yourself in the frame of letting somebody else depict a better picture for you because you can’t see everything.” Snoop was a prominent guest on 1992’s The Chronic marking Dr. Dre’s solo debut. Like The D.O.C., he assisted in providing rhymes for Dre. Both worked together on Dre’s “Deep Cover” single ahead of the LP.
watch & listen to @SnoopDogg explain why he allowed @cordae to ghostwrite for him. #RapRadarPodcast: https://t.co/MuEpxyz1aQ pic.twitter.com/swYUTpViGu
— brian b.dot™ miller (@bdotTM) August 25, 2022
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“That’s to the point in my career where I’m at now, where I’ve written so many hit records,” he continued. “It’s not about what I can write sometimes, it’s about what I can’t see that somebody else can write for me.” Snoop points to Whitney Houston’s Bodyguard soundtrack where the singer did several cover songs previously performed by Chaka Khan, Dolly Parton, and others. “I feel like Whitney Houston’s best record was The Bodyguard, when the other people came in and gave her records that weren’t hers, where she could just sit back and just sing and they embodied what they thought she should be.”
According to HipHopDX, Snoop has previously explained that Cordae’s composition was personalized. The MC refered Snoop’s mother in the song, and more in his lyrics.
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Previously, Compton rapper Problem revealed that he wrote for Snoop, especially on 2009’s Malice N’ Wonderland. It was also revealed that JAY-Z penned both Dre and Snoop’s parts for 1999 hit “Still D.R.E.” Notably, last year, Snoop also revealed that he and Tha Dogg Pound’s Kurupt were ghostwriters for his 213 band-mate Warren G. Snoop alleged that he wrote much of 1994’s Regulate…G Funk Era, a Def Jam Records LP that released after Warren’s Death Row relationship soured.
Previously, Del The Funky Homosapien revealed that Ice Cube penned one of his hits, after Del had contributed to songs by Cube. MC Ren also revealed that Dr. Dre, who has used writers for years, wrote a famed verse for N.W.A band-mate Eazy-E.
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BODR features Nate Dogg, Nas, The Game, T.I., Sleepy Brown, and more.
#BonusBeat: A 2017 TBD episode by Justin “The Company Man” Hunte on how ghostwriting in Hip-Hop works, and why it is necessary: