Interview with The Dogg

Q–W’dup Snoop? Thanks for setting aside some time for us to drop by and chat with you. We just walked by all of your lowriders in the front and were wondering how and when did you earn your stripes in lowriding?

A–When I was younger, all of my older homeboys used to low ride. I used to always see them as a kid and I used to want to do it just like them. I wanted to have a car and hook it up [so I could] make it fly. As soon as I was old enough to buy a car, I got into it and started stepping up my game.

Q–Of all of your lowriders, which one is your favorite? And which ones follow in rank?

A–I like the Laker car (convertible gold Pontiac), the ’69 Riviera is fly [too], but I can’t deny the Cadillac Eldorado because that’s the “Super Fly” car. [It’s the] real pimp. The’76!”

Q–Oh, so you’re a Caddy man?

A–All the time! Everyone knows!

Q–The last Snoop De Ville that I saw was candy red and now I see a blue one parked right by it. What’s up with that?

A–Yeah, we had to step the game up and give it different flavors like Life-Savers. The blue one is a newer model.

Q–Since lowriding is a multi-cultural passion, which has been represented by Latinos and African Americans, LRM has recognized that we have not featured as many Blacks as we should. How do you feel about the change in our direction as well as the scene itself?

A–Yes, I think that’s a good thing because lowriding has been in the African American community for a long time and we’ve been doing it a long time alongside the eses (Latinos). It’s all love when it comes to lowriding [because it’s] the one thing that we can all be in and get along in.

Q–Is this a topic which needs to be discussed more?

A–I think that people should speak on that more despite what our differences may be. We put all that to the side when it comes to lowriding and it’s a good sport [that has] a good spirit. I’m glad that LRM is opening up and keeping it real. They’re letting us have a piece of the pie and letting us display our automobiles. It’s all in love and peace.

Q–Snoop, you’re always talking about lowriding and hittin’ switches in your songs. Is this coming from an enthusiast standpoint or as a spectator standpoint?

A–I’m not just playing around or just rapping about it. I gotta show the world my cars and show that I’m really doing it.

Q–Okay, your main man “Slice” helped bring out your cars to today’s photo shoot. Who is Slice?

A–Slice is my car coordinator. I give him my ideas and he makes it all come to life. I can see a car out on the streets for sale and we’ll take it from scratch as is. I tell Slice how I want it to look like, what color, what kind of picture (mural), what kind of rims and tires, and what kind of system [should be] in it. [Then] he comes back like a magician with it already made! [Sometimes the process happens in about three weeks!]

Q–When you’re out cruising, or maybe just kicking it at the pad, let us know what your favorite drinks are.

A–Definitely orange soda. Orange Sunkist is stepping this game up to the top! I can’t forget my other favorite, VSOP. For beer, I like that MGD (Miller Genuine Draft) in the bottle. Oh, that black and gold!

Q–Okay, last question for you. You gotta plug that new movie Soul Plane. What’s that all about?

A–It’s the story of a young Black man who inherits his own airline company and turns it into an all-Black airlines and he hires me as his pilot. It’s all a beautiful situation and a funny movie, so you can take the whole family out to see it. I even have the seats from one of the airliners. The movie people said that I wouldn’t make it to the movie set on time and I bet them that I would.

Q–How much was the bet for?

A–They bet me like $3,000 and the airplane seats that you’re sitting on.

Q–Snoop, thanks for taking the time out.

A–The pleasure’s all mine. Thank you.