Snoop Dogg talks Catalpa, the 20th anniversary of ‘Doggystyle’

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg is a busy man. In the past few months the rapper and music mogul has participated in a landmark live concert performance with his dead friend, released “Ladies First,” a mixtape of artists he’s working with and just earlier this week released a single from his upcoming reggae album. To say nothing of the preparations he’s made for this weekend’s Catalpa festival, which he headlines with the Black Keys. So when tha Doggfather asked if he could do an interview via e-mail, we accepted. We made only slight tweaks to his answers as for punctuation.

Are there plans for any surprise collaborations at Catalpa?

I always have surprises for my fans, you’ll have to stay tuned, ya dig?!?

“Doggystyle” will turn 20 next year, and you’re performing the album in its entirety on Sunday night. Tell me about any other anniversary plans you have to commemorate the release.

I got sumthin on tha back burner but u gotta stay tuned in to see what that is. Be on da lookout for sumthin real special to keep ya knockin for anutha 20, ya dig?!?

Does it feel like that really was 20 years ago?

Time flies when u got a schedule and stay busy like myself. I stay ready so I ain’t gotta get ready.

Speaking of a lasting legacy, your daughter has entered the music business. How do you keep her safe from the darker sides of the biz?

It’s a learning process each day that we are both going through. Less bulls— the better.

What kind of advice do you give her, and how is it different from the advice that you’d give any up and comer?

To stay true to herself and to never give up. She’s gonna be a superstar.

Let’s talk a little about your appearance at Coachella with what has come to be known as Virtual 2Pac. Do you think that this sort of technology is the future of concerts?

I really can’t tell you. But what the most important thing is Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg did it first.  And they damn sure did it the best.

Like the lineup of this weekend’s fest, your music tastes seem so diverse. Could you do me a favor and put your iPod or iPhone or whichever device is nearest to you on shuffle and tell us the first five songs that come up? 

Rick James, Teena Marie, Blowfly, Curtis Mayfield, Mayer Hawthorne.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Pioneers for domestic violence push on

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article. Two decades have passed since the O.J. Simpson trial captivated the country. But in the 20 years…

Local

Newest java joint in bastion of hipness is…

Little may represent the change the neighborhood is undergoing right now like the arrival of the first Starbucks. The chain which is ubiquitous in Manhattan, opened a Williamsburg store at…

National

Black and white are the new orange at…

By Brendan O'Brien(Reuters) - Black and white are the new orange in a Michigan county where the sheriff has made a wardrobe change for jail…

National

Traps set after reports of giant snake on…

New Jersey animal control workers have set traps to snare a reported 20-foot-long serpent slithering through the waters of Lake Hopatcong.

Music

Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks more accessible than Animal…

Believe it or not, Avey Tare — the man in the mustachioed mask pictured here in the pool of blood — may have made the poppiest music of his career.

Entertainment

‘The Leftovers’ recap: Season 1, Episode 4, ‘B.J.…

Last week’s episode of “The Leftovers” was apparently a fluke, because this week’s episode returns to focusing on the Garveys and it is so boring.…

Movies

Interview: Luc Besson says 'Lucy' is very different…

Filmmaker Luc Besson talks about his new film "Lucy," how it's different than "Limitless" and his crazy first conversation with Egyptian actor Amr Waked.

Music

Weezer releases first new song since 2010

Weezer releases "Back to the Shack," their first new song in almost six years.

NFL

'Vicktory dogs' travel road to rehabilitation seven years…

Of the dozens of dogs groomed by Bad Newz Kennels, 48 were rescued and 22 of the pit bull terriers have emerged at Best Friends Animal Society.

MLB

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according…

Yankees looking at trade for Cliff Lee, according to report

NFL

Giants lineman Chris Snee to retire: Reports

The Giants report to training camp on Tuesday, but Chris Snee may not be there when they do.

NBA

Carmelo Anthony talks about his charity work in…

As he is used to doing every year, NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony is going to visit Puerto Rico to do work for his foundation.

Tech

RocketSkates let users roll with a motor

Los Angeles company Acton has raised funds on Kickstarter to roll out a nifty alternative – motor-powered "RocketSkates."

Tech

Knicks star Carmelo Anthony becomes a tech entrepreneur

He's been an All-Star, an Olympian, and a celebrity spokesperson. Now NBA player Carmelo Anthony is adding the position "tech entrepreneur" to his resume. Along…

Tech

Ulises 1 is the world's first singing satellite

A group of artists and engineers in Mexico have unveiled Ulises 1, the world's first opera-singing satellite.

Home

Wallscape on a budget

Skip the wallpaper and ombre an accent wall instead.