Given the hard man exterior Snoop and his cohort’s music often professes, you might be forgiven for thinking little would concern them.
But in a new documentary from CNN, Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, the ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ rapper revealed how the subject and leading lady of the film once put him in his place.
As explained by both Snoop and Warwick in the doc, the legendary singer had rounded up the Death Row Records rappers, instructing them to be at her house for 7am. Anyone who’s been to a rap or hip-hop gig knows that timekeeping isn’t a rapper’s forte – but they felt so intimidated by the American all-time great that they were there several minutes early.
“We were kind of, like, scared and shook up,” Snoop recalled. “We’re powerful right now, but she’s been powerful forever. Thirty-some years in the game, in the big home with a lot of money and success.”
Warwick then asked the rappers to call her a “b*tch” to her face – a word used frequently in their tracks, although which they inevitably didn’t say there and then.
Then, she offered some wise words, telling them: “You guys are all going to grow up. You’re going have families. You’re going to have children. You’re going to have little girls and one day that little girl is going to look at you and say, ‘Daddy, did you really say that? Is that really you?’ What are you going to say?’”
This brought Snoop and co. off their profanity-ridden pedestal. “She was checking me at a time when I thought we couldn’t be checked. We were the most gangsta as you could be but that day at Dionne Warwick’s house, I believe we got out-gangstered that day.”
And this was far from just a one-time slap on the wrist. The incident in fact encouraged Snoop Dogg to change the tone of his 1996 record Tha Doggfather and future outputs. “I made it a point to put records of joy – me uplifting everybody and nobody dying and everybody living,” he explained.
Warwick’s status still holds sway over Snoop even to this day, with him adding: “Dionne, I hope I became the jewel that you saw when I was the little, dirty rock that was in your house. I hope I’m making you proud.”
“These kids are expressing themselves, which they’re entitled to do,” Warwick added, like a true matriarch. “However, there’s a way to do it.”