Snoop Dogg Talks 'Bush,' Reveals His History With Police Brutality At Hot 97 Listening Party [EXCLUSIVE]
Snoop Dogg celebrated his 13th studio album release of Bush with Hot 97 fans at New York City's SOB's. The rap star graced the green lit stage with Ebro in the Morning host, Ebro and radio host, Nessa.
The rapper snapped photos of fans with his paparazzi-esque camera as fans snapped shots of the 6'4" rap star as he sparked his extremely large blunt. The crowd shortly followed the GNN host's lead, creating a smokey scene at the venue, which only felt right for the free spirited celebrity.
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The "Gin & Juice" rapper has been known for switching up his sounds and his name from Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoopzilla and even Snoop Lion, and even though some artist change their names for changing times, the rapper revealed that he evolves when he learns more about music which inspires him."
"One thing about me and where I come from it's always great to be you and do you. The one thing about me, I love all forms of music, I love all forms of life. So, at some point in my life I'ma find myself doing something that I love and the rap was always the easiest for me to do." He added, "So, when I got off into the reggae music or if I did different where I ventured off in to different sounds of music, it was cause I was inspired by it and I loved it and I wanted to learn more about it and why it had an influence on me and once I mastered it and figured a way to do it and to be able to come in and out of yourself, to find yourself is a beautiful feeling and I'm able to do that whenever I want to because I'm content with me and I love being me."
The 43-year-old rapper -- a legend in his own right in the Hip Hop industry -- took some time apart from his vibrant personality to talk about the riots happening across America over police brutality similar to the 1992 Los Angeles "Rodney King" riots.
"You understand what that young been through, as far as being harassed by police and being brutalized and tortured and didn't have no cameras then. I got beat up by the police, there was never a camera there and it just so happens that they didn't kill me, but I felt like I could have been one of those guys, just for the simple fact that, that's how some of these police officers are trained to go... they don't ask no questions, they go," he said.
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The "Who Am I" rapper explained that the riots are far more than a race issue and strongly believes that there's a grander scale to this new movement.
"Once the people feel like we been wronged, it's a universal feeling no matter where you from or what color you are. People riot out there. It's not just black people marching, its people marching in Baltimore that feel like they been wronged and that what it's about- the movement not a racial war, but a movement on what's right and what's wrong," he explained.