The quasi-feud between Snoop Dogg and Iggy Azalea seems to be history, and Snoop has now come out in defence of the Mullumbimby-born rapper, declaring to the world that Iggy’s “got soul”.
In an interview with the New York Times, Snoop Dogg was asked about his thought on the “suburban streak in hip-hop” with the publication signalling out Iggy Azalea and Macklemore.
“Rap is supposed to grow,” he responded. “One thing about Iggy and Macklemore: They got soul. They’re inspired by hip-hop. I don’t care how you’re gonna take it to your people and flip it and dip it and serve it.”
If you cast your mind back about six months or so, you might remember a\an internet feud that started up between Snoop and Iggy, sparked when Snoop shared some nasty Instagram posts attacking Azalea and at one point mocking her with a comparison to Marlon Wayans’ character from 2004 comedy White Chicks.
Some heated words were exchanged, and Snoop eventually posted a video apology saying, “No more bad talk. I apologise. I’m sorry. I won’t do it again.”
In his interview, Snoop Dogg also discussed his new album Bush, addressing why it features less rap and more funk than his previous releases. “There’s a void for that style of music. I think if rap never came out, I’d have been a R&B singer,” he explained. “I would have been like Rick James, though — an edgy renegade.”
He also spoke about the situation in Baltimore. “You’ve got Bloods and Crips and Muslims now uniting for some kind of cause. Despite that man losing his life, so many people are gonna come together behind that — people who wouldn’t have talked, who would have been killing each other, now they’re gonna be with each other.”
Snoop recently invested in an “Uber for weed” delivery service Eaze, but told the NYT there’s a lack of black investors in the medical marijuana industry. “I don’t see the people of my colour making money off of it,” he said.
“I know it’s coming. It’s got to come, you understand me? Look, back when I first started making music in 1992, I’d say black people represented 10 per cent of the business. In 2015, it’s 95 per cent black-driven. My generation made it cool.”
Read the full interview here.
Gallery: Snoop Dogg @ Big Day Out 2014, Melbourne / Photos by Anwar Rizk