"Dilla tapped into that Detroit funk" - Snoop Dogg On The Influence Of J Dilla
Last week, when Snoop Dogg‘s contribution to the forthcoming J Dilla vocal album The Diary arrived in the form of the G-funked-out “Gangsta Boogie,” devout donut collectors began to rack their brains and archives for an explanation. How could Snoop, a man that was making his own classics in the second leg of his career, have connected with Dilla during what would have been the home stretch of his own career?
Today, as Karriem Riggins did before him, Snoop sat with the good folks at Mass Appeal to deliver a personal testimony regarding the Motor City maestro’s influence on his career. Snoop, who only knew of Dilla through industry murmurs until his passing, reflects on just how brilliant of a creator Jay Dee was and how he regrets not having had the opportunity to link with him while he was still with us. And know that we’ve burned the tracks off of “Gangsta Boogie,” we’re left pondering just what could have been had they ever met. Shit, it could have very well been Dilla that revitalized Snoop’s career instead of The Neptunes, but I suppose there’s no use in subjecting ourselves to that sort of internal turmoil. Watch as Snoop Dogg speaks on the influence of J Dilla in the clip below and pre-order your copy of The Diary on iTunes today ahead of it’s April 15th release.