Snoop Dogg explains why he quit rapping about death and violence

Snoop told the iconic DJ Fatman Scoop that not long before the murder charge, he had this experience.

“One day, me and my cousin Daz [Dillinger] were going to the studio, and I had a song in my head called ‘Dave,’” Snoop tells Scoop. “D-A-V-E, Death After Visualizing Eternity. So, I wanted to write a song about someone that died and came back. At the time, I was gang-banging and all kind of s–t, so my pen made me write ‘Murder Was the Case,’ which was the story of a gang-banger that got shot and on his death bed made a deal to get his life back, but he crossed God, and he ended up losing at the end.”

Ironically, not long after Snoop began working on his sophomore album, the two towering pillars of rap, Tupac Shakur and Christopher “Notorious BIG” Wallace, were gunned down within six months of each other. Both icons frequently rapped about dying and violence. Furthermore, Biggie Small’s only two albums were eerily titled Ready to Die and Life After Death.

Not long after 2Pac and Biggie were murdered, Dr. Dre made his tumultuous break from Death Row Records and Snoop also hit the exit ramp, signing with Master P’s No Limit label. Snoop never looked back.

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