Snoop Dogg has revealed that he decided to stop rapping about death following his acquittal after a murder trial.
Back in the mid-1990s, Snoop was charged with murder after his bodyguard allegedly shot and killed a rival gang member from the car Snoop was driving.
Ultimately, both Snoop and his bodyguard were acquitted of the charge.
During an interview with Fatman Scoop (via HotNewHipHop), Snoop opened up about how the incident inspired him to change the content of his music.
“One day, me and my cousin Daz [Dillinger] were going to the studio and I had a song in my head called ‘DAVE,'” he began.
He continued: “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 shit, 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.”
Fatman Scoop went on to ask whether Snoop thought it was “spooky” that he wrote ‘Murder Was the Case’ prior to his actual murder charge.
“What’s crazy Scoop, is that around that time, me, Tupac, Biggie, [Ice] Cube—all of the rappers that was rappin’ around that time, we was writing what we was living,” said Snoop.
“Some of us was writing life and some of us was writin’ death, but that’s what we was living.”
Ultimately, Snoop said he felt that he and his fellow rappers were inadvertently manifesting events based on their music.
“I felt like I had wrote death all up until that point,” he said.
“When I started writing Tha Doggfather, I lost a lot of fans, I lost a lot of homies, because they wanted me to keep it gangster after beating the murder case.”
“They wanted me to glamourise and glorify… but I was like, somebody’s life was lost. My life was changed. This is a real situation,” he concluded.
Check out the full clip of Snoop Dogg discussing the impact of his murder trial:
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