Snoop Dogg Talks JAY-Z Writing 'Still D.R.E.': 'It Was Flawless'

Mahlik Campbell

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Snoop Dogg isn't ashamed to admit when he's been bested. 💯

Before letting The Breakfast Club know why he doesn't believe Eminem should be considered as one of the 10 greatest rappers ever due to instrumental role Dr. Dre played in his career, Snoop Dogg detailed an incredible story about the recording of "Still D.R.E."

Appearing on Dr. Dre's 2001, the legendary song is one of the staple records of Snoop and Dre's collab catalog. Yet neither of them wrote their own verses. The person behind the pen was actually JAY-Z.

As Snoop tells it, he and The D.O.C., "one of the greatest writers in hip-hop," were in the studio for about four days in a row "struggling with this beat." Referring to Jay, Snoop says Dre "flew a n***a from New York into LA," and the rest is history.

"Thirty minutes later that n***a is done," he said. "He wrote Dre s**t and my s**t, and it was flawless." After hearing the bars, all Snoop could do was shrug and think, "Look like this n***a outstruck us on this one."

Contrary to the current mood of hip-hop highlighted by the way Drake was dragged for allegedly using a ghostwriter, Snoop is all about having an open forum in the studio. "If your pen can outstrike mine for the song, I'm not going to hate you – I'm going to commend you!" he suggested. "And then I'm going to go back to the drawing board and try to outdo you. That's what this hip-hop thing has been about." 

Snoop also offered some insight into the way Death Row Records' sound with "samples, old school gangsta s**t" influenced East Coast rap. "Maybe we need to go back to class and do a bit of studying on what they're doing," he said from the perspective of New York acts.