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An excerpt from Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead, a new compilation of interviews by Neil Strauss, longtime music writer and contributor to Rolling Stone:
THE SCENE: Snoop Dogg’s home outside Los Angeles, shortly after the murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls—and just after Snoop left Death Row Records.
SNOOP DOGG: I want you to hear a few songs first. [Presses PLAY on a DAT machine, and leaves the room while 13 songs he’s just finished recording blare from the studio speakers. As soon as the last song ends, he bursts back through the door.]
SD: Well, did you tape some of it?
NEIL STRAUSS: Of course not.
SD: You should have.
SD: Didn’t we talk yesterday about taping pieces of the album and leaking them on the Internet?
NS: Yeah, but most rappers try to avoid leaking their music, because then no one will buy it when it comes out.
SD: Fuck it, just bootleg that motherfucker. Come on, man. I’ll give you the ones you want. [He plays three songs, and watches diligently to make sure I record them.]
SD: Cool. Can we use your wheels? I gotta go get Pampers.
All 21 tracks of Snoop Dogg‘s latest album, Doggumentary, have just been released on the artist’s MySpace page, two days prior to the album’s official release. The new release features performances from such artists as Willie Nelson, Young Jeezy, R. Kelly, the Gorillaz, John Legend and many others. The album is a conceptual follow-up to Snoop Dogg’s 1993 debut, Doggystyle. Some of the tracks have been available online for a while, but others are brand new. You can hear clean versions of the full track list now, and the album will be available for purchase on March 29.
A few days after William Shatner hit the big 8-0, now it’s Leonard Nimoy’s turn. Happy birthday you awesome Vulcan bastard.