Snoop Dogg & Eminem To Put On ‘First Of Its Kind’ Performance At This Year’s VMAs
The duo is nominated for “Best Hip Hop” with “From The D 2 The LBC,” marking the first time in more than 20 years they have collaborated.
According to a press release,
“Global rap icons Eminem and Snoop Dogg will transform the “VMAs” stage for a first of its kind performance of “From the D 2 The LBC” inside the world of the Otherside metaverse in partnership with Yuga Labs. This is the first metaverse inspired performance to ever grace an award show.”
Snoop Dogg (real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) hasn’t graced the VMAs stage in 17 years, last performing alongside Diddy (real name Sean Combs) and the Notorious B.I.G. (real name Christopher Wallace) in 2005. The 13-time nominee has won three times, including in 1994 — the first year he was nominated — when “Doggy Dogg World” was nominated for “Best Rap Video.”
While he is regarded as one of the most iconic artists in the industry, Snoop Dogg recently admitted that he has no problem letting other rappers write for him. In fact, 24-year-old rapper Cordae Amari Dunston — who is currently dating tennis champion Naomi Osaka — wrote for him on the song “We Don’t Gotta Worry No More.”
According to Snoop Dogg,
“I started off writing. I started off writing for Dr. Dre, so what would I be if I didn’t allow somebody to write for me? Sometimes you gotta put yourself in the frame of letting somebody else depict a better picture for you because you can’t see everything.”
“Terrace Martin came here one day with Cordae. Cordae is like, ‘Let me write something to this for you.’ I’m like, ‘Go ahead, homie.’ He go in that muthaf*ckin’ booth and wrote all of the rap — the first verse and the second verse!”
To sum it all up, according to Snoop Dogg,
“That’s to the point in my career where I’m at now, where I’ve written so many hit records. It’s not about what I can write sometimes, it’s about what I can’t see that somebody else can write for me.”
Eminem (real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III) last performed “Not Afraid” and “Love the Way You Lie” at the VMAs in 2010, which was 12 years ago. The 60-time nominee is the second-most nominated artist in “VMAs” history, trailing only behind Madonna with her 69. Eminem is among the top five musicians with the most wins thanks to his 13 victories.
Fans are likely eager to see what the rappers have in store for their performances after their more than ten-year award show break, especially after Eminem performed at the Super Bowl halftime show this year.
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Although the two rappers appear to be in a good space since they will be performing on the same stage, Eminem took a shot at Snoop Dogg in his 2020 track “Zeus.” Many people assumed the reason for the diss was that Snoop Dogg left Eminem off of his “top 10 rappers list” during an appearance on the The Breakfast Club, but according to Eminem,
“Everything he said, by the way, was fine, up to a point. Him saying Dre made the best version of me, absolutely, why would I have a problem with that? Would I be here without Dre? F*ck no, I wouldn’t. The rappers he mentioned from the ‘90s—KRS One, Big Daddy Kane, [Kool] G Rap—I’ve never said I could f*ck with them.”
“I think it was more about the tone he was using that caught me off-guard ‘cause I’m like, where is this coming from? I just saw you, what the f*ck? It threw me for a loop. I probably could’ve gotten past the whole tone and everything, but it was the last statement where he said, ‘Far as music I can live without, I can live without that sh*t.’ Now you’re being disrespectful. It just caught me off-guard.”
Eminem also said,
“I didn’t know what to do about it because it confused me ‘cause I’m like, bro, same team. We’re on the same team. And I have never in my career, my entire career, said a disrespectful word about Snoop.”
The 2022 VMAs will be broadcast live from the Prudential Center on Sunday, August 28 at 8 p.m.
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