Snoop Dogg Recalls Being ‘Out-Gangstered’ By Dionne Warwick
Snoop Dogg is opening up about a meeting he had with legendary singer Dionne Warwick that forever changed the type of music he created.
Snoop Dogg recently made an appearance during the new CNN film, Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over. In one scene, Snoop and Dionne Warwick recalled the time when she hosted a meeting at her home to address rappers using misogyny in their music.
In the film, it was revealed that Dionne Warwick hosted a 7:00 a.m. meeting and invited Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight, and others to her home to discuss the misogynistic lyrics used in their music. Warwick explained,
“These kids are expressing themselves, which they’re entitled to do. However, there’s a way to do it.”
Snoop Dogg recalled being afraid to meet with the iconic singer.
“We were kind of like scared and shook up. We’re powerful right now, but she’s been powerful forever. Thirty-some years in the game, in the big home with a lot of money and success.”
Wanting to make a good impression, Snoop Dogg said they were in her driveway by 6:52 a.m. Once he and the others entered, Dionne Warwick told them to call her a b**ch, a word they frequently used to describe women in their songs.
She told them,
“You guys are all going to grow up. You’re going [to] have families. You’re going to have children. You’re going to have little girls and one day that little girl is going to look at you and say, ‘Daddy, did you really say that? Is that really you?’ What are you going to say?”
The “Gin and Juice” rapper said Warrick’s words left a major impact on him.
“She was checking me at a time when I thought we couldn’t be checked. We were the most gangsta as you could be but that day at Dionne Warwick’s house, I believe we got out-gangstered that day.”
The impact was so heavy it ultimately changed the trajectory of his music.
” I made it a point to put [out] records of joy – me uplifting everybody and nobody dying and everybody living.”
Later in his interview, Snoop Dogg said,
“Dionne, I hope I became the jewel that you saw when I was the little, dirty rock that was in your house. I hope I’m making you proud.”
Dionne Warwick is considered as one of the greatest female singers of all time. Warwick ranks among the 40 biggest U.S. hitmakers between 1955 and 1999, based on her chart history on Billboard‘s Hot 100 pop singles chart. She is the second-most charted female vocalist during the rock era (1955–1999). She is also one of the most-charted vocalists of all time, with 56 of her singles making the Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998 (12 of them Top Ten), and 80 singles in total – either solo or collaboratively – making the Hot 100, R&B and/or adult contemporary charts.
During her career, she has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and has won many awards, including six Grammy Awards.
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