Snoop Dogg has been a respected voice in the hip hop community for years and his opinion helps shape the culture that we live in. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Snoop sat down and gave his thoughts on a number of topics including Kanye West and his Versus battle with DMX, but also shed some light on who he thinks are the greatest lyricists throughout hip hop history. To many people’s surprise, he explicitly stated that his long time collaborator and fellow legend in the rap world, Eminem, does not belong in the top 10, dead or alive.
“White rappers had zero respect in rap, let’s keep that 1-thowwow. None. Dre has probably put Eminem in the position to where he could be like labeled as one of Top 10 rappers ever. I don’t think so, but the game feels like he’s Top 10 lyricist and all that comes with it but that’s just because he’s with Dr. Dre and Dr. Dre helped him find the best Eminem he could find,” proclaims Snoop.
This is not as controversial as it sounds as even Em himself gives a lot of the credit from his career to Dr. Dre for finding him and giving him a platform to be one of the first great, white rappers. Dre has always had an extremely good eye for talent and what could be, but should that take something away from what Eminem has accomplished?
Snoop has a good reason for believing this and explains his opinion by saying, “…there’s some n-ggas in the ’80s he can’t fuck with. Like Rakim, like Big Daddy Kane, like KRS-One, like LL Cool J, shall I go on? Like Ice Cube. You understand me?”
Artists like Rakim and LL Cool J, will always be regarded as some of the best ever because they did it at a time when hip hop wasn’t the most popular genre of music, as well as their uncanny lyrical prowess.
Snoop finishes the topic by saying, “That’s one of my teammates. That’s one of my brothers. He did that. But when it comes to this Hip Hop shit that I can’t live without, I can live without that.”