Snoop Dogg Loves His Wife More Than Weed
Snoop Dogg's new album 'Malice N Wonderland' is a return to the fun Snoop Dogg, where production drops his trademark gangsta rap and skews towards upbeat, club-friendly and what the Doggfather calls "fun Snoop Dogg" tunes, two of which are dedicated to his wife of 12 years, Shante Broadus.
"Have you ever had sex so good it made you speak a different language? Exactly, some of that." Snoop tells the BoomBox of the 'Malice' track 'Different Languages,' his collaboration with newcomer Jazmine Sullivan. "I wanted to write something for my wife. I never really took the time to dedicate [a song] to my wife, so this was a record where I took my time and hand-crafted it for her, so she can listen to my record and know I am directly talking to her."
"J got Beyonce, I got Shante," Snoop raps on the track. He also spits lines about getting couples pedicures. "That's a real player. So, when we are walking in the sand as a couple holding hands we looking fly by the feet." he explains. Snoop famously filed for divorce from his wife in 2004, but had a change of heart. Since, the couple, who have three kids together, have showcased their home life to the world, on the 2007 E! reality show 'Snoop Dogg: Fatherhood.'
Interestingly enough, while 'Malice' is some of the most ear-catchy Snoop Dogg in years, sporting collaborations with Lil John, The Dream and R.Kelly, the album debuted at a disappointing No.23 on the Billboard 200, Snoop's lowest debut ever. It, however, remains in the Top Ten on Billboard's Hip-Hop & R&B Albums Chart, and sits at No. 3 right behind Jay-Z's 'Blueprint 3' on the Rap Album Chart.
"I was like, dayum, I got to write another song about you. You on my mind on this album," Snoop says of the second Shante-dedication, 'Special.' While not his first collaboration with Pharrell and "Skateboard P"s production team the Neptunes, 'Special' marks his first collaboration with first cousin and R&B talent Brandy.
"To me, Pharrell's best gangsta record that he made for me was 'Drop It Like It's Hot,' Snoop says, "I don't miss when me and him make R&B records together. From 'That Girl' to 'Beautiful' to 'Perfect,' everything we do on the R&B tip sounds beautiful. I was like, 'I want an R&B song because I need to maximize. I don't need no hard song, I need something that feels good that people can play and hear over and over again.' And that what that record is -- it's like a wedding song."
While Snoop may fall sentimental describing the tunes, don't be fooled, 'Malice' is not as mushy as it sounds and deserves a higher chart position on Billboard's Top 200 Chart. But when it comes to Shante and his affinity for weed, the BoomBox had to make Snoop pick a favorite.
"What you mean, when I loved weed more than her?" he says laughing. "There might have been a couple of days, just a few days, nothing more, just days that's it."