In a recent appearance on 85 South Show exclusively on Channel Eighty-five, Snoop Dogg claims he didn’t become a star until he was next to Tupac and explains the moment he realized Tupac was “different.”
For Snoop Dogg the moment Tupac was released, the Dogg Father instantly realized Tupac was on another level. Although Snoop was Tupac’s friend prior to Shakur signing to Death Row records, Snoop was not privy to Tupac’s work ethic.
Before Tupac joined the world’s most dangerous record label, Snoop Dogg claims he was “content” with his spot on Death Row records. Snoop was on top of the rap world and felt there was no one who gave him a run for his money. Snoop’s debut album ‘Doggystyle’ had peaked number one on the Billboard charts and was the face of Suge Knight‘s label.
But, that was until Tupac came onboard. “I wanted him,” explained Snoop. “Bring me cuz. I’m a win with this n****. He ain’t got no team, but that n**** play his a** off. Bring this n**** over here, he showed me how to work harder.”
Tupac’s work ethic was on full display the moment he was released from prison. According to Snoop Dogg, he and Tupac were both in the studio in different rooms. Snoop recorded one song and vibe out to the same track for hours, while Tupac was already on his fifth song. “We go into this n*****, he’s on his fifth song. This song makes a song, as soon as it goes off, ‘Pull the next beat up. We ain’t gonna be listening to the song, that’s the engineer’s job to mix that s***. Next song,'” recalled Snoop on 85 South Show.
Tupac’s ability to have everyone in the studio get a piece of his recording session, is what made Tupac great. “Giving n***** a shot that you like, ‘Why he gave n**** a shot?’ Then you hear the song and you be like, ‘Damn that s*** banging. Who did that?’ ‘That n**** that was on the corner that ‘Pac let do the beat,'” explained Snoop.
Kurupt, who was also part of Death Row records, vouched for Tupac’s incredible work ethic. “A lot of the focus changed. The way we looked at being in the studio. The way we looked at our recording habits. How we record. The way we record. The way we value being in the studio all changed,” Kurupt said. “When Tupac came this ain’t what it is, it’s what you make it to be. I was like damn, this is pretty deep. Ain’t nobody talk to us like this.” Watch: Kurupt On The Number One Thing Tupac Changed At Death Row Records