Snoop Dogg appeared on Stephen A. Smith’s Know Mercy podcast, where the rap legend was asked about his peers Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls, and where they would be in 2022.
During the golden era of hip hop, the nineties, there are few artists and producers who actually brag about working with Tupac and Biggie Smalls. Others can proudly say they share a close friendship with the two rappers. Snoop Dogg fits somewhere into that conversation.
Snoop Dogg found it hard to remain loyal to Death Row records and Tupac during the so-called West Coast East Coast beef, because of his love for Biggie Smalls. Tupac and Snoop’s fallout is well documented, as the Dogg Father appeared on Hot 97 and declared his love for Diddy and Biggie Smalls after the 1996 VMA’s which was held in New York. Tupac took offense and the rest was history. The two never got past the incident, as Shakur passed away days later. Then, six months later, Biggie Smalls would also tragically lose his life.
Indeed hip-hop took a major hit, but artists such as Nas, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg were able to prosper and have successful music careers. When asked by Stephen A. Smith, where Snoop thinks how the music world would be in 2022 with Tupac and Biggie still alive, the west coast icon said, “look at the peers” for the answer.
“You gotta understand the—look at the peers. Biggie and Tupac are peers with Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Nas, and I think that’s about it,” said Snoop. “‘Cause everybody else was before us or after us.”
“So, Nas and Jay-Z, they still here. Snoop Dogg is still here, but Tupac and Biggie not here. So, what is Nas doing? He’s dropping bomb ass albums, done great business deals, a great venture capitalist, he went o the tech side of the game in the Bay Area and made great moves,” said Snoop who also believes Tupac and Biggie would be just as successful as their peers.