Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre have the formula—especially when The D.O.C. is involved. After his 1989 debut solo album No One Can Do It Better, the Dallas, Texas native was highly involved in the direction and songwriting of Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle. He offered lyrics to Dre and to Snoop. The D.O.C. reunited with his friends in 1999 for Dre’s 2001 album. The three men appeared in Dre’s 1964 Chevrolet Impala lowrider for “Still D.R.E.” just as they had seven years earlier for “Nothin’ But A ‘G’ Thang.” The love and the history between these three artists runs deep.
That chemistry is bubbling once more. “I plan on going to LA for a week next week to help Snoop [Dogg] and [Dr.] Dre finish Snoop’s Missionary album,” The D.O.C. told From The Desk Of Lo podcast this week. “We all haven’t worked together seriously, where we’re all in a creative space — in a long time. And we’re all in a space where we wanna do something great so it should be a cool week. We should come up with two or three really great records since we’re all in this kind of space.”
The D.O.C. echoed the love and family atmosphere. “We love each other. you know, those are my brothers — I want them to win and they want me to win. We work for each other’s wins and that’s just what that is. We’re lucky if everybody’s in the right headspace, that’s the tricky part. But right now, in this moment, I think we’re all in that space where we’re ready to do some new s__t.”
Dre and Snoop kicked off 2022 reuniting for a Super Bowl Halftime Show alongside Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, and Mary J. Blige. It was announced that Snoop had acquired Death Row Records, a label that Dre founded 30 years ago, with then-manager Marion “Suge” Knight. The label became the lasting iteration of a situation that began between Dre, The D.O.C., and Knight reportedly called Future Shock. In mid-’22, an original Death Row investor, Harry-O, spilled the beans that Dre and Snoop were back in the studio together—working on something significant. Months later, Snoop confirmed as much, revealing that the album in progress is called Missionary. The name conjures a thematic sequel to 1993’s Doggystyle—which Dre produced.
Dr. Dre has not worked with the label he founded since breaking ties in early 1996. The D.O.C. believes Missionary could mark a homecoming for Dre, just as 2022’s B.O.D.R. (Bacc On Death Row) meant to Snoop’s catalog. “It sounds like what Snoop’s next record would’ve been like on Death Row, that’s what it sounds like,” said the MC.
Earlier this year, Ambrosia For Heads’ What’s The Headline podcast spoke to The D.O.C. about his first concert performances since a car accident 33 years ago, as well as his recent rapping alongside The Codefendants (a band of NoFX’s Fat Mike and Ceschi Ramos). The D.O.C. also spoke about his admiration for Biggie Smalls, and the possibilities of using emerging technologies to make music.
#BonusBeat: Recent music by Snoop Dogg is currently on the AFH playlist: