“I always wanted to work with Snoop Dogg. But I didn’t want to go through those Death Row conditions to do it. So we ended up being on the same VH-1 Honors. And while people were paying attention to the show me and Snoop were talking about his upcoming album. He told me, ‘I need you on this one.’ So I came in and worked on the ‘Ego Trippin’ album. Snoop to me was like a pirate...a free spirit. He didn’t really write a lot. He just freestyled off the top of his head. I’m there making the beats and he’s telling me, ‘Whatever you want to do Ted. All I’m going to do is put my pen to it.’ He was always easy going, man. He never really asked me to change anything unless I suggested something or we were trading ideas. I had to learn how to be cool because he was so mellow.
I was so jumpy…I just wanted to work. I was the one that was pushing the album to get done until one day I just took a drank of wine [laughs]. I had to calm down. But we finally finished that album, and everyone loved it. It was both of our idea to have Charlie Wilson singing on ‘SD Is Out.’ Charlie is like our uncle…our mentor. Charlie is one of the greatest singers of all time. Being where he came from I can only take his map and pass it on to someone else. I felt good being a part of Snoop’s history because he is a legend. I felt good to be a part of his life. I was there when he was doing his reality show with his wife and kids. I was there when they renewed their marriage vows. That was a fun time.”