Snoop Dogg Speaks On Inspiring Rick Ross’ ‘Mastermind’

Rick Ross’ new album Mastermind pays homage to ’90s classics across the board, from Biggie’s “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Kills You” to ODB’s “Shame On A Nigga.” But the Bawse also reached all the way across the country, to Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, for inspiration for his latest.

Rozay sat down with Elliott Wilson for the CRWN interview series last week (March 4) and discussed how Mastermind was influenced by Snoop’s maiden LP.

“When I put this album together it’s like when I sat back and I listened to The Chronic and I listened to Doggystyle,” he said. “I realized every one of Snoop’s records had something in between the record. Not one record just, you know, went from beat to beat…Whatever it was it just added that other side of entertainment and that other side of energy to the product and helped an artist paint that picture, so that’s what I wanted to do.”

Idolator caught up with Snoop at SXSW to speak on Ross’ comments.

“That’s awesome to hear,” Snoop says of his landmark album, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. “To know that I’m still relevant to rappers who are making music nowadays, for them to reflect back to my first record, that’s an inspiration. That’s what i made it for, I made it to make people feel good.”

Snoop is no stranger to SXSW—he rocked VIBE’s Respect The West showcase back in 2011. He’s performing at Cashmere Agency’s Respect The West showcase tonight in Austin, TX. —John Kennedy