Eminem and Snoop Dogg are finally back in the studio together
Dr. Dre helped create a lot of rap superstars, but arguably the two biggest are Eminem and Snoop Dogg. In 1992, Dre released his solo album, The Chronic, which featured a then-unknown "Snoop Doggy Dogg." The silky-voiced rapper went on to drop Doggystyle, an instant classic, full of infectious, raunchy G-Funk. Then, in 1997, Dre stumbled upon an EP from an outrageous white rapper in Detroit. He flew Eminem out to his studio, and within minutes they started creating My Name Is. Dre went on to produce the controversial, crudely funny Slim Shady LP, and the rest is history.
But despite both being Dr. Dre protégés, Eminem and Snoop Dogg have only collaborated once. Surprising, right? In 2000, the two rappers joined forces for Bitch Please II, which was released on The Marshall Mathers LP. The two rappers couldn't be more different: Snoop's rhymes are simple and smooth, while Shady's are complex and nasal. But their styles meshed pretty well over Dre's bouncy beat. (Slim even did a hilarious Snoop impression.)
In a 2014 interview with DJ Whoo Kid, Snoop joked that he didn't want to make any more songs with Eminem. From Jay-Z's Renegade to Drake's Forever, Slim Shady has a reputation for stealing the show. "I don't want Eminem on my album, I'm good," said the Gin and Juice rapper. However, now, eighteen years later, the two icons are finally back in the studio together. On Instagram, Snoop shared a photo, writing, "Detroit. Tommoro. 8 pm. Redemption of a Dogg had to c M. To get the stamp."
In case you aren't fluent in Snoopese, that probably means they're going to see Snoop's stage show, Redemption of a Dogg. That's right - Snoop has a stage show! Ever since Straight Outta Compton became a blockbuster hit, rap biopics are the latest craze. This production tells the story of Snoop's life, which is pretty interesting: He went from being a scary gangster on trial for murder to a cuddly stoner starring in a cooking show with Martha Stewart. Crazy, right?
According to a press release,"Redemption of a Dogg examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family. "The play stars Snoop himself, and is directed by award-winning playwright Je'Caryous Johnson. It's good timing, too, since this year marks the 25th anniversary of Doggystyle."
Later, Snoop posted a second photo, which strongly hints at a collaboration. The guy to the right of Snoop is Mr. Porter, Eminem's longtime producer (aka Kon Artis from D12). It's possible they're cooking up a song for Snoop's next album, the Bodied soundtrack or Eminem's next album. Yeah, Em just dropped Kamikaze, which is officially platinum, but apparently he lives in the studio. You know, Slim Shady hates Donald Trump, and Snoop hates Donald Trump - maybe they made a song about that.