Snoop Doggy Dogg Don't Give A Puck_ by suchenfz


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                Do you see the development of Loco Slam and the                                                                                                                                                         Oh really?
             HBO Half-Hour Comedy shows as HBO competing                                                                                                                                                                I mean, it usually comes later, but, still, give me a com-
             against you?                                                                                                                                                                                             mittment. If you’re going to judge me in ninety ways,

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        A Puck!
                I was kinda disappointed that we weren’t asked. We rep-                                                                                                                                               give me a committment that you’re still involved with me
             resent the host of Loco Slam. It’s not getting great ratings.                                                                                                                                            for next year. I need that committment, so I can hire the
             It’s not going to be there to compete with us. But I think                                                                                                                                               people, who’ve been working all year as talent scouts, to
             it’s kind of an insult that we weren’t asked to produce, or                                                                                                                                              continue to develop the show. And, you know, our company,
             at least consult with, and talk to about expounding on our                                                                                                                                               we represent a lot of great people, and without hit shows,
             ideas.                                                                                                                                                                                                   everybody can go home.
                (pause, then he speaks his mind) How the fuck did I wake                                                                                                                                                How do you think you’re seen in the industry?

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             up and look at Loco Slam? It’s the exact same format,                                                                                                                                                      I don’t know. I mean, I have good friends, a lot of good
             exact same set-up. Not funny. Insulting.                                                                                                                                                                 pals and friends who are helpful. I know the chairmans of
                But they didn’t see that. That was really bad mistake at                                                                                                                                              all the entertainment companies. I have more access to the
             HBO, on their part and certainly in violation of our space I                                                                                                                                             powerful white people that run the world of entertainment

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             thought. Yeah.                                                                                                                                                                                           than, I believe, any Black person in the world of entertain-

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                So, how do you take that?                                                                                                                                                                             ment. I hang out with these people. I always get there and I
                I take it like, “I don’t own nothin’ so what does it mat-                                                                                                                                             realize I’m the only Black person there.
             ter to me?” What could I do about it? (Quiet for a while,
             then…) I absolutely am insulted by it, but there’s nothing I                                                                 With phone and fork in hand, Simmons takes on both                          The complete, unedited text of this interview with
             can do about it, especially as they haven’t even given me a                                                                  the entertainment industry and the “Russell Simmons                         Russell Simmons is available via Internet infobot. To                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Love those Springfield Indians!
             committment to pick up our next season.                                                                                        Pasta Special” (linguine and salmon, $10 at the                           receive it, send e-mail to <>.                                                                                       Love those Maple Leafs!                                                                                 Love those Bruins!
                                                                                                                                                            Time Café, NYC).                                          In the subject area, write <RUSSELL SIMMONS>. Write
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “send” in your message body. Do not include these                                                                    The most pressing questions about Snoop Doggy                                                               American Music Awards. The double ‘00’ is on the                                                                  ers. It was Latimer who customized the CCM Sport
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      marks (< > “ ” ) in your message.                                                                                  Dogg’s “Gin & Juice” video used to be 1) Why didn't                                                           back of a Springfield Indians jersey, a minor-pro team                                                            Mascot-brand hockey shirts Snoop wears in “Gin &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         that guy Snoop calls wipe his behind before hopping                                                           in the American Hockey League (AHL). For you base-                                                                Juice,” and the process was fairly straightforward.
            takin’ it to the ‘net                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        off of the toilet? and 2) Why is that topless girl who
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         gets tossed out of the way wearing pants in bed? I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       ball fans, the AHL is the equivalent of the AAA level,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       one step below the big time. At the Music Awards
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Snoop’s not a real picky artist, but a pretty picky
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         artist as far as what he wears. Blue’s his color of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         mean, were she and her man dry-humping?                                                                       back in February, one of his homiez on stage was                                                                  choice.” However, Snoop’s not a hockey fan, not
                     Is It “Hammer” Time for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               In a debate from the alt.rap newsgroup on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Internet, though, the burning question is, whose team
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       No. 16.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         even of Toronto. Are you surprised? “I think when he
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         picked the Toronto Maple Leaf, it was kind of consis-
                              Cypress Hill?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              logo is Snoop wearing during the drive-in scene?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         And, darn it, where does he get those incredible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “When I saw him on Arsenio a while back, I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       rememba he wuz wearin a Boston Bruin jersey when
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         tent with…kind of…the bud. I definitiely don’t think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         he picked that for ‘Toronto,’ the city. He might have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         hockey shirts?                                                                                                he was doin’ a cut from his CD and during his per-                                                                picked it more from a leaf aspect. You see what I’m
                                        Does Cypress Hill, whose Black Sunday vaulted to platinum                                                                              ‘click-click,’ he’s referring to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           DarreND <> wrote                                                                  formance, he changed into a Chicago Blackhawk                                                                     saying?”
                                      status last year on the strength of the band’s true-to-life view of                                                                      the sound that, for example,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “Actually the hockey sweater that Snoop Dogg is                                                               jersey. When he was interviewed by Arsenio, he wuz                                                                  Fans who want to look like the Bow Wow will pay.
                                     life on the street, actually know anything at all about guns?                                                                             a revolver or conventional
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         wearing the the ‘Gin & Juice’ video isn’t Hartford                                                            then wearing an authentic Toronto Maple Leaf jersey                                                               “About $140 for the ones we were giving him, ‘cause
                                        An Internaut named pertinax <>                                                                                      semi-automatic pistol would
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Whalers. It’s some California-based minor league                                                              (I could see the pro-style stiches) which I thought                                                               they’re the top-brand, authentic pro weight. It’s a
                                                     seems to think they don’t. He notes the closing                                                                           make if you manually

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         team for, I think either Anahaiem, or LA, or someone.”                                                        looked totally cool on Snoop.”                                                                                    Series 6100, CCM hockey jersey, which has the fight-
                                                      lyric from “Cock the Hammer” — “Ever heard a                                                                             cocked the hammer, which
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           However, it took Christopher Yip <o6b192@rick.                                                                “It’s about time some high-profile celeb like Snoop                                                             ing strap…it’s the real ones the players wear. And if
                                                       Glock go click like a camera/Cock the hammer”                                                                           you cannot do on a Glock,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               > from the computer science department                                                               would be wearin some hockey jerseys. I think outta                                                                you get it customized, with you’re name and stuff on
                                                      — and posted in the alt.rap UseNet newsgroup:                                                                            because we don’t have a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver                                                            all the major sports, hockey has DEFINITELY got the                                                               it, it can run in excess of $200 and change, depend-
                                                         “Glocks have internal ‘hammers’ that can’t                                                                            hammer. It’s a striker-fired
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         — where they really know their hockey — to set the                                                            best-looking jerseys. THE COOLEST.”                                                                               ing on who you’re buying it from.” — H.A.
                                                       be cocked and uncocked like most guns. In                                                                               firing mechanism, and there
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         record straight.                                                                                                Chris Latimer concurs. As president of Da Streetz,
                                                       addition, the sound effect at the beginning of                                                                          is no external hammer to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  • CCM Sport Mascot, 7405 TransCanada Highway, Suite 300,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           “The hockey jersey that Snoop wuz wearing in                                                                a NYC-based marketing company, he’s gotten more
                                                       ‘Cock the Hammer’ is not a Glock being loaded.                                                                          cock.”                                                B-Real gets cocky.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Montreal CANADA H4T 1Z2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ‘Gin & Juice’ is the same one that was worn at the                                                            rappers into street-stylish wears than their moth-
                                                      Whatever is being loaded has a metal magazine.                                                                             So what does B-Real, the Hill’s lead lyricist
                                                      Glocks use plastic mags.                                                                                                 make of pertinax’s remarks? “I think he’s
                                                        “Finally, the sound made when the slide is
                                                                racked clearly is not from a Glock. The
                                                                                                                                                                               full of shit because we used a Glock 9mm do the sound effects,” said the be-
                                                                                                                                                                               Afroed vocalist. “He, basically, don’t know.” He agrees that the sound at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         multimedia                                                            Noisy Black                                                                                                                                               Turntables 101
                                                                         sound of the hammer moving is                                                                         beginning of “Cock the Hammer” is not that of a Glock being loaded. “It’s being
                                                                                    distinct, and the whole                                                                    put together. Assembled.”                                                                                                                                                                                     Tricia Rose brings the noise.                                                                                                                                              Peggy Cooper-Cafritz can teach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        you how to d.j.

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                                                                                           thing sounds more                                                                     Going on: “What I mean by ‘you ever heard a Glock go click like a camera,’

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                                                                                           like a Beretta.                                                                     basically was, ‘My gun will never be empty for whoever tries to run up.’ Like                                                                                                                                        Wearing        Baraka (Leroi Jones) does with blues in
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                                                                                           Somehow, I think                                                                    when you hear a camera click, you’re gettin’ shot in that way. Well, when you                                                                                                                                      a baby           Blues People.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 doll-style            Black Noise, through hip-hop lyrics,                                                                                      Can                                  it is important to have the Russell Simmons’s,
                                                                                           these guys learned                                                                  hear my Glock, you ain’t gonna hear no click.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              you imagine                                 André Harrell’s, and David Harleston’s of the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                dress, her         videos, and personalities, discusses this
                                                                                          about guns from                                                                        “What I mean by ‘cock the hammer’ is not really cocking the hammer, ‘cause                                                                                                                                   thick curls          unique musical form’s cultural politics and                                                                           “Beethoven” and                              music world devise hip-hop curriculums for the
                                                                                          TV and other rap-                                                                    I know it don’t have a hammer. I’m sayin’ I’m cockin’ it back to be ready for                                                                                                                                pulled back in a       its influence on popular culture. It address-                                                                     “beatbox” used in the                            classroom, and I would seek their advice.” In
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         ponytail, Tricia          es hip-hop’s expressions against police bru-                                                                   same breath? Or sona-                               addition she claims, “I would also rely on hip-
                                                                                          pers’ albums.”                                                                       whatever’s comin’ at me, and you ain’t never gonna get the other end of it                                                                                                    Rose looks more like a student than an                tality, its responses to the government, and                                         tas and sampling? You may hear these words                                    hop performers for input.”
                                                                                             Sherry Collins,                                                                   unloaded.                                                                                                                                                                     assistant professor of history at New York            its misogyny while giving space for female
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        together more often, if Peggy Cooper-Cafritz                                       The study of hip-hop in schools could also
                                                                                          director of media                                                                      “It don’t have to be a Glock. It was, basically, a metaphor. It could have been                                                                                             University. And to peg her a “hip-hop head”           rappers’ critiques of sexism within this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        has her way. The founder of the Washington,                                   provide for more diversity in its content. “Rap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             is an even further stretch of the imagina-            genre. In addition, the book offers candid
                                                                                        relations at Glock,                                                                    any other gun. I mean, I just used ‘Glock’ because that’s the kind of gun I have.                                                                                             tion. But the boogie-down-Bronx-raised                interviews with Queen Latifah, music pro-                                            D.C.-based Duke Ellington School of Music says,                               addresses the experiences of its performers.
                     Glock 17: Can you find the hammer                              the Smyrna, GA-based                                                                       But I have other guns with hammers.”                                                                                                                                          Rose proves “you can’t judge a book by its            ducer Eric “Vietnam” Sadler, dancer Crazy                                            “Hip-hop should be taught in schools because it                               They sing about bitches and hoes, sex and the
                     on this gun?                                               firearm manufacturer,                                                                            Which should make everybody happy. — H.A.                                                                                                                                   cover” as the author of Black Noise: Rap              Legs, and others to provide insight into hip                                         is important for academia to be sensitive to new                              like,” says the forty-seven year-old. “But if stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Music and Black Culture in Contemporary               hop’s important and influential creative ele-                                        musical trends.”                                                              dents with broader, or at least different, experi-
                                                                seems to agree, at least about the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           America.                                              ments.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        geffen records

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Is the Roots'                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Founded in 1974, the Duke Ellington School                                ences were involved, this would be reflected in
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Cypress Hill, Black Sunday, Ruffhouse/Columbia, CK 53931
                                                                first point. “I’m assuming when the                                                                                                                                                          next album                                                                                          The thirty-one year old says she was a                Hip-hop’s first ten years were mocked                                            of Music teaches college preparatory courses in                               the music.” Teaching hip-hop in schools might
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Glock, Inc., PO Box, Smyrna GA, 30081                                    an on-line                                                                                      “pre-hip-hop teenager” who didn’t become              by media voices that claimed it wouldn’t
                                                                songwriter refers to something going                                                                                                                                                         session away?
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             obsessed with rap until she was in her                last. Now they’re wondering if there’s an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        media arts, dance, theater, visual arts, and musi-                            help keep the music fresh, as more varied expe-

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            .com                                                             twenties. Entering Yale University for                end to this ever-evolving musical form. But                                          cal studies to 9th-12th graders. “Most of the                                 riences step up to the mike.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        students that will graduate from this school will                             —Tracy A. Sherrod
                                                                              Philadelphia Unplugged:                                                                                     The Roots                                                             Geffen Records, home to Guns & Roses,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Aerosmith, the Roots, and other nefarious lads,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             has acquired as an Internet domain.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Geffen’s on the Net.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             undergraduate studies and attending Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             University for her Ph.D., she was committed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to exploring hip-hop aesthetically, politi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   if people take it more and more seriously
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   through scholarship, such as Rose has,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   it will always be with us. Or in her words,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        become involved in rap on one level or another,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        expresses the George Washington University                                    • Peggy Cooper-Cafritz, The Duke Ellington
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             cally, and culturally. Half laughing and half         “This book is the beginning of a very long                                           Law School graduate. “It is important that they                               School of the Arts, 3500 R St., Washington
                                                                              Easily, the most bugged moment I had, amidst a field full of bugged moments, while       cut, “I Remain Calm,” “Essay Whuman?!!??,” “Swept Away,” and the stupefying              Does this mean we’ll be downloading Axl’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and The Roots albums soon? Definitely not.                                                      serious, Rose says, “People considered it             conversation about hip-hop. I hope Black                                             study the genre as a form of musical expression                               DC 20007
                                                                              listening to the Roots debut album, Do You Want More?!!!??!, was the day Tariq           “Datskat.”                                                                            The technology to do so isn’t here yet and,                                                     academic suicide.”                                    Noise will give hip-hop a voice outside of
                                                                              Luqmaan “Black Thought” Trotter explained the title cut to me at the South Philly                 Oh, and if you ever get a chance to see these Philly sons play live                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     and for its cultural influence.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             even more, there’s no generally-accepted,                                                           A revision and extension of her doctoral          its traditional venues, and add to its endur-
                                                                              house he shares with three or so other artists.                                          (Trotter, drummer Ahmir Khalib “B.R.O.THE R. ?” Thompson, vocalist Malik “B”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Somewhat uncertain about the type of
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             secure way of moving cash around on the Net.                                                    dissertation, Black Noise is described by             ance.”
                                                                                      No, there are absolutely no samples on this album. Yes, those are bagpipes       Abdul-Basit, bassist Leon Hubbard, and keyboardist Scott Storch), prepare. Tariq      However, Geffen is exploring these areas with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             this hip-hop theorist as, “The first book-            — Tracy A. Sherrod                                                                   courses that would be taught and their content,
                                                                              on “Do You Want More?!!!??!,” played by a brother (Rufus Harley) yet! No, the            discourages the attention “When you see a big upright bass, you don’t relate it to,   great interest, as are other music companies,                                                                                                                                                                                              Cooper-Cafritz says she would rely on experts in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             though perhaps none so agressively as Geffen.                                                   length analysis of hip-hop culture that
                                                                              scratch which ends the cut is not a scratch. “I did it with my mouth,” Tariq says, as    ‘Oh, this guy is about to rock the house.’” Maybe you don’t. But as AT&T says,        Fully expect this to soon add up to more than                                                   explores the music along with the larger                                                                                                   the music industry to give her direction. “I think
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   • Black Noise, Tricia Rose, Wesleyan/
                                                                              though it were the most natural thing in the world to do this.                           “You will.” —H.A.                                                                     a cool place to send e-mail, or something that                                                  context of its development.” The way Amiri
                                                                                      Get this album. Spend a lot of time with it. Play it in the distant background                                                                                         looks impressive on a business card, the way                                                                                                          New England, Hanover NH
             The Roots (l-r) Vocalists Malik B, Black
             Thought, drummer B.R.O.THE-R. ?                                  sometimes, then listen very closely to it at other times. Pay attention to the title     • The Roots, Do You Want More?!!!??!, DGC, DGCD-A-24708                               fax numbers used to.             — H.A.

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