Seven Questions for Snoop Dogg

The multifaceted artist on his new Vegas cabaret show, the appeal of the Roaring ’20s, being the life of the party, and Martha Stewart’s average brownies

Photo By Al Powers

Photo By Al Powers

There is no limit to the stoned ideas that Snoop Dogg/Lion/Zilla will come up with. In his alter-alter-alter-ego as DJ Snoopadelic, the 42-year-old rap icon rocks parties and drops everything from G-funk classics to dancehall to electronic dance music. But if partying with Uncle Snoop in the flesh alone isn’t enough of a draw, he’s partnered with Tao Group for the Snoopadelic Cabaret. Running select dates at Tao Nightclub—the next three are May 25, July 3 and August 30—the party is fashioned after the Roaring ’20s, complete with flapper dance numbers, horn players, a burlesque performance and servers dressed like their great-grandparents in their prime.

What inspired Snoopadelic Cabaret?

I’ve been DJing for about two years. I just wanted to try to get a show in Vegas, and to really capture the essence of entertainment at its finest and its purest, when it first began—which is that speakeasy, 1920s Prohibition era. I wanted to have that look and that feel, but be able to play all styles of music.

What spoke to you about that era?

It just felt like it was always fun, no matter if you was broke, rich, drunk, sober. It was always a fun time when you was in the club. The party atmosphere just felt like the best shit in the world. I wanted to bring that feeling back, and not be so of today, but of yesterday—being able to flash back and dress up and have some class about yourself.

Are you a fan of cabaret shows?

It wasn’t so much of me being a fan of it. It was more of the look that I was going for. Everything I do has to have a look, a feel and a sound to it. We got the sound, we got the feel, we just needed the look. And that 1920s look was different, and it fit the Vegas scene. It fit me.

Why’d you decide to do it in Las Vegas?

Vegas is the best place in the world for a party. You get a lot of tourism, you get a lot of exciting people who don’t mind dressing up and coming out and having a good time. There are always bright lights; there’s always something to do in Vegas. Why not have a great show like this, which is on the level of the shows that are already there?

The Cabaret has more traditional stage elements than your other parties and performances. Are you planning to do more of these types of productions?

I’m playing it by ear. This is all DJing right now. It’s my love of music and other people’s music and making people party and being the life of the party. The other things I do are centered around Snoop Dogg and my music, as opposed to me having a love for other people’s music and so many genres of music. I’m able to do more when I’m doing what I’m doing right now.

Do you plan on taking the Cabaret outside of Las Vegas?

Depends on who wants it. If they want it everywhere, then we gotta give the people what they want.

You’ve got your hands in a lot of things from G Pens to your web series. Where does this show fit in with the rest of the Snoop brand?

It’s in the party category—the party, performance, up-close-and-personal, once-in-a-lifetime experience category.

What else do you currently have on your plate?

Working on some music, developing a movie—Mac & Devin Go to High School part two, me and Wiz Khalifa. I’m in the studio with Pharrell, tightening up the knobs and finishing up this project …

A rap project or …

Just some good music. That’s what it’s gonna be.

It’s been 22 years since your debut on “Deep Cover.” Most rappers don’t even last two years. What’s the most important thing that’s contributed to your longevity?

Shit, I don’t know. Luck? I just try to make sure that I do what feels good to me and try to stay up close and personal with the people who love me and give me the spirit to do what I do.

Before we go, I have to ask: How good are Martha Stewart’s brownies?

About a seven-and-a-half.

I thought she’d be more crackin’ than that.

Nah, she didn’t put no chronic in ’em.