SOUL PLANE - DVD Q&A with SNOOP DOGG
Was the movie party like, uh, you know, like the party last night?
Um, huh uh. Little different.
I heard you was real serious and doing your thing and you know...
Yeah, yeah, yeah, you know, trying to just be the best at, of what I can do, you know, 'cause whenever I come into a movie I look at it as an honor, you know what I'm saying? Give me the opportunity to even be on the big screen, and I try to take advantage of every minute that I get, you know what I'm saying? Even if I got in one scene I'm gonna try to stretch this scene so big to where you're gonna know that I was in this movie. So that's what I try to come on every project with that attitude.
Do you like to fly?
I like to get real high, baby. [Laugh] No, I like to fly. No, I'm just messing with you. I like to fly. I like to fly private though.
Had you worked with the director Jessy Terrero before SOUL PLANE?
Yeah, we done some music videos together and it was actually while we were shooting a video that he agreed to direct the film. I told Jessy there was only one captain for his plane and when he called me to ask me to do this film, I said, I'm your Captain Mack with the sack so lay your head back and enjoy the ride.
Can you tell us a bit about your role?
Captain Mack is new to the flying game and the only training he's had is a pilot class taken at Pelican Bay State Penitentiary. It was either get a GED or get a pilot's license, so basically Mack is just trying to get the plane to NYC safety and make sure everything is beautiful while we coast.
Can we just get right down to it and talk about the Snoop Room?
What room, baby? [Laugh]
On the set. The Snoop Room on the set and I don't know. We've got different reports about what's in there. But having interviewed you enough, I know it's always better to go to the source.
I know that's right. I'm gonna step your game. What do you want to know, baby?
I want to know first of all whose idea it was, what was in there, and, uh, was it really the hot place to be while they were making this movie?
Um, I think it was their idea mixed with my idea, knowing how I get out. And the things that were in there pleasure. And, um, it definitely was the hot spot to be in because everybody else just had a regular trailer. And there ain't nothing in there but a wall and a bathroom, you know. So my room was very exciting, you know what I'm saying? Anything could happen at any given point, you know. You just had to be there to experience. It's a, it's a pleasurable, treasurable moment in my life and, um, those who happen to be a part of it, thank you.
Did you take anything home with you from the Snoop Room?
Yeah, I took some airplane chairs to the pad. So I got two sets of airplane chairs, um, I set him in front of his little video game so we're playing the game. We're riding first class.
What's your favourite video game to play? They talked about playing the, uh, Madden games.
Um, E.A. sports games like Madden or basketball. Probably Madden would be my favorite.
What team do you like to be?
I like playing with, who I be beating up suckers, would, uh, I like Randy Moss. I play with the Vikings, um, Michael Vick, I'll go with the Falcons. Or the Steelers. You know, I'm a Steeler fan in real life so I gotta run with my boys every once in a while. They just don't be making them ride on the video games.
How did you become a, a Steeler fan growing up in Southern California?
Um, well, my neighborhood, that's, that's the team that we wear, you know, all of my homies when we was young. We would love, you know, Franco Harris, Lynn Swann, Stallworth, Bradshaw, Rocky Bleier, we loved all of them, you know what I'm saying? How they did their thing. And their defense was just immaculate. So basically the older homies was loving them so they made us love them and, you know, we just stayed on what we dealing with.
What's your favorite scene in the movie?
When me and, um, Method Man was having a little private conversation and we were being overheard by the passengers about my baby mama, and I said what I would do to make sure she couldn't get no child support money, I'd crash this plane. I said hell and dropped the whole plane.
Did the pilot always smoke when you, you were cast?
Um, that was how he was wrote. He was wrote as the cool fly pilot who gets high.
Did you like the AIRPLANE movie?
That's what the director Jessy said when he first told me about it - SOUL PLANE is a kind of an urban take on AIRPLANE! But the only thing I remember about that is Kareem Abdul Jabar.
We talked earlier with Mo'Nique and also with Kevin, because in terms of the beginnings of their career it was really about having faith and trusting and believing in yourself. What was the defining moment where you realized that, that you going into your career was really going to be good and trusting yourself to move forward. And, could you tell me what that moment was when you realized, I mean, you were not looking back and you really didn't have any evidence, you just knew you had to believe in yourself and what that's about.
Um, I mean, I, I believed in myself from Day One. You know, that's why I feel like people believe in me. You have to start with yourself, you know, and every opportunity I get, like I said, I treasure it. So from the first moment I was, you know, given the opportunity to rap for Dr. Dre and to write a song for me and him, you know, I went into it with, like, it's me against the world. I have to come up with the most clever rhymes, the flyest way to say it like it's never been said before and, you know, believing in myself first and having faith in what I do to make others have faith in me. And once I got to that point, I mean, it wasn't no looking back, you know what I'm saying? From the moment I stepped on the scene with Dr. Dre it was, like, I don't want to go back to selling drugs. I don't want to go back to getting shot at and shooting and hanging out and doing nothing and not having nothing to live for. I mean, this is the life I want to live and I'm on a mission.
So if believing in yourself is a muscle, how do you exercise it?
Surrounding yourself with good people and just finding out what you know how to do and doing it well. You know what I'm saying? Whatever it is. If it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft. Everybody's not gonna be a rapper. Everybody's not gonna have a, a gift with words and know to converse and how to lay business with a microphone. So you have to find out what you know how to do. I mean, there's some things that I can't do. I don't know how to golf. I can't play baseball. You know what I'm saying? It's a lot of things that I can't do, but the things that I can do I try to be good at them and I try to master them and study up on how I can better myself in these situations that I'm trying to be good in.
You said you appreciate the lifestyle you lead now. I'm just wondering what's the best part of everything? What is it that you appreciate the most?
How people really get the good things that I do and take them and run with them. It's not about what I do bad. It's about what I do good. And you take that and you look at it and you run with it. Because everybody does something bad. It just so happens that's it's the camera on me 13, 14 hours a day. You know, if we had a camera on you for 13, 14 hours a day, what would we see?
The big screen versus, you know, your recording career. I mean, now you're getting more movie roles, it's like people are taking your character as a rapper and just, making it into a position to, to every movie that you're doing. How do you, what do you think about that? You still got a love for the game that you started?
Yeah, I mean, like I always say. I love making music and I'm falling in love with making records, so it's like having two girlfriends. But I can handle it. [Laugh]
It seems like the, the way your, your music career started, kind of, you being featured on tracks and then being the hot tracks, it's almost like that's what's happening with movies, is they're putting you in movies and...
Exactly. That's exactly what's happening.
Are you planning on, like, stepping it up where...
Yeah, I gotta come with a solo movie, you know what I'm saying? Like I did with them solo records. But the thing that, that made me win on the music chip, I had the best producer in the game. I had the best concepts, the best setup. Everything was put together right, you know what I'm saying? So it has to be like that with the movie. I have to have the best director, the best script, the best material, the best, you know, whatever it is at the time. I can't just settle for less and say well this is gonna be my solo movie. I want, like I told somebody earlier, I want to be the Black Tom Cruise, as crazy as that might sound, you know, 'cause I want to be able to have, you know, the movies that I want when I want and be able to get what I want.
Talking about the music things for a second, you know, we've been hearing about the 213 Resurrection forever, is that really happening?
It's official like a referee with a whistle. It'll be out in August. First single was called Groupie LoveError! Bookmark not defined.. It's off the hook. It's produced by D.J. Poole. I went and got Poole, 'cause Poole was West Coast pioneer. And, um, the record is just amazing. I mean, when you hear this record, it's some of our best work, you know what I'm saying? It reminds me of the Chronic record because it's so left field. It so catches you off guard to where it's, when you hear it, it's, like, this is a musical record. How long did it take y'all to make this record? About three years? And we made that record in, like, three months.
What are you writing about now?
Um, love, happiness, um, the same scenarios all over again, repeating itself, breaking the chains, trying to be more educational with myself and not really trying to give you a message. But just trying to be more education and sometimes you can say things in a way to where you can really give a good message.
With the music business, rap, hip-hop in particular, where do you see klunk in the picture from your personal point of view?
Well, hip-hop is what makes the world go around. You could take anything off the face of the world and the world will continue to move. If you take hip-hop off the face of the earth the world will stop. I honestly know it and believe it. Every movie that comes out has to have some type or form of hip-hop in it. If it ain't slang it's the music, it's this. Rock and roll got hip-hop in it. Why is hip-hop the only music that's constantly being stolen and used and bought out and always being criticized? You feel what I'm saying? But at the same time we're getting a lot of opportunities because hip-hop stars are becoming movie stars. We're becoming clothing line owners. We're becoming moguls. We're becoming big guys in the game to where we're not just hip, hop, don't stop, holding a microphone, you know, rapping. We're actually controlling businesses, buying entities, becoming entrepreneurs. So the game is definitely big and beautiful but I feel like the rap world needs a president and a vice president and some structure, because there's no structure. We just do it and we do it good and if we fall off we fall off. There's nothing designed to help us. We don't have no pensions. We don't have no education. We don't have nothing there for us to help us. So we need to really get some structure amongst ourselves.
If you were the captain of the airplane, would you be the captain or be willing to put yourself in that presidential role for the hip-hop community?
I definitely would, you know what I'm saying? Because I feel like I'm strong enough to do that and I'm cool with everybody in the rap game. I'm about the only rapper that is loved by every rapper in the game, you know, I don't have no enemies in the game when it comes to, to making this music. All my peers respect me like I respect them. It's because I give them respect. I don't come in the game demanding respect. I give respect.
Speaking of media, I'm just curious what you feel is the biggest misperception about you out there right now?
I don't know. [Laugh] I don't know. [Laugh] I don't really trip. 'Cause to me, all publicity is good publicity. Even when bad publicity comes. I tell my peoples, it don't bother me because I know how to handle anything out there. I, I come from nothing. So, to me, I don't have no gripes with the media, as far as with me, individually. But, in general, you know it's a lot of things that they do wrong. But, we'll deal with them accordingly.
How self-conscious are you about your performance? I mean, when this DVD comes out, people can freeze frame, they can slow-mo, they can watch it over and over again. Are you at all concerned about that?
No, I don't worry about what I do, I did it, it's done, you know what I'm saying? I've got to do it. Ain't nothing to it, but to do it.
If you were to make a movie based on your life, what would it be called?
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All you've done and all you wanna do, what do you really want your legacy to be?
You know what? I don't even know and I don't, I don't even really worry about that. I'm running a race right now, you know what I'm saying? I'm trying to get to the finish line. And when I get to the finish line, I wanna be an old man looking back and seeing all of the great things that I did, all of the people's lives that I changed. And how I was effective, how I was negative, in the beginning, how I hurt people and how I changed my life and got my life together and became who I am. You know what I'm saying? So, I'm waiting until that day come before I decide to figure out what it look like, or what's it gonna look like.
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