The Alchemist Tells All: The Stories Behind His Classic Records (Part 1)

Snoop Dogg "I Love to Give You Light" (2004)

Album: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
Label: Geffen, Star Trak, Doggystyle

The Alchemist: “Prior to that song, I had done stuff for Tha Eastsidaz’ Duces 'n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way. So I connected with Snoop then and did a lot of work with him then. We even did some stuff at the time that didn’t surface that was just him.

“So I already had the connection which was dope. That song came through by me staying in touch with him and sending him beats. His management and people are good friends of mine so I tried to stay on it.

“It’s tough because there are so many producers that Snoop has at his fingertips so it’s hard to get his full attention. Even the little moments or any bit of attention I can get from him to give him a track I appreciate.

 

Snoop came through with coffee bean sized bags of weed and he would roll two blunts the long way and have it looking like a retardedly overgrown magic wand, like a fat magic wand. It would be like smoking a piece of a tree. Anytime I ever did something with him in the studio, there was an obnoxious amount of smoke in the air.

 

“I was not in the studio with Snoop on that song but I’ve had mad vacations in the studio with him which are incredible stories. He came through with coffee bean sized bags of weed and he would roll two blunts the long way and have it looking like a retardedly overgrown magic wand, like a fat magic wand. It would be like smoking a piece of a tree. Anytime I ever did something with him in the studio, there was an obnoxious amount of smoke in the air.

“It’s ill because anytime I ever did anything with him, I would be skipping through beats and the minute the beat came on he would start freestyling. He would be mumbling some fly shit and that ended up being the hook for both joints. He was so spontaneous. When he catches a vibe it opens the filter. When a beat plays he allows whatever to come to his mind and that becomes the hook. It was really dope to me.

“And if something didn’t catch him [right away] it was on to the next. He would never sit around for hours and scratch your head to a beat. It was just so organic, it was dope.

“Everybody would be in the room and they would just start freestyling to the beat. After playing it for two minutes and everybody freestyling he would just say, ‘Okay you can charge that one to the game.’ That’s it. So anybody who worked with Snoop would tell you it was a dope experience. It makes work fun and its always a bonus when work is fun.

“I remember Bun B calling me after that song saying he was loving that shit. That meant a lot too, having someone like him reach out and say that was dope.”

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