After recently revealing to the world via a Happy Socks campaign that he loves to paint, Snoop Dogg sat down with Paper Magazine to talk art, weed, and how one tends to beget the other. During the course of the interview, Snoop is called the "Johnny Appleseed of weed" for leaving half-smoked blunts around for others to hit, and he was compared to one of the most famous artists of all time, but had no idea who the interviewer was referring to.
Snoop explains that he got into painting in Australia at the Versace hotel. When he feels inspired during his travels, he sends someone out for canvases and paints while he smokes. "I just be on a straight binge every time, like, boom, boom, boom. All the way. Then when I finish, if I'm smoking—which, I'm usually smoking—my finishing touch is ashes or me just blowing smoke on the picture. Just give it that ambience." Interviewer Alex Scordelis tells Snoop that he is like Jackson Pollock, because the artist used to drop cigarette butts on his work, to which he classically responds "Now that's my kinda nigga right there. That's amazing. What's his name? Get some footage on him, Kevin. I'm gonna be the new him."
At the end of the interview, Snoop talks about the effect that weed has on his work. "It gives me more vision, more thought process... I'm intense and I'm focused on what I'm doing, whether it's the color scheme or adding some sprinkles or even just a pattern. One thing about art, with paint, is that you could just throw some shit on the wall and make something out of it. So if you put your time and effort and focus into it, you can make something really creative."