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Excerpt: Neil Strauss' Wild Romp Through Celebrity Culture in 'Everyone Loves You When You're Dead'

The longtime Rolling Stone contributor has interviewed everyone from Courtney Love and Eric Clapton to Snoop Dogg
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Snoop Dogg

The Scene: Snoop Dogg's home outside Los Angeles, shortly after the murders of Tupac and Biggie Smalls—and just after Snoop left Death Row Records.

Snoop Dogg: I want you to hear a few songs first.

[Presses PLAY on a DAT machine, and leaves the room while 13 songs he’s just finished recording blare from the studio speakers. As soon as the last song ends, he bursts back through the door.]

Well, did you tape some of it?

Of course not.
You should have.

What?!
Didn’t we talk yesterday about taping pieces of the album and leaking them on the Internet?

Yeah, but most rappers try to avoid leaking their music, because then no one will buy it when it comes out.
Fuck it, just bootleg that motherfucker. Come on, man. I'll give you the ones you want.

[He plays three songs, and watches diligently to make sure I record them.]

Cool. Can we use your wheels? I gotta go get Pampers.

From Everyone Loves You When You're Dead. Copyright © 2011 by Neil Strauss. Published by HarperCollins Publishers.

For more, visit NeilStrauss.com/elywyd

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