It’s 2 p.m., but Snoop Dogg is just waking up in Dallas. He’s in the middle of his summer High Road Tour with fellow MC and weed enthusiast Wiz Khalifa. “It’s like being on the road with a family member,” Snoop says. It’s a busy time in Snoopworld: He just released his 14th album, Coolaid, a return to his classic G-funk sound, and he’s executive-producing Mary + Jane, a stoner comedy for MTV. He’s also filming Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party, in which he and Martha Stewart host various celebrity guests. The pair discovered a unique chemistry during Snoop’s frequent guest appearances on Stewart’s show over the years. “I’ve never met anyone like Martha Stewart,” he says. “When we come together, it’s a natural combination of love, peace and harmony.”
Does the title of Coolaid have anything to do with Beyoncé’s Lemonade?
I watched Lemonade and was like, “Damn.” The music is dope, and the visuals are fly as fuck. But I don’t drink lemonade; I drink Kool-Aid. So I decided to call my shit Coolaid, since I brought so much flavor to the game, and I’m what they consider one of the coolest motherfuckers in hip-hop and life in general. I made a visual album too.
You’re an investor in Merry Jane, which calls itself “the definitive cannabis resource.”
We want it to be the Google of the medical-marijuana sites, with anything you want to know about cannabis. It’s a highway of information, where it’s reliable and coming from me.
Smoking weed makes me too paranoid. Any advice on how to deal with that?
There are strains that deal with paranoia and schizophrenia. You gotta find the one to help you get through what you’re trying to get through.
What’s your go-to strain right now?
I like Kush. B-Real [of Cypress Hill] just gave me some Jet Fuel. I don’t know what it consists of, but that shit is special.
You became a grandfather last year at 43 years old. How did that feel?
It’s the best feeling in the world, man. Watching my grandson crawling, being what my son was to me, it’s a chance to love my son all over again.
The biopic Straight Outta Compton was a huge hit last year. Now, there are rumors of a follow-up that tracks the beginning of your career.
I’m pretty sure there will be. But right now I’m not into it. To me, that’s bandwagon. You shouldn’t do a movie about your life just because you saw the success of Straight Outta Compton.
You and the Game recently led a march to LAPD headquarters to protest police violence. What made you get involved?
I never really had respect or understanding of the police until I got older and realized that most police officers are humans, too. But that day was about saying, “We aren’t going to be done like this anymore by you.” When there’s an incident with a civilian, we need to make sure everyone makes it home safely – not just the officer.
Every day of our lives, this is what we’ve been going through with the police. Getting beat, getting pulled over for nothing, getting harassed, getting killed. All that shit been going on for years, but now there’s cameras and now they’re saying everybody’s woke. No, we’ve been woke.
You posted a video recently where you called Donald Trump a “punkass.”
How could we have someone as reckless as him running our country? I been around for a long time. I seen Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bushes, Clintons. And I never seen a motherfucker like him.
What’s it like to be a fly on the wall when you and Dr. Dre hang out these days?
That’s my big bro. We’re older now. When we used to hang out, it used to be about music, going to a party, girls, clubbing. Now it’s about perfection, because we have a legacy and a dynasty that we don’t want to mess up. We got a couple of things we’re cooking up.
Does that include a tour? People want to see you two on the road.
I think that makes sense more than anything. A Snoop-Dre album would be amazing, but a tour even more, because we have legendary music the world has yet to see us perform globally. I’m pretty sure he wants to do it. He just wants the team in place. Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre – that’s the dream team for him.
What can we expect from Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party?
A little bit of food, drinkin’ and maybe some of that sticky-icky in the air – depends on the network!
So you got Martha Stewart stoned?
I’ll tell you on the show.
Is there a danger of losing too much of your early gangsta-rap reputation?
Nah, because I ain’t 19 no more. I don’t gangbang. You’re dealing with a grandfather, the uncle to the hip-hop game. He’s made a full 360 from where he was to who he is – and that’s what we love about him. He’s a great example of what you can be.
Following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Snoop Dogg led a police brutality protest in Los Angeles. Watch here.