If you thought that rappers like the late Tupac Shakur and Snoop Dogg ruled the music scene during the 90s, think again because the Drop It Like It’s Hot singer himself recently confessed that American hitmaker and Twitter queen Dionne Warwick once “out-gangstered” him and other iconic rappers after deciding she’d had enough of their misogynistic lyrics.
In the documentary Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, which premiered on CNN on 1 January 2023, the two celebrities recalled a time when Warwick set up a meeting with Snoop, Death Row Records’ former CEO Suge Knight and other prominent rappers of the period to put them back in their place.
The group was told to come to the Walk on By singer’s home no later than 7 am—Snoop and his peers were so terrified that they were all in her driveway by 6:52 am. “We were kind of, like, scared and shook up,” the rapper recollected in the documentary.
“We’re powerful right now, but she’s been powerful forever. 30-some years in the game, in a big home with a lot of money and success,” the rapper added. Once the group entered Warwick’s mansion, she allegedly demanded they call her a “bitch” to her face. After all, it was the term they all used constantly in their popular songs.
“These kids are expressing themselves, which they’re entitled to do,” Warwick remembered thinking at the time. “However, there’s a way to do it.” Faced with nothing but silence, she pointed out: “You guys are all going to grow up. You’re going to have families. You’re going to have children. You’re going to have little girls, and one day that little girl is going to look at you and say, ‘Daddy, did you really say that? Is that really you?’ What are you going to say?”
Snoop, who did go on to welcome a daughter and three sons, shared how this caution impacted his career later on. “She was checking me at a time when I thought we couldn’t be checked,” he recently shared.
“We were the most gangsta as you could be, but that day at Dionne Warwick’s house, I believe we got out-gangstered,” the weed-loving celebrity added. From there, Snoop made “a point to put records of joy—me uplifting everybody and nobody dying and everybody living,” starting with his 1996 album Tha Doggfather.
“Dionne, I hope I became the jewel that you saw when I was the little, dirty rock that was in your house. I hope I’m making you proud,” he concluded in the CNN documentary. And we bet Snoop’s affection for iconic women lecturing him (when needed) and putting him on the right track may have indirectly influenced his unlikely friendship with Martha Stewart—although it should be noted that she has a somewhat questionable past of her own.