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Snoop Dogg‘s history with Tupac Shakur dates back to the early days of the rappers‘ careers in Southern California. They were good friends as they rose to fame in the early 1990s and worked together as collaborators. After Shakur’s death by shooting in 1996, Snoop fainted upon realizing he’d lost his friend.

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Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur rose to fame as a part of Death Row Records

Record executive Suge Knight created Death Row Records in 1991 and launched rappers like Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre to stardom. Tupac Shakur made a name for himself in the early ’90s as well, eventually joining Death Row Records in 1996. The West Coast soon became the hottest place in the country for hip-hop, leading to the infamous East Coast vs. West Coast hip-hop feud.

Snoop and Tupac teamed up for the collab “2 of America’s Most Wanted” from Tupac’s first Death Row album, All Eyez on Me. But that would be the only time the two artists worked together, as Tupac was gunned down in Las Vegas later that year.

Snoop Dogg fainted when he saw Tupac shot in the hospital

Snoop Dogg opened up about his experience losing Tupac in an appearance on Logan Paul’s Impaulsive podcast. “When we drive to Vegas to see Pac, we got to Suge’s house first, so we haven’t even seen Pac,” he explained. “We just talking to Suge, and he got the head wrapped up and he telling us what happened and [saying] ‘Pac gonna be alright, he’s going to pull through. He’s got shot nine times before; he’s going to be alright.’”

Snoop realized just how bad Tupac was shot when he got to the hospital. “We’re feeling like it’s gonna be alright until we go to the hospital and see that it ain’t alright. He’s got tubes in him,” he recalled.

“When I walked in, I could just feel like he wasn’t even there and I fainted,” he continued. He got some reassurance from Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mother. “She was like, ‘My baby ain’t never seen you weak. I don’t want you to be weak in front of him. You go in the bathroom and fix yourself up and you go back in there and you talk to him and you tell him how you feel.’”

Snoop admitted that there was some tension between him and Tupac prior to the rap legend’s death. But his mother assured Snoop that his love for him outweighed any differences they may have had.

“’My baby loves you,’” Snoop remembered her saying. “She knew there was a little tension, but she knew how much we loved each other. So she gave us a moment for me to say some things to him as far as how much I love him. But I knew that that was gonna be my last time speaking with him.”


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Snoop Dogg is carrying on Death Row Records’ legacy

In 2022, Snoop announced that he had acquired Death Row Records, and had plans to bring it into the 21st century as “an NFT label.”

“We will be putting out artists through the metaverse,” he said. “Just like [Death Row] broke the industry when we was the first independent [label] to be major, I want to be the first major [label] in the metaverse.”