Snoop Dogg made history when he released his debut album, Doggystyle, on November 23, 1993 as he was the first artist to have a debut enter the Billboard 200 charts at No. 1 selling 800k plus copies in its opening week. Now 20 years later, Snoop reflects on the album that put his name on the map.

During a recent interview with MTV, Snoop Dogg reflected on Doggystyle, for the 20th anniversary of the album, which spawned classic records such as “Who Am I? (What’s My Name),” “Gin and Juice,” Murder Was The Case, “Lodi Dodi,” “Ain’t No Fun (If the Homies Can’t Have None),” and many more.

Snoop says he’s never listened to Doggystyle in full:

I don’t believe I’ve ever listened to the whole album and I’m being honest with you. I ain’t never listen to Doggystyle top to bottom. I may have listened to songs, but I’ve never listened to it.

He explained what it meant for him to drop an album on his own:

Back then it meant a lot because it was being able to stand on my own two feet and put out a project for the first and to actually be heard and seen for who I am individually. Now what it means, it’s an accomplishment. Looking back at it, it was very well put together, it was standards, it showed me the way to do it, the only way to do it.

As the interview continued, Snoop revealed which songs from the album were his favorite as he said either “Gz and Hustlas” or “Murder Was the Case,” and he quickly noted that “Gz” was a freestyle that he did during mic check, then explained how “Murder Was The Case” came together:

“Murder Was the Case” that was kinda hard because I started writing on another beat and I was writing a different kinda story. And then once Dre gave me that beat the story came to life and it was like I’m writing a story about me making a deal with the Devil, me going to jail.

He adds that the things he was writing about started to happen:

These things didn’t even happen to me, then I’m writing about ‘em and slowly but surely those things began to happen to me.


The LBC rapper says Doggystyle paved the way for him to release other classics:

Through my career I’ve been able to put out projects that were strong and muscular like that, that were able to stand the test of time and become classics and I believe that project is what shaped and molded me because it was the first project that I put out on my own where I was my own guy.

Watch Snoop’s interview with MTV News below:

[Bonus] MTV went into their vaults and brought out Snoop and Dre’s interview about releasing Doggystyle from 1993: