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Snoop Dogg on why he doesn't regret displaying misogyny towards women

The rapper discussed his early lyrics and the learning process he’s been through since the start of his career in music

Jenn Selby
Monday 25 May 2015 12:46
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Snoop Dogg at Etam's show during Paris Fashion Week
Snoop Dogg at Etam's show during Paris Fashion Week

As a rapper, controversy comes with Snoop Dogg’s well-marked territory.

He’s wide open about marijuana use (he has a medical card for such things), is the proud possessor of a porn empire, and a former gang member in his teens.

Like many Nineties hip-hop stars, the content of his early lyrics was equally controversial, often sexist and degrading to women.

But Snoop doesn’t regret writing them in the slightest. If anything, he says, they stand as a marker to highlight just how far from misogyny he’s come.

“Definitely, my attitude has changed towards women,” he told Sky News.

“I am more sensitive and more vulnerable writing-wise and accepting a woman for being a beautiful person, as opposed to me saying she is a b***h or a w***e because that was how I was trained when I first started, so I have no regrets.”

His attitude changed, he said, as he slowly began to appreciate the important women in his life and the impact they had on his happiness.

“As I grew I fell in love with my wife and started to love my mother, my grandmother and my daughter. I understood what a woman was and I started to write about and express that.

“Once I figured out there was room to grow and learn and to be a better person, then I incorporated that in everything I was doing. I don't feel like you can be ashamed or mad about not knowing - if you don't know, you don't know.”

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