If there’s one thing Snoop Dogg‘s Instagram page is good for, it’s reminders of hip-hop history. Well, that and memes. But on the former topic, Snoop has made it clear that he’s all about paying homage to the legends in the game. As one of those very same, many of those very same legends happen to be his friends and collaborators.
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Today, Snoop took to Instagram to show some love to a gang of hip-hop royals, made up of six essential figures in the game. Of course there’s Dr. Dre, Snoop’s mentor and frequent partner in crime, having connected on over a dozen tracks — many of them undisputable classics. 2Pac Shakur is next up, another of Snoop’s homies and collaborators. Same goes with Ice Cube, a pioneer of west coast lyricism and contributor to Snoop’s Last Meal cut “Set It Off.”
On the bottom row is Eminem, with whom Snoop worked on “Bitch Please II”; though they never connected on another track, the pair did recently join forces in the studio back in 2018. In the center stands the lone rapper Snoop never actually collaborated with — the Notorious B.I.G, though Faith Evan’s “When We Party” sort of captured what that particular team-up might sound like. And of course, rounding out the set is Snoop Dogg himself, one of hip-hop’s most valuable players — literally beloved by all. “Remember we are royalty,” he captions, confident in his assessment and rightfully so.