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Rolling Stone published an interview with Suge Knight yesterday. It was the notorious Death Row executive’s first interview in nearly a decade, so naturally, the conversation was full of revealing (and in some cases, slanderous) information. With a focus on Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle (which celebrated its 20th anniversary over the weekend), Suge remembered the huge anticipation surrounding the album and its cultural impact, how Snoop’s murder case almost shut down his career completely and having to “smash” Russell Simmons and Def Jam, who he believed was trying to steal Snoop from him.

Knight also claimed that Daz Dillinger produced the bulk of Doggystyle, but essentially sold the credit to Dr. Dre.

[It] was was pretty much luck. Everybody thought [Dr. Dre] would be doing the records, but Daz pretty much did the whole album. And at the end of the day, once Daz finished it, everybody wanted Andre to get the credit. Next thing I know Daz is having a meeting with Andre and them and came back and said, “It’s okay, give me a few bucks and I’ll sign anything over that says produced by Andre instead of me.”

Today, respected scribe Paul Cantor posted outtakes from his interview with Suge on Medium. He spoke about how he gave Diddy The Chronic samples to use for Biggie’s Ready to Die free of charge while praising Kendrick Lamar and Chris Brown.

Read outtakes from Suge’s interview after the jump…

On the West Coast’s influence and helping Diddy with Ready to Die:

The West Coast has been dry not because the talent hasn’t been there. You’ve got to let these young guys be them. You got Problem, YG, Joe Moses… you got some real talented [guys]. What usually hurts these guys is that people steal their style and sound before they get famous. The Dogg Pound was coming out, then all of a sudden Kriss Kross starting hanging with them and they started rapping like Daz and Kurupt. Da Brat started thinking she was Snoop. That’s how she got on. They’re mimicking the shit that already been done. And not knocking 50 [Cent], 50 came out and had an incredible album, but at the same time 50’s record is all West Coast. If you look at Biggie’s album, Biggie’s album is all West Coast. The first album. When they did the Biggie album, I helped them with that fucking record. I let Puff use every [The Chronic] sample on [Ready to Die], the hottest record of all time, and didn’t charge them. To show some love. Like here. It ain’t shit. We do this shit like we do. I don’t care if it’s a Down South record or East Coast record. If it’s successful, it’s a West Coast vibe.

On Kendrick Lamar:

Kendrick is a dude that’s an incredible artist. I’m not surprised because he’s from Compton. He grew up in Compton, that’s where he lived at, hung out at, and the guys he hangs with from his neighborhood, is p-folk. So there’s no way it wouldn’t rub off on him. There’s no way that his vision wouldn’t be aggressive or that he wouldn’t have the lyrics he has, if he didn’t grow up there. Kendrick know, anybody from Compton, that’s pretty much saying they’re a Death Row artist. That’s what they grew up to, that’s what they know, that was the people they’re involved with… they mimicked their stuff off of the blueprint I laid down. But Kendrick by far is one of them guys that they can’t fuck with. They can’t fuck with that boy lyrically and they better not sleep. Kendrick got a whole army behind him. He got real love out here.

On being a mentor and Chris Brown:

If God bless you enough for you to grow, and give you a chance to have some good advice, you should. Or not just good advice, you need to be there. Because the kids today is a part of us. Take Chris Brown… Chris Brown is by far the most talented guy in the music business right now. Not just as an artist. But as a businessman, writer and an artist. So instead of us being so hateful, you don’t step on number two to become number one. Just be the best at it and you’ll become number one. So it’s definitely important to me for me to play my position and any time I can help these dudes I love to give something back.

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