Snoop Dogg, one of the most recognizable names in hip-hop, has established a sort of apotheosis in the 1980s with his deathless hits “Gin and Juice” and “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” In his earlier years, the charismatic rapper had a reputation for making disturbing sexual metaphors that went way past the count of acceptable. (On “Who Am I,” for example, he suggests that he and his girl consort fly to another country by transatlantic air while traveling in his “gift box.”) But now, nearly 20 years after his heyday, the now 49-year-old rapper is trying to be an elder statesman in hip-hop, more open to serious cultural statements than he ever was.
Last night, in between performing a handful of songs, including the surprisingly decent track “Purgatory” off of his most recent album, “Bush,” he took the time to discuss his thoughts on everything from social media to race to social inequality and even, in his case, weed.
Snoop Dogg takes questions from a mostly elderly audience at the Apollo Theater on Nov. 6, 2016, in New York City.
Read the full transcript here.