When acclaimed singer Dionne Warwick felt unhappy that rappers like Snoop Dogg and Tupak Shakur were using derogatory language towards women in their songs – she decided to invite them over to her home and teach them a lesson.
Dionne called a meeting with the tough-talking rap stars – where she showed them the impact that their words had by making them call her a ‘b***h’ to her face.
Snoop Dogg, 51, recently opened up about the ‘scary’ intervention in CNN’s brand new documentary about the award winning musician, entitled Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, and he admitted that it felt like Dionne ‘out-gangstered’ him that day.
He also spoke out about the enormous impact that the lecture from the legendary hitmaker – who recently announced she will be collaborating with Dolly Parton in a new gospel duet song – had on his own life and music.
Acclaimed singer Dionne Warwick (seen in 1968) once held a meeting at her home after she became unhappy that rappers were using derogatory language towards women in their songs
Teaching a lesson: She invited rap stars like Tupak Shakur (left) and Snoop Dogg (right). Dionne showed them the impact that their words had by making them call her a ‘b***h’ to her face
Snoop, 51, recently opened up about the ‘scary’ intervention in CNN’s brand new documentary about the award winning musician, entitled Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over
Snoop – whose full name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. – explained in the doc that he was pretty nervous when Dionne, now 82, reached out and told him she wanted to meet with him at her house.
At the time, he explained that he was just starting out in his career, while Dionne already had more than 30 successful years in the business.
Dionne asked them to arrive at 7am on the dot, and Snoop recalled getting there eight minutes early because he was so terrified of angering her.
‘We were kind of like scared and shook up,’ he remembered. ‘We’re powerful right now, but she’s been powerful forever.
’30-some years in the game, in the big home with a lot of money and success.’
Also at the meeting was Tupak, Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, and a series of other rappers.
Snoop explained that Dionne demanded that they call her a ‘b***h’ and scolded them for using misogynistic lyrics.
She reminded them that one day they may have daughters who will hear the things that they said in their lyrics and wonder, ‘Daddy, did you really say that? Is that really you?’
‘What are you going to say [to that]?’ he said she asked them. ‘You guys are all going to grow up.
‘You’re going to have families. You’re going to have children. You’re going to have little girls.’
Snoop said Dionne (seen in 1970) demanded that they call her a ‘b***h’ and reminded them that one day they may have daughters who will hear the things that they said in their lyrics
‘You’re going to have families. You’re going to have little girls,’ Snoop (seen in 2004) said she reminded them. ‘They’ll wonder, “Daddy, did you really say that? Is that really you?”‘
‘These kids are expressing themselves, which they’re entitled to do. However, there’s a way to do it,’ stated Dionne in the documentary, while explaining why she decided to speak to the men.
Snoop said that while he was ‘as gansta as you could be’ at that time, he felt like Dionne ‘out-gangstered them that day.’ He is pictured in 2011
Snoop said that while he was ‘as gansta as you could be’ at that time, he felt like Dionne ‘out-gangstered them that day.’
‘She was checking me at a time when I thought I couldn’t be checked,’ he added.
‘We were the most gangsta as you could be, but that day at Dionne Warwick’s house, I believe we got out-gangstered that day.’
Dionne’s lesson certainly had a long-lasting impact on the rappers. He added that he ‘made it a point to put records of joy’ out after that, and decided to focus on ‘uplifting’ people rather than being negative in his music.
‘Dionne, I hope I became the jewel that you saw when I was the little, dirty rock that was in your house. I hope I’m making you proud,’ he concluded.
Snoop’s discography now includes 175 singles and 19 studio albums, and he has sold around 37 million albums worldwide.
‘These kids are expressing themselves, which they’re entitled to do. However, there’s a way to do it,’ stated Dionne (seen in 2017) in the documentary while discussing the meeting
Snoop (seen in 2022) added that he ‘made it a point to put records of joy’ out after that, and decided to focus on ‘uplifting’ people rather than being negative in his music
Snoop’s discography now includes 175 singles and 19 studio albums. Tupac died tragically at age 25 in 1996 but is considered one of the most influential rappers of all time
In 1997, he married his wife Shante Broadus. Together, they share three sons – Corde, 28, Julian and Cordell, both 25 – and one daughter – Cori, 23.
Tupac – who is considered one of the most influential rappers of all time – died tragically at age 25 in 1996.
Dionne previously spoke about the sit-down during an appearance on The Real last year, insisting that she wasn’t ‘dissing’ them, but instead, she was looking out for them.
‘If I didn’t care about you, you would not have been invited to my home,’ she said.
‘They all kind of knew that I was quite serious. We had something to talk about. I was giving them a spanking, and they wanted to know why I was spanking them.’
Dionne, originally from New Jersey, is one of the most-charted vocalists of all time, earning 56 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1962 and 1998.
She has sold more than 100 million records worldwide across her decades-long career, and has won numerous awards – including six Grammys.
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over premiered on January 1 and reflects on her decades-spanning and ongoing career.
The CNN documentary also chronicles the five-time Grammy Award-winning music icon’s impact and activism.
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