Snoop Dogg says the East Coast has had a bigger impact on hip-hop than the West Coast. The legendary Long Beach rapper compared the two sides during an appearance on ESPN’s First Take on Tuesday with Stephen A. Smith. He explained that East Coast artists like RUN-D.M.C., LL COOL J, and Grandmaster Flash laid the groundwork for the genre for years to come.

“Definitely East Coast because East Coast started hip-hop,” Snoop explained. “It has the biggest impact where it was born, where it was growth, where it was developed is always gonna be the biggest impact. Because that’s the epicenter, that’s the foundation, that’s where it began. It’s the East Coast.”

He then described New York rappers as the “foundation.” He continued: “We learned from them, we got our style from them, we got our swag from them, we got our know how to get it together from them, our stage presence — everything from RUN-D.M.C., LL COOL J, Grandmaster Flash, to people who didn’t have no record deals. They set the foundation.”


Snoop also discussed his bid to purchase the NHL’s Ottawa Senators in a group with Hollywood film producer Neko Sparks and others. “This opportunity came for me to be a part of the ownership of the Ottawa Senators so I jumped on it,” he said. “And the plan that we have is to go and build a Snoop Youth Hockey League outside of Canada so kids in urban communities can learn about hockey [and] can play the sport.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the two discussed Snoop’s hometown Los Angeles Lakers preparing to take on the Golden State Warriors in the second round of the NBA playoffs. The Lakers went on to upset the Warriors in Golden State 117-112. Game 2 will tip off at 9:00 PM, ET on Thursday.