The popular rapper Snoop Dogg respects Nipsey Hussle‘s response when he was asked to play him in the 2015 N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
Snoop Dogg opens up on a phone call
Snoop dropped by the 85 South Show on Monday (December 12) and at one point, the topic of the late Nipsey being asked to portray him in the blockbuster came up. According to Snoop, Nip turned the role down in such a “gangsta” way that there wasn’t even any more to be said after that.
“They was doing Straight Outta Compton movie right? So Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, all them n-ggas calling me,” Snoop Dogg began. “[They said,] ‘Man, we trying to get Nip to play you in Straight Outta Compton! He ain’t getting back to us!’ [I’m like] ‘Aight, let me holla at the lil homie.’
“I hit him up,” he continued. “[I said,] ‘Nip, lemme holla at you! Pull up on me!’ He come over to the spot. ‘Cuh, they want you to play me in the Straight Outta Compton movie!’ I’m happy as f**k to tell him. He like, ‘No disrespect big homie, but I can’t play you in the movie ’cause then people just gon’ know me for being you. I gotta be me. All that’s with all due respect.’ And I was like damn that was gangsta. I [called Dre and Cube back and] said, ‘Y’all gotta go find somebody else!’”
It has been noted a then-unknown LaKeith Stanfield would go on to play Snoop in the film, before rising to fame the following year with his role on Atlanta. Directed by famed director F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton set the record for best opening by a film with an African American director and went on to gross a worldwide total of $201.6 million. However, the film apparently wasn’t completely accurate, and in an interview with HipHopDX last year, N.W.A’s DJ Yella noted it was only around “70 percent correct.”