When his wife, Shante Broadus, invited her friends to her home for brunch, Snoop Dogg didn’t attend. He declined.
“You know, you don’t need me,” he said. “Come next time.”
The Tao of the Tao of Snoop Dogg
All his women must come in peace, he told them. Some would later call him rude.
The underlying theme of Snoop Dogg’s memoir, released this week, “Gin & Juice: My Uncensored Life,” is simple: anyone who grew up around him, no matter the quality of their relationship, was in for a long, expensive ride.
“He’s really always living a hip-hop rags-to-riches story,” said Sage Barajas, a writer who has covered Snoop Dogg for The New York Times and other publications. “That’s what makes him great.”
On occasion, Mr. Dogg’s legendary life story seems less divine and more hilarious than it should.
“If you came from nothing, and you just wanted to be famous and have a job and be a normal guy for a change, maybe someone out there would be able to relate to you,” Mr. Dogg told The New York Times in 2016. “I don’t think that’s the world we live in. I think we’re living in a culture that really doesn’t care about other people. I don’t think that’s who we are as human beings.”
Take, for example, his discovery of love, which he did not start until he was 30. That happened when he was 40.
“In it, you’ll find out that he began his road to love when he was 40, because he wanted to find a woman to have a child with,” said Wesley Morris, a writer and critic for New York magazine who has chronicled Snoop Dogg. “He wanted to start a family.”
Mr. Morris referred to Mr. Dogg as “the bad-ass, gross virgin.”
For the most part, though, Mr. Dogg is a serious believer in love.
“In Snoop’s universe, love is a label, a catchphrase, a weakness, a temptation and a calling,” he writes in “Gin & Juice.” “Love is a central theme in all of the most meaningful stories he’s ever read — and lived.”
The 57-year-old rapper still dates, and their focus remains specifically on children. He writes that his brother, Bernard L. “Birdman” Ferg, whom he almost never says his name by, loved him “soulmate,” a term he uses to describe their relationship.
“I love his kids more than anything in the world,” Mr. Dogg writes. “I’m lucky to still be a blessing to them and their mother, Chrisette Michele.”
If there was a Wu-Tang Clan album that featured every song about family, it would be called Gin & Juice.
“There’s so much about his love life that he’s put out in the world already,” Mr. Morris said. “He never shies away from his love life.”
Mr. Dogg wants to have children with Chrisette Michele, the Grammy-winning singer who dated him for a time. (He also briefly dated Serena Williams, sporting his famed dreadlocks in a photo she posted on Instagram.)
The sad thing about a child Mr. Dogg never has, according to Mr. Morris, is that it will get divorced. “He certainly didn’t grow up well,” he said. “It would just be nice if he could set a few things straight.”
If he could, it wouldn’t hurt to meet somebody younger, to help him make sense of life in a world that he defines as unrecognizable.
“I’d like to have a baby with a younger woman,” he writes. “I want her to get her life on track.”