Legendary hussy harasser Dionne Warwick is receiving her flowers in the upcoming CNN documentary Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over. But one story involving Snoop Dogg during the early days of his career sounds like a scene straight out of The Godfather. Dionne invited Snoop, Suge Knight, and Kurupt to her house for a 7 a.m. meeting about their misogynistic lyrics, and Snoop admits at the time we were nervous before the meeting (as he should have been).
Entertainment Weekly reports Dionne invited the three of them to her home for a lesson on how to keep things classy and not trashy while expressing their art. And Snoop realized he was in the presence of a different kind of gangster, so he shut up and listened to what she had to say.
“We were kind of, like, scared and shook up,” he said, per CNN. “We’re powerful right now, but she’s been powerful forever: thirtysome years in the game, in the big home with a lot of money and success.”
After welcoming them in, the Grammy-winning vocalist (and social media superstar) reportedly shocked Snoop and his contemporaries by asking them to call her a bitch — a nod to how liberally they used the word in their lyrics.
“She was checking me at a time when I thought we couldn’t be checked,” Snoop explained. “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.”
First of all, can you imagine Dionne Warwick asking you to call her a bitch? Snoop would have gotten a foot in his ass immediately. But Dionne wanted them to understand that who they were wasn’t who they would always be. And even though Suge clearly did not get the message, she still believes it was a positive encounter.
“I told them, I said, ‘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. And one day, that little girl is going to look at you and say, “Daddy, did you really say that? Is that really you?” What are you going to say?’ I think it got through to them.”
I’m going to assume after her life lesson, they said, “Yes, ma’am,” before rolling up a few joints and drinking gin and juice on Dionne’s couch for the rest of the day.
Check out Dionne’s story below (at the 1:33 mark).