Snoop Dogg defends smoking marijuana with 18-year-old son: ‘I wanna show him the proper way because he looks up to me’

The family that smokes marijuana together, stays together? Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion as he now prefers to be called) is defending the controversial photo his 18-year-old son Corde tweeted on September 13 of himself lighting his father's bong. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the rapper says, "My kids can do whatever the hell they want. For me to say otherwise would be hypocritical. A lot of motherf--kers don't have a relationship with their kids, and that's when they get on drugs and have suicidal thoughts and drive drunk. Me and my son is mellow. I'm his father, so I wanna show him the proper way because he looks up to me. What better way to get it than from the master?"

And it seems Corde is an apt pupil. When the THR reporter arrived at Snoop's home for the interview, the teen was sitting in the backyard rolling joints. But getting high isn't Corde's only pastime (although it seems like it, judging from his Twitter feed) — he wants to be a rapper like his famous father. Still, don't expect Snoop to just snap his fingers and make it happen. "He's getting there," Snoop says of his oldest child (he also has son Cordell, 15, and daughter Cori, 13), who has already written songs titled "Rollin, Rollin, Rollin … Stoned" and "Commemoration of Vaporization." "I see myself in him, but he needs to walk in his own shoes."

Snoop, 40, also talks about his career, which as of this year has spanned two decades. In addition to his own songs, he has also appeared on more than 70 tracks from other artists, including Katy Perry, Pussycat Dolls, and Akon — but there are still a few he's waiting to get a call from, including "Smooth Operator" singer Sade. Snoop says that he gets those types of requests at least three times a month, and sometimes he doesn't even get paid for his time in the studio. "I'm not one of those rappers who's like, 'I'm hot right now, give me $100,000,'" he tells THR. "It ain't about the money, it's about respect. I try to make it happen because for them to even reach out to me to be a part of their project, I give them mad respect back."

For example, Wu-Tang Clan rapper Raekwon recently reached out to Snoop to appear on one of his songs, but there was a slight problem when he heard the track. "He called me and was like, 'I need to get you on this song,'" explains Snoop. "But the thing was, me and him had the same beat from the same producer. So I was like: 'That's your beat. You can have it.' Now I've just gotta find time to give him that verse because I love Raekwon and Wu-Tang."

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