Snoop Dogg on accusations of misogyny: ‘My attitude has changed towards women’

The rapper recently released new album 'Bush'

Snoop Dogg has addressed claims that he promotes misogyny in his music, defending himself in a recent interview.

The rapper released his thirteenth studio album ‘Bush’ earlier in May, recently revealed that the record’s producer Pharrell Williams challenged him over alleged sexism in his lyrics while they worked on the LP.

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Speaking to Sky News recently, the hip-hop star – who had been previously labelled as a misogynist by Oprah Winfrey in 2007 – stated that his attitude towards women has “changed” since his early days.

“What’s changed for me is that I have a family, I have a different perspective and view on life, I have more concern with life,” Snoop Dogg said. “Twenty years ago I didn’t have no responsibilities, I was an ex-gang member who was still affiliated with gangs. I was hard headed and didn’t listen. I had nothing to live for but me.”

Asked about the specific change over his views on women, Dogg added: “Definitely my attitude has changed towards women. I am more sensitive and more vulnerable writing-wise and accepting a woman for being a beautiful person, as opposed to me saying she is a bitch or whore because that was how I was trained when I first started. As I grew I fell in love with my wife and started to love my mother, my grandmother and my daughter. I understood what a woman was and I started to write about and express that.”

However, the rapper added that he had no regrets on any sentiments showcased in previous work: “I have no regrets because I didn’t have that in my life [at the start of career], but when I got that in my life, as I bettered myself, I began to write that and started to live a better life… I’m not disappointed [in former self] because he who doesn’t know it’s his job to learn, to better himself. Once I figured out there was room to grow and learn and to be a better person then I incorporated that in everything I was doing. “I don’t feel like you can be ashamed or mad about not knowing – if you didn’t know, then you didn’t know.”

Watch the full video interview at Sky News.

Snoop Dogg previously admitted to changing the name of the song ‘So Many Pros’ off his new album from its original title of ‘So Many Hoes’.

Snoop told Pigeons and Planes: “That’s what I love about [Pharrell] as a friend – he ain’t afraid to challenge me. [He] was like, ‘You ain’t 25 no more. You’re 43, you’ve got a daughter’.”

Snoop Dogg plays at several UK festivals this summer, having appeared at Radio 1’s One Big Weekend over the weekend, with Lovebox Weekender, Kendal Calling and Y-Not all upcoming.