Just days after DMX’s death, Snoop Dogg appeared on “The Tonight Show” on Monday where he reflected on his over 25-year friendship with the fallen rap icon, who passed away Friday after suffering a heart attack.
Back in July, over half-a-million people tuned in to watch Snoop and DMX’s epic Verzuz matchup, a moment Snoop will cherish forever.
“It meant the world because it gave the world a chance to see two dogs that naturally love each other celebrate each other in the name of hip-hop,” he told Jimmy Fallon. “We had God in the building with us that night and that makes me feel good about DMX’s transition to know that he’s off to a better place and he’s finally got his angel wings.”
Snoop, whose new album From Tha Streets 2 Tha Suites drops April 20, also recalled the first time he met the Ruff Ryders legend at a concert in 1994. Afterwards, X shared a story that Snoop says was “so deep and instrumental to our relationship.”
“He was like, ‘When you first met me, I was, like, away from him,’ and he was saying, ‘What’s happening? What’s up?’ And I was like, ‘Get at me, dog!’” said Snoop, whose comment would inspire X’s 1997 hit single of the same name.
“He was like, ‘I took that and I made that into my song ‘Get at Me Dog’ because the way you got at me and said that I was like, that’s slick,’” said Snoop. “So that night inspired him to create that song ‘Get at Me Dog,’ which was one of his biggest hood records that he put out.”
But while DMX may no longer be here, his legacy lives on. “This is what we do, we keep hip-hop alive and legends never die,” added Snoop. “Their souls will continue to bless the world. And he was a great spirit. He always looked out for everybody. He always prayed for everybody. So now we can finally say that he got his angel wings and he’s off to a better place.”
In the wake of X’s passing, Snoop shared a touching moment from their Verzuz battle where the rap veterans discussed their love for one another. “What they thought was a battle ended up being a family reunion,” wrote Snoop. “Of 2 Doggs who loved everything about each other thank. U. X for loving me back. C u when I get there.”