Snoop Dogg will preside today over the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Tupac Shakur, the man who introduced The Doggfather to blunts back in the early 1990s. And if there hadn't been one around at the smoke sesh where Snoop and Tupac were introduced to each other, the two rap icons might have remained rivals instead of becoming friends.
It's hard to imagine that Snoop was once a stranger to blunts given that he's probably forgotten more ways to smoke marijuana than most of us will ever know. But he'd never thought about rolling a joint in cigar papers until Tupac showed him how at the wrap party for the movie 'Poetic Justice' (1993), starring Tupac and Janet Jackson.
That party was the first time that the two rap icons met. And the situation was tense. Right after seeing one another in person for the first time, Snoop and Tupac immediately got into a freestyle rap battle while their entourages sized up each other. After the lyrical battle, a mutual friend invited them to go outside for a puff, but the smoke sesh turned into a standoff with everyone in the circle bogarting their own supply.
"We smoking our own shit for about like 10 minutes, but niggas ain't passed it yet - it's still tense," Snoop recalled in 2015. "We were lookin' at each other. Then I was like, you know what, fuck it. I passed cuz my joint. He took it, and he gave me the blunt. And I'm like, 'Man, what is this?' And he said, 'That's a blunt." He said, 'Nigga, you ain't never had one?' I'm like, "Nah.' He's like, 'Lemme show you how to roll it up.'
"From that moment on, we clicked."
So blunts became a cannabis peace pipe for the rival rappers, helping them cement a friendship that lasted until Tupac was gunned down on Sept. 13, 1996.
For the full retrospective on the night they met, check out this episode of GGN News, where actor Michael Rappaport - who was at the historic meeting - jogged Snoop's memory of meeting Tupac.