Pharrell was too high to finish the song.
Snoop Dogg’s new song, “California Roll” isn’t about sushi, it’s an ode to his favorite pastime, marijuana.
It looks like Snoop Dogg is looking to reclaim his marijuana loving musician crown from Rihanna, not that he ever really lost it. This time he does it with longtime collaborator Pharrell and, unexpectedly, Stevie Wonder.
The song isn’t deep, or illegal. It’s about medical marijuana, which California is famous for. Snoop has given up his reggae Snoop Lion persona for the time being and returned to the experimental R&B he presented to us on his 2008 hit, “Sensual Seduction.” “California Roll” is a laid back alternative in the race for summer anthem, but he might have a shot.
Snoop and Pharrell sat down with Yahoo to discuss how the song came together.
Snoop: “I didn’t wanna rap on it because I felt like it wasn’t a rap song…once we got to the studio…I was like man I hear Stevie Wonder on this…and I got him… [I called Stevie Wonder and said] I’m in the studio with Pharrell…the next hour he showed up and he was ready to work.”
Pharrell: “And I was so scared.”
Snoop: “I was smoking so much that you had caught a second hand contact, so Stevie shows up and we get him in there and we like Stevie we just want you to do the harmonica…I’m like Pharrell produce him and you were sitting in the chair [passed out]…I hit the button and said Pharrell said just sing some adlibs…you were so high.”
Pharrell: “But the song turned out so amazing…when you listen to California Roll it’s like a soul sushi roll.”
Snoop has a few hidden gems on previous albums and produces some of his greatest work when he takes musical risks. One of my personal favorites is “My Medicine” from his album Ego Trippin featuring the unexpected addition of Willie Nelson and Everlast. It’s also about drug use; we can’t fault him for consistency.
Bush is out May 12th and features appearances from Gwen Stefani, T.I., Rick Ross, and Kendrick Lamar.