It's like New York's been soft
Ever since Snoop came through and crushed the buildings
“He should have just shut the fuck up and minded his business. We went after him after that. Like, I fucking hit you in the head. I took it upon myself like, ‘You know what? This fucking bitch ass nigga popping shit about some shit that he wasn’t even around and his name was involved.’ Tupac was going at him. His name was all in that and he didn’t have nothing to say at that time.
Even though Snoop Dogg is from Long Beach, he and Jay-Z are good friends. Snoop Dogg has beef with Mobb Deep and so, in a video for a diss song recorded with The Dogg Pound (Snoop’s little homies) called “New York, New York”, Snoop Dogg poses as a Godzilla-like creature stomping around and destroying buildings in New York
Here, Jay-Z is taking Snoop’s rebuke as an opportunity for self-criticism, and criticism of his hometown’s hardness
Prodigy: “We were watching TV one morning and seen that Snoop video for ‘New York, New York’ They were kicking over our buildings and stomping through our city. That was some disrespectful shit.
“Automatically I was like, ‘I’m going to make a song calling right back out to them" — L.A., L.A.
“We were performing that song out there [in California] because that song was number one in L.A.
“That’s why we took offense when Jay-Z came out years later. After everything died down—and people lost their lives—he came out with that song ‘Money, Cash, Hoes’ where he had that line ‘It’s like New York’s been soft ever since Snoop came through and crushed the buildings.’ We took offense to that like, ‘How you talking now? We was out there risking our lives.’
Jay-Z was scared of them Death Row niggas, that’s why he ain’t say nothing. If you’re going to wait until after the nigga’s dead to start popping shit, that’s kind of corny.
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