Snoop delivered a heartfelt speech at Wilson's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony
Snoop delivered a heartfelt speech at Wilson's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony on Monday and opened up about a discussion with the former Gap Band vocalist that saved his marriage to wife Shante Broadus.
"This man right here means the world to me, not just musically but personally, especially when it comes to me and my wife because there were certain phases in my life where I felt like, 'I should be by myself, I should do this alone,'" said the Doggystyle rapper, 52, who's been married to Shante, 52, since 1997.
He explained that Wilson, 71, "was the only one man enough to pull me to the side and let me know, 'Don't blow a good thing. Get back home. You got the greatest woman in the world. You have a family.'"
According to Snoop, the iconic "There Goes My Baby" singer "showed me and taught me by not just saying it, by showing it. So, I appreciate you for showing me them family values."
He and Wilson first collaborated on 1996's The Doggfather album and have since worked together on several subsequent songs. In April 2008, Snoop and Shante renewed their vows in a ceremony held at Wilson's ranch near Los Angeles and both later appeared in his "There Goes My Baby" music video.
During the speech, the "Gin and Juice" rapper also spoke about Wilson's wife, Mahin Tat, and shared a story about one of their first interactions around the time he began working with her husband.
"Let me tell you about his wife, because she deserves a lot of credit for this. When we first got with Charlie, when I was on Death Row Records, and he was just beginning his rehabilitation, his wife at the time was his counselor," recalled Snoop.
"She came in the studio, and she told us, 'Nobody can smoke if Charlie is in the studio,'" added the Emmy winner. "So, the first day we was like, 'Man, who is this lady trying to tell us what to do? What you smoking? We doing what we want to do. You can kick rocks with all that.'"
The following day, they had a more serious conversation about Tat's request. "She pulled me to the side, and she talked to me like my mother — and I was always taught by my mother to respect women and respect your elders," said Snoop. "She put so much respect on me that we didn't smoke in the studio around Charlie Wilson when we was working."
Elsewhere in the "Drop It Like It's Hot" performer's speech, he gave thanks to Wilson for "the things that you taught me — showmanship, business, family."
"That's the treasure to me. because when we get in this industry, we don't really have people who we can count on, who we can go to. We get so far in this industry that you lose contact," said Snoop. "So, to have somebody like you to stay in my life and to be there for me and my family means the world to me, Charlie."
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