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Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson: A match made in chicken and greens

An image from the video for the song “My Medicine,” by Snoop Dogg featuring Willie Nelson.
An image from the video for the song “My Medicine,” by Snoop Dogg featuring Willie Nelson. Snoop Dogg Vevo

During his keynote address (which was really a glorified Q&A) at the South by Southwest Music Conference on Friday, Snoop Dogg emphasized his interest in all kinds of music, which allows him to work with a variety of fellow recording artists. Like Willie Nelson.

In 2008, the two collaborated on a version of Snoop Dogg’s “My Medicine.” The pairing wasn’t as odd as it seemed, Snoop Dogg said of he and Nelson, who are fond of more than just marijuana.

“We like animals. We like good music. And ... we like grass. So it’s a natural, you know? When I met him I said, ‘Willie, I love you. You might not think I do, but I do,’ and I started singing ‘On the Road Again.’ And he said, ‘Y’know what, Snoop? I’m a bigger fan of yours than you are of mine. My daughter’s a fan. My sister’s a fan.’ It was love at first sight.”

Snoop flew to Amsterdam (of all places) on April 20 (of all dates). And Nelson plied him with all kinds of substances.

“We was chilling in Willie’s room, and we was playing dominos — and he was whooping my ass in dominos,” he said. “But at the same time, he passes me a paper, a cigar, a vapor, a bong and — what is that thing with the plastic bag? I don’t even know the name of it — a volcano.”

Snoop surrendered and ended the siege by suggesting they go out and get something to eat. So he and Nelson climbed into a van and set out for some KFC. And we’ll let Snoop finish the story:

“We pull up in the drive-through and order chicken. We open it up, and me and Willie stick our hand in at the same time and we grab the same piece of chicken. And I look at Willie and I’m like, ‘That’s you, dawg. My bad,’ and I let him go and have it.

“That was one of the greatest moments in my life, me and Willie Nelson grabbed the same piece of chicken at the same damn time.”

Here’s the “My Medicine” video.

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