“I don’t understand how the f*ck you get paid off of that sh*t."
The Writer’s Guild Of America is currently on strike over compensation, streaming residuals and AI affecting writers throughout Hollywood.
Showing solidarity with television and film writers, Snoop Dogg streaming services. Participating in a panel at Milken Institutes’ Global Conference with Variety, Dogg called the streaming models affecting the Writer’s Guild Of America “fucked up”.
He elaborated, “[Artists] need to figure it out the same way the writers are figuring it out. The writers are striking because [of] streaming; they can’t get paid. Because when it’s on the platform, it’s not like in the box office.
“I don’t understand how the fuck you get paid off of that shit. Somebody explain to me how you can get a billion streams and not get a million dollars? … That’s the main gripe with a lot of us artists is that we do major numbers, but it don’t add up to the money. Like, where the fuck is the money?”
Back in March, the Snoop Dogg acquired Death Row Records catalogue returned to streaming services after Dogg pulled the music from streaming last year.
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Snoop Dogg commented, "Since I took Death Row off streaming almost a year ago, not a day goes by without people asking me to put it back up.
"As the Super Bowl rolled around, I knew fans would be looking for the music from our iconic performance in 2022, so I wanted to reintroduce the most historic catalog [sic] to the people. I reached out to the folks at TikTok to make more history…enjoy ya’ll."
Another one of the label’s huge releases, Dr Dre's debut album, The Chronic, which features the hit singles Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang and Let Me Ride, recently returned to streaming services after a year away, just in time for its 30th anniversary.
In April 2020, the record was distributed to all streaming services after being an Apple Music exclusive since 2015. In March 2022, The Chronic - as well as other albums released on Death Row Records, of which Dr Dre was a co-founder before departing - was removed from streaming services.
In January, Universal Music Group and Shamrock Holdings confirmed a deal with Dr Dre to transfer the masters (from Death Row) to Dr Dre. Now, the album has returned to Dre and his original distributor, Interscope Records.