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Snoop fires up panel

– Music fans who turned out to BMI’s pre-Grammy Awards “How I Wrote That Song” discussion got a little more than they expected thanks to Snoop Dogg – a contact high.

The rapper lit up a large, Kush-filled blunt during Saturday’s panel discussion on stage at The Roxy. The panel also included Busta Rhymes and songwriters Luke Laird and Evan Bogart, all of whom abstained – at least onstage.

Fittingly, the conversation eventually turned to Snoop’s groundbreaking work on “The Chronic.”

Laird recalled growing up at the end of a dirt road 10 miles outside Conneaut Lake, a small town of 700 in rural Pennsylvania. Yet Snoop’s work still infiltrated his world and that of all the other country kids around him. With acoustic guitar in hand, Laird played a bit of his Blake Shelton hit “Hillbilly Bone” in its original form: a rap song.

“Now I feel like more than ever you see these influences crossing genres,” Laird said.

– Associated Press

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