LOS ANGELES — MTV recently organized the Great Day in Atlanta, Source had its own Great Day in Houston, and on Saturday, it was a veritable Great Day in Los Angeles when Snoop Dogg called just about every artist on the West Coast to appear in Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Clique’s video for “Cali Iz Active.”
“Snoop opened his little black book and called everybody up,” Snoop’s cousin Daz Dillinger said at the clip’s Elysian Park set. “I’m asking who’s coming up here.”
“We’re still wondering who’s coming,” Kurupt offered. “It’s a mystery.”
Shortly after the waiting and anticipation was over, cars started pulling up with the likes of Ice Cube, Too Short, Warren G, Xzibit and Strong Arm Steady, Evidence, Dilated Peoples, JT the Bigga Figga, WC, and DJ Quik.
“This reminds me of the [’Nuthin’ but a] “G” Thang’ video,” Quik, standing next to Xzibit, said of the camaraderie, “and that video is like 12 years old.”
Later, most of the guys in the video filmed a picnic scene together as well as some DPGC performance shots.
“This was how the West was one,” Snoop said, surrounded by all his homies, referencing the title of his West Coast unity tour (see “Snoop And Game Beef Up Their How The West Was One Tour” ). “We all love each other, we’re all one movement. It’s beautiful.”
“We always had a lot of love for each other, but Los Angeles keeps it spread out,” Cube observed. “So we coming together. We realized that it’s all one coast, we need to galvanize the West Coast. Show we all need to support each other.”
As to what “Cali Iz Active” means, Kurupt said, “The song represents the West Coast as a whole. We’re pushing [it] as one positive thing.”
“You getting busy, you in trouble, it’s a lot of stuff going on,” Daz added. “You’ve got the police situation in Cali, the race issue in California, Congress. It’s time for us to step up and show what’s really going on. We’re letting you know it’s active.”
The vibe was so great during the video shoot, all the artists were talking about going on tour together. Ice Cube has started his own tour with Daz and Kurupt and the Clipse, and Snoop has been jumping on some dates.
Tha Dogg Pound Gangsta Clique’s Cali Iz Active LP is due June 27. Kurupt’s next solo LP, Same Day, Different Sh–, comes out June 20, and Daz’s first solo LP on Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label, So So Gangsta, drops July 18.