East Coast met West coast last week when Death Row's Snoop Doggy Dogg and
ubiquitous Bad Boy producer Sean "Puffy" Combs buried the hatchet and appeared
together on an episode of the WB network's "The Steve Harvey Show."
episode, which airs Sunday, February 23, Dogg and Combs approach Harvey's
character for permission to sample his music and are turned down by Harvey, who
tells them he won't agree as long as there is animosity between them. The scene
is being touted for its honest attempt to quash the supposed rivalry between
"Suge" Knight's West Coast Death Row Records and Combs' East Coast Bad Boy
The two camps have clashed in the past, once at the Source
magazine rap awards several years ago when Knight very publicly dissed Combs
from the stage, again at the Soul Train Awards in 1996 when guns were drawn,
and several times on wax, where the late Tupac Shakur dissed Combs, the
Notorious B.I.G. and Bad Boy in a song entitled "Hit 'Em Up," a very
Some have also suggested that the tension began even
earlier than that, back in September 1994, when Tupac was ambushed in the lobby
of a Times Square recording studio and shot five times, an episode Shakur later
implied was orchestrated by Combs, B.I.G. and an associate, Randy "Stretch"
Walker, who was later found murdered, execution-style exactly one year after
Shakur's shooting. Combs has denied that he or his posse had any involvement.
In the show, the pair reportedly say there was never any bad blood between
them, and in a press conference last week, Combs said, "I've never had a
problem with anyone...not Snoop Dogg, Death Row or anyone else on the west
coast. It's almost embarrassing at the way that the media has continued to fan
the flames of this east-coast/west-coast rivalry."
Snoop, who has made
some noise about his latest album,Tha Doggfather, being a taste of the
kindler, gentler Snoop, agreed, adding, "I'm focusing on today and where we are
going tomorrow...there is no rivalry and we just need to move on into a more