Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins are two of the most influential figures in the history of hip hop and funk music. They have collaborated on several songs, such as “Jam On” from Bootsy’s 2020 album The Power of the One, and “Undercova Funk” from Snoop’s 2002 album Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss. They have also expressed mutual admiration and respect for each other’s work and legacy. But are they related by blood?
The rumor that Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins are nephew and uncle has been circulating for a long time. Some sources claim that Snoop’s mother, Beverly Broadus, is Bootsy’s sister, making them siblings. Others say that Snoop’s father, Vernell Varnado, is Bootsy’s brother, making them brothers. Some even suggest that Snoop is Bootsy’s son, making them father and son.
The rumor seems to be based on their physical resemblance, their musical style, and their use of the nickname “Dog” or “Dogg”. Bootsy is often called “Bootzilla” or “The Dog Star”, while Snoop is known as “The Doggfather” or “Snoop Lion”. They both wear sunglasses, colorful outfits, and flashy jewelry. They both incorporate elements of funk, soul, and psychedelic music into their rap songs. They both have a laid-back, humorous, and charismatic personality.
However, the rumor is not true. Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins are not related by blood. They are simply good friends and musical partners who share a common love for funk music. According to TalkBass.com, Bootsy himself has denied the rumor several times. He said: “Bootsy and Snoop are not related at all.”
In fact, Snoop Dogg’s real name is Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., while Bootsy Collins’ real name is William Earl Collins. They have different parents, different birthplaces, and different backgrounds. Snoop was born in 1971 in Long Beach, California, while Bootsy was born in 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Snoop grew up in a tough neighborhood where he was exposed to gang violence and drug dealing, while Bootsy grew up in a musical family where he learned to play bass guitar and joined James Brown’s band.
So how did Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins become friends and collaborators? The connection can be traced back to Dr. Dre, the legendary producer who discovered Snoop in the early 1990s and helped him launch his rap career. Dr. Dre was heavily influenced by the music of Parliament-Funkadelic, the collective of funk musicians led by George Clinton, which included Bootsy Collins as one of its members.
Dr. Dre sampled many of Parliament-Funkadelic’s songs for his debut album The Chronic in 1992, which featured Snoop as his protégé and main rapper. The Chronic introduced the genre of G-funk, which combined gangsta rap with funk music. In an interview with HipHopDX, Bootsy praised Dr. Dre and Snoop for creating G-funk and said: “I’ll tell you who I think really commanded G-funk as a source and a force of its own — Dr. Dre and Snoop with The Chronic. That’s where the foundation of G-funk started. They did an excellent job of it.”
Bootsy also revealed that he has plans to collaborate with Dr. Dre in the future. He said: “He did a few drops from me with this party we just had. We talked about it. We were cracking up about different things. He’s was supposed to do some stuff with me on this album [The Power of the One], but the COVID thing hit and we didn’t get a chance to get to it, but it’s coming.”
Snoop Dogg met Bootsy Collins for the first time at the 1992 Soul Train Awards, where they both performed on stage. Since then, they have developed a close friendship and a musical bond that transcends blood ties. In an article by Revolt TV, Bootsy described working with Snoop as follows: “Working with Snoop is always like a breath of fresh air. He is always connected to the streets and the outer-more sensitive limits of the universe. Like a well-oiled machine, he’s always livin’ the dream.”
Snoop Dogg and Bootsy Collins are not related by blood, but they are related by funk. They are two icons of hip hop and funk music who have inspired generations of fans and artists with their creativity, originality, and charisma. They are also two friends who enjoy making music together and having fun along the way.
As Bootsy said in his song “Jam On” featuring Snoop: “We don’t need no DNA, we just need to jam on.”