Hip-Hop Wired: How did you start touring Snoop?
Larrance Dopson: My homie Terrace, I was like his driver, he didn’t have a license at the time. So then he told me the keyboard player might not show up [for Snoop’s show]. He told me ‘If you take me to this gig, you might [be able to] get on this gig.’ I didn’t believe him so I just took him anyway. It was like 30 minutes to showtime and he [the keyboard players] didn’t show up. He [Snoop] walked right past me, shook my hand, and we played “Next Episode.” From there he told me to go on tour with him for six months.
Hip-Hop Wired: Who are some of the musicians/producers you look up to?
Larrance Dopson: A couple of my favorite producers are like Quincy Jones, Gamble & Huff, Frank Sinatra…all different types of music. Just geniuses. I like people that created a sound. Teddy Riley, Dr. Dre, J Dillah, David Foster.”
Hip-Hop Wired: What is the next step for 1500 or Nothin’ ?
Larrance Dopson: We started as a band, grew into a production company, now we’re a label…we’re about to have a clothing line. We have a non-profit where we help kids, to teach them how to perform. We’re doing this thing with the Grammys at SXSW where we’ll actually be on stage, 1500 or Nothin’, James Fauntleroy and Hit-Boy.
It ain’t just [about] us playing instruments, we’re going to teach them [that] you have to have the right state of mind, we’re gonna teach them about positivity and how all that can affect your music. Then we’re gonna make three hits from scratch with no rehearsal.
Hip-Hop Wired: Interesting that you want to teach them about having a good mindset. Why is that important?
Larrance Dopson: I mean I’ve been doing music for a long time. I didn’t really start making real money until I changed my state of mind. I had to get away from negativity. I started reading books about quantum physics and just how the mind works, and God, and the Bible, you just gotta know yourself. A lot of people get distracted. Our minds are so powerful.