It seems like most modern success stories begin by getting that phone call. The one that changes everything. Hell, the TV show Entourage basically used The Phone Call as a plot device that lasted 96 episodes. Technology has evolved to the point where having to camp the rotisserie phone or losing a signal is pretty much a thing of the past, so those classic stories will eventually fade away, but a good Unbelieving Hang Up will always be timeless. That’s why Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre’s first interaction is so brilliant.
The setup: It’s the early ’90s, and Dr. Dre is at a bachelor party with Warren G, who puts on a tape of Snoop freestyling. Dr. Dre is impressed, saying, “I’m like, ‘That’s Snoop?’ Man, this is a f*cking diamond in the rough and we need to polish it up!’” Dre ends up getting Snoop’s number, calls him, then is immediately hung up on by the Doggfather. It’s a story that will go down in legend, and we’re probably going to get more like it when Defiant Ones — HBO’s docu-series on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Lovine drops.
The first episode of the four-part series will debut July 9th on HBO.