Celebrity inspired me to quit smoking marijuana'

NME - 5 July 2012

Foster The People’s Mark Foster has revealed that Snoop Dogg inspired him to quit smoking marijuana.

Speaking to Q magazine, Foster claimed that he had been persuaded to stop using cannabis after a surprising pep talk from the weed-loving rapper. Snoop, who was arrested for marijuana possession in Norway last month and previously teamed up with country legend Willie Nelson to record a musical tribute to the drug, is well-known for his passion for cannabis.

But recounting their meeting, Foster said: "It's funny, the one time I got star-struck was when I met Snoop Dogg. I gave him a hug and said, 'I love you, man.' It was cool cos I'd just stopped smoking weed three days before.

"I told Snoop, 'I quit smoking but I'd have one with you now if I had the chance,' he added, before revealing: He said 'Y'know what, brother: sometimes you gotta slow down and focus on your shit. From the godfather of marijuana smoking! That was good enough for me.'

Earlier this year Mark Foster told NME that his band plan to record a new album later in 2012. The LP, which he has said will be “heavily” influenced by The Clash and The Kinks, is due out in 2013.

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