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Snoop Dogg

A musical and cultural icon, hip-hop Renaissance man, entrepreneur, and Hollywood’s newest leading man, SNOOP DOGG is quickly becoming the hottest commodity in the world of entertainment. Snoop’s music fans won’t be disappointed this year with two new projects on the rise. This November, he will drop his highly anticipated solo record Snoop Dogg R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta The Masterpiece. This newest solo album promises Snoop’s same beloved rap style, with a series of surprise guest stars, including Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes. The two have been hard at work in the studio for months collaborating on a fresh new sound for the album. The first single off the album, “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” has already created tremendous buzz on both on the radio and in the streets, positioning the album to be a huge chart topping success. Already out this year, Snoop re-connected with his childhood friends, Nate Dog and Warren G on the successful album 213: The Hard Way. The album was #1 in Southern California and is rising in the Billboard Top 5 every week. Snoop was also seen on tour this summer performing his favorite old and new school hits with a “rock” flare on the Project Revolution tour. The tour, a musical collaboration that included rock bands Linkin Park and Korn, was a crowd-pleasing success throughout the country. Furthering his entrepreneurial status, Snoop is partnering with leading modern fashion performance brand Pony, to create a shoe collection called “The One and Only.” This particular line of shoes will marry Snoop’s signature West Coast flavor with the classic Pony design. The collection will be unveiled this November and will be available in exclusive stores globally for the Fall/Winter 2005 collection.

Snoop is venturing into a project that is close to his heart. He is heading up the “Snooper Bowl” football tournament in which he coaches his son’s team. The Inaugural “Snooper Bowl” is an upcoming charity football event being put on by Snoop, the Super Bowl Host Committee, The Firm, and Jacksonville-based Axcess Sports & Entertainment. This event will pit Snoop’s youth all-star team from California against an opposing Jacksonville youth all-star team. The game will be played the day before Super Bowl XXXIX (February 5th, 2005) at Raines High School in Jacksonville, where the teams will compete for the “Snooper Bowl Trophy,” which is being provided by the world-renowned Tiffany & Co, makers of the Lombardi Trophy given to the winners of the actual Super Bowl. All proceeds from the “Snooper Bowl” will go to Snoop’s Save A Life Foundation, which works with inner-city youth and children’s hospitals.

Snoop was last seen on the big screen starring in MGM’s comedy hit SOUL PLANE. He heads up an all-star comedy cast in this story of the first ever ride of the black owned NWA Airlines. Snoop plays none other than ‘Captain Mack,’ a cool, smooth-talking pilot that, once he takes flight, discovers he has a fear of heights. The film had audiences laughing hysterically and is currently available on DVD.

Earlier this year, fans caught Snoop on the big screen playing the powerful, but extremely lovable gangster ‘Huggy Bear’ in the hit comedy STARSKY & HUTCH. The film starred Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, but with Snoop’s undeniable charisma and screen presence, his scene-stealing performance gained him respect from critics and audiences alike. Previously, he was seen on the big screen playing himself in another successful comedy, Todd Phillip’s OLD SCHOOL.

Snoop was recently featured in his own comedy/variety show “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle,” on MTV. His visibility on the big screen, and comedic sketch comedy display on “Doggy Fizzle,” led to Snoop’s successful hosting stint on “Saturday Night Live” on May 8th, 2004. His appearance not only gained him audience respect, but was also critically reviewed and earned “SNL” some of its highest rating numbbers of the year.

Snoop Dogg was born Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, CA in October 1971. His rise to fame began in 1993 with the release of his debut album Doggystyle. Fueled by the rapper’s street credentials and criminal infamy, the anticipation for the album was unprecedented – selling 1.5 million albums in advance of the release. It was the first debut rap album to hit the charts at number one. His sixth and most recent studio album is entitled Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss. In addition, he has contributed songs to a number of movie soundtracks including BAD BOYS II, CHARLIES ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE, DR. DOLITTLE 2, and SAVE THE LAST DANCE.

Snoop Dogg expanded his resume to include acting in 1998 with a small role in the comedy Half Baked. He has gone on to appear in numerous feature films including John Singleton’s BABY BOY, the critically acclaimed TRAINING DAY opposite Denzel Washington and THE WASH with Dr. Dre. Snoop could also be heard as the voice of ‘Ronnie Rizzat’ in MALIBU’S MOST WANTED starring Jamie Kennedy. His first feature role in a major motion picture was as the title character in the urban horror film Bones, co-starring Pam Grier, in which he received very positive reviews.

 

Snoop Dogg: Rap Industry Is Split

SNOOP DOGG HITS OUT AT RAP INDUSTRY SNOBBERY

Hip-hop star SNOOP DOGG has attacked the divide between America's East and West Coast, slamming New York rap fans for snubbing up-and-coming Los Angeles acts.

The DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT star also claims that some East Coast artists copy rappers on the West Coast and take the credit for their style.
The 33-year-old says, "We don't get no airplay on East Coast radio, but East Coast artists get all kinds of airplay on the West Coast.

"They're always stealing our style, stealing our slang, stealing our looks and getting paid off for it."

The rapper adds, "It's like on the West Coast, if you ain't with DR DRE or Snoop Dogg, we ain't letting you in. That ain't fair. There are other guys out here doing it that should be given the opportunity as well.

Snoop Dogg And The Game Go On Tour

SNOOP TAKES THE GAME ON TOUR

California rappers SNOOP DOGG and THE GAME are set to challenge plans by NELLY and EMINEM to launch the year's best hip-hop tour.

Just two weeks after Nelly announced he'd be touring North America with FAT JOE and T.I., and as Eminem plans a possible tour with protege 50 CENT, Snoop Dogg and newcomer THE GAME have announced plans to hit the road together. The duo will perform a string of shows next month (APR05).
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg has also announced he'll be among the headliners at this year's ROSKILDE FESTIVAL in Denmark.


Danes Get the Dogg - Snoop Dogg, That Is

Organizers of the annual Roskilde Festival said Wednesday the rapper was set to play the annual music show this year.

The artist, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, last visited Denmark in 1998. His latest release, 2004's "R&G Rhythm and Gangster: The Masterpiece," spawned the hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot."
Other artists scheduled to play during the June 30-July 3 festival include Black Sabbath, The Go! Team and Junior Senior.

Last year, 75,000 tickets were sold for the outdoor event where more than 150 artists, including the Pixies, Morrissey, Sahara Hotnights and Avril Lavigne, performed on Roskilde's six stages.

First held in 1971, the festival was inspired by the 1969 Woodstock Festival in upstate New York.

The event, which in recent years has been shown on MTV, attracts visitors from throughout Europe and the United States.

High School Snooper Bowl

Snoop Dogg didn't let that little sex assault allegation spoil his annual Snooper Bowl at Raines High School yesterday. The Snoop All Stars beat Team Jacksonville 39-20 in front of about 8,000 fans.

"My message to kids is stay in school," he told the Boston Herald. "Definitely got to be an athletic scholar. If you slip up, you don't play. Even took my son out of game because his grades not right."

Snoop Dogg Sued For Millions

Rap Artist Snoop Dog is being sued for US$25 million by a woman who claims she was raped by him and his entourage two years ago. Make-up artist Kylie Bell says she was assaulted in 2003 after a taping of the Jimmy Kimmel TV show.

Bell alleges she was served a glass of champagne during a party in Snoop Dogg's dressing room after the taping of the ABC talk show. She believes the champagne was spiked, because she was unable to move or control her body after consuming the drink.

A spokesperson for the rapper said the allegations are "untrue." Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) has not been charged by authorities. Before Bell's allegations, Snoop Dogg had filed a lawsuit claiming to be the target of an extortion scheme by the woman.

Snoop Dogg Up For Sale

Hip-hop star SNOOP DOGG is auctioning himself off. The DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT rapper is offering a chance to meet him in person, via a series of charity auctions where fans can bid on packages that include two premium tickets and two passes to meet him backstage on his tour.
The auctions are online at STUBHUB.COM, and proceeds benefit Snoop's YOUTH FOOTBALL LEAGUE, reports MTV.COM.

Snoop Dogg Dependancy On Marijuana Question

Rapper SNOOP DOGG refuses to go on stage unless he is provided with strong marijuana, according to reports of his backstage rider.

The DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT star allegedly ensures venues he performs at supply him with the finest cannabis on offer - unless he is dubious about the area's quality control.
Before performing in Park City, Utah, on Monday (24JAN05), "There were large amounts of pot flown in for Snoop and his friends because they didn't trust the quality of bud in Utah" - according to gossip site PAGESIX.COM.

Other items listed on Snoop's contract rider include a SONY PLAYSTATION, MOET champagne, a case of CORONA beer, doughnuts and cashew nuts.

 

Snoop Dogg: ''Tupac saved my love life''

When Tupac Shakur signed to Death Row Records in 1995, there was no doubt in any hip-hop fan's mind that he and Snoop Dogg would be a dream team. They were the two top guns on the West Coast at the time, they were on the hottest label and were backed by rap's premier producer, Dr. Dre.

For the most part it was all love between the two MCs. They were friends before Pac came to Death Row and grew even closer once they were labelmates. Their collaboration, "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," became an instant classic when it was released in 1996, and in working with Pac, Snoop took away an unexpected pearl wisdom.

One of the most valuable lessons Snoop learned from Pac was to work constantly in the studio and bang out at least three songs a day. And while Snoop has been consistent with putting out material, the advice that helped him most in life was about a much more personal matter. Yes, Tupac was a hip-hop legend, an acclaimed thespian and an inspiring activist, but, as the D-O-double-G told "Tupac: Resurrection" director Lauren Lazin, he was also one heck of a relationship counselor.

Snoop Dogg: What people don't know is that Tupac really kept me and my wife together. There came a point in time where I just felt like I didn't need to be in a relationship. It was becoming a headache to me, and all these girls wanted to be with me. I was like, "F--- that, I can have any bitch that I want." We was flying back from Belize with a gang of the homies from Death Row. [The homies] was like, "Yeah man, f--- that bitch! My baby momma ain't sh--." They was tellin' me about how their relationships were. Then Pac just was like, "Man, f--- that! That's your son's mother. You love her. She's the only one that's gonna love you." The sh-- he was sayin', it was real.

It was sounding crazy comin' from him because he didn't have no relationship like that. For him to tell me that, the sh-- really stuck in my heart. When I got home [me and my son's mother] pieced it back together. We worked it out and eventually got married. I gave him a lot of credit for that because I didn't have no direction. I didn't have nobody to talk to and I was young and I didn't really know. His advice stood out more than the negative advice did.

We was peers. So it's like two great athletes on the same court. You got Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan on the court. They both give each other something. So it was like that kinda relationship with me and Pac. But like I said, he helped me with my wife, which meant more than any of the music or movie sh-- he could've helped me with.

I still got a family. Kids, wife, and it's a home. I know that if he wouldn't have said that [advice], if he'd have [traveled] along with everybody else on [another] plane, it probably wouldn't be what it is.

 

Snoop's Hot Streak Continues With Films, Tour

Snoop Dogg's New Year's resolution is easy: to make sure there's "more to come." He has a tour he wants to launch in the middle of the year, two smash singles and no less than five movie projects in varying stages of production.

"The story behind the title of 'Let's Get Blown,' he said of his latest single, '' is us having a good
time: It's 2005, and we wanted to make music to make you feel good."

Then there's the first single from his R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece LP, "Drop It Like It's Hot," which doesn't look to be going away anytime soon.

"The record is big, it's growing and growing," Snoop said. "I think the growth and development of Snoop Dogg as an artist and as a person got me there: Being able to go through what I went through and stand tall through it all. At the same time that I'm growing, people are appreciating that I'm doing the music thing from the heart."

The Dogg has just completed work on one of the several films he's appearing in. He spent a month shooting the role of Willie Spearmint in a film called "The Tenants," in which Dylan McDermott also appears.

"He's a writer, a journalist," the lanky MC said of Spearmint. "He just got released from the jailhouse. He's writing about the [militant] movement. It's a great suspense drama with Dylan McDermott as my co-star."

In other Snoop cinema news, the MC has lent his voice to a bloodhound named Lightning in the family comedy "Racing Stripes," due in theaters January 14. The film also features the voices of Frankie Muniz, Dustin Hoffman, Mandy Moore and David Spade. Snoop's also doing voice work for another kids' film, "Arthur and the Minimoys," which will feature the voices of David Bowie and Madonna.

Other upcoming films include "Boss N Up" (where he plays a reformed pimp trying to get into the music business), which co-stars Lil Jon and Trina, and "Coach Snoop," which is based on Snoop's experiences coaching a Pop Warner football team.

Finally, the Dogg's tour plans are just getting under way: He's looking to hit the road in May or June.

Snoop Dogg Reunites With Wife

SNOOP RECONCILES WITH WIFE.

Rapper SNOOP DOGG reconciled with his wife SHANTE for a family Christmas (04) in New York.

The GIN & JUICE star cancelled a week of partying to prove to his wife he's a changed man after admitting he had made a mistake in cheating on her and filing for divorce last summer (MAY04).

Instead he took his childhood sweetheart and their kids to New York. He says, "They never seen snow, they never seen what it looked like in New York round this time of the year.

 

Snoop Dogg isn't 'a bad guy gone good'

For the Doggfather, global domination ain't nuttin' but a g-thang .

At 32,000 feet, tucked away in the back of a private Gulfstream jet, on his way from Los Angeles to Las Vegas to shoot a Cribs segment for MTV, with Little Johnny Taylor singing about "trouble ahead" on the CD player, Snoop Dogg and a couple of his pals are nearly lost to sight in all the pot smoke. There's nothing too unusual about this, of course, Snoop Dogg being a well-known and highly dedicated pot smoker. And yet, not all that long ago, he'd said he was giving up the stuff. He'd said, "I get high on life now.'' He'd said, "I had to do it. . . . I was getting careless and reckless.'' He'd said lots of things about his new, clean lifestyle. But he really does love his pot, need his pot, crave his pot, and his pot-free existence lasted for all of about four months.
"I felt beautiful, but at times my mind just needs to tone it down a little,'' he says now, a little sheepishly. "Anyway, before, I used to smoke maybe a quarter-pound a day. Now it's more or less like two ounces a day. It's drastically dropped off. It's more controlled. It's more, you know, casual.''

And so there he is, in the back of the jet -- all you can hear mid-cabin are shouts of "motherfucker'' this, "nigga" that, with the occasional "goddamn!'' -- a guy for whom two ounces of dope a day (more or less) is a casual amount. It is true, however, that he probably does need some way to tone his mind down, because he is one hyper-energetic hip-hop entrepreneur. He's got a new album, R & G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, with its first single, "Drop It Like It's Hot," a collaboration with Pharrell, in the Number One position on the pop charts. He's got deals in the works or completed with shoe companies, cell-phone companies, barbecue-grill companies, clothing companies, satellite-radio companies, action-figure toy companies and movie studios, and has hired the Firm, a Los Angeles powerhouse-type career-management company, to help him sort it all out.

Plus, he's got his wife, Shante, on his mind. Last May, citing irreconcilable differences, he filed for a divorce. Now, he's not so sure he did the right thing. In fact, he's pretty sure he messed up big time and is currently taking steps to correct the situation. Plus, for the past year, he's been coaching a local Pop Warner football team -- the Rowland Heights Raiders, with his son Corde, age ten, playing quarterback -- and they're now in the regional playoffs and on their way to a Super Bowl victory. He's totally into it. "For Snoop, this is hut-hut-hike season,'' says his friend and cohort, Bigg Slice, 32, who spends much of his time customizing cars for Snoop and is responsible for Snoop's tricked-out version of the Cadillac DeVille, the Snoop DeVille. "If it's not hut-hut-hike, forget about it.''

All that being the case, after he does his Cribs thing in Vegas and re-boards the Gulfstream for the ride back home, it's little wonder that the first thing he does is lay himself down. No more dope for him today. Instead, he curls his legs up, shuts his eyes and is soon fast sleep, hands folded in the prayer position under his cheek, looking very much like a perfect little all-tuckered-out hip-hop angel.

At the age of thirty-three, after more than ten years at the top of the rap-pack heap, what the former Calvin Broadus seems to want more than anything right now is to make it in the movies, to become "the black Tom Cruise,'' as he likes to put it. So far, he's been in about fifteen flicks, most recently Starsky and Hutch and Soul Plane, and has just finished shooting an indie called The Tenants, co-starring Dylan McDermott, in which Snoop plays a militant black writer. It's a dramatic role and, for the first time since his small but effective part as a wheelchair-bound crack dealer in Training Day, calls for him to be someone other than himself -- slitty-eyed, laid-back and honey-voiced -- or some variation of himself. This, Snoop thinks, is a good thing. "It's a stretch, and so far-fetched from what I normally play,'' he says, "that it'll probably get me critically acclaimed as an actor.''

Being the foremost proponent of gangsta rap, and of the pimp lifestyle, and of gin and juice, and of dead cops (at least in song), etc., has not, however, always made him an easy sell to Hollywood's skittish executives, though he thinks they now view him mainly as "a bad guy gone good.''

"They don't know what to expect," he says, "until they see that I'm just a regular ol' guy like they are. I mean, I don't walk around gangsta all day, slapping people up and being a vicious criminal. No. That's only when it's called for. Same with the pimp image. That's a dream of mine I had as a kid, to be a pimp, living like a pimp. I've lived that dream out and had fun doing it. But I don't think I should play with it no more."

Apparently, a lot of the old Snoop image is being shoved aside. That whole highly lucrative side business of his in soft-core porn -- as the host for Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style and his own Snoop Dogg: Doggystyle series -- is no more. "I made that stuff more fun to watch," he says. "But my wife don't like it. She knows I'm not participating. But you're still being close to it. That's why I'm not going to fuck with it anymore.''

He sighs and then talks a little more about Shante, who has been his wife for nearly seven years: "I know I said I wanted a divorce, but that ain't what I really wanted. That's the devil working. My thing was, I was so demanding and not willing to listen. That's why it was all bad, because of the simple fact that I'm Snoop Dogg and in a powerful position and sometimes that shit gets to my head. I just got to come back to being, you know, Calvin, and realizing what matters most to me, my wife and my kids. That's what I'm trying to do right now. Put that back together again.''

He shakes his head and a while later says, "Success is crazy, man.''

These days, he holes up mostly in his recording studio, nicknamed the Tabernacle, which is basically a California-ranch-style home, plopped down in a leafy California suburb that's remarkable only because of the flavor Snoop brings to it. Cars line the sidewalk outside his pad, with hefty-size security guys directing traffic and keeping a close eye on visitors. Inside, various Snoop Dogg personnel and hangers-on shuffle around, while in a backroom Snoop blabs endlessly on his cell phone. He often sleeps here. When he does, he sometimes gets up around 7:30 a.m., washes his face, cleans his ears, brushes his teeth, wolfs down some bacon and eggs, along with some hot cakes and waffles, and rips himself a CD to set the tenor of the day with. It's mostly old-school stuff from Curtis Mayfield, the Isley Brothers and Al Green, because, he says, "Old-school music just puts me where I need to be.''

Where he is right now is in a tiny room filled with recording gear, blunt in hand, smoke curling away, remembering how it used to be as a gang member, in Long Beach, California, in the years before he teamed up with Dr. Dre on Dre's album The Chronic; released his first CD, 1993's Doggystyle; and found all that crazy success. In those early days, among other things, he sold crack on the street, got busted on drug charges and did a stretch in jail; but they were, nonetheless, the good old days, and it was great to be a Crip.

"Especially the camaraderie we had as far as power goes,'' he says. "You know, the bitches, the money, the cars, the jewelry, the respect; people knowing my motherfucking name; knowing who I was, what I stood for -- without a record, without TV, without none of that shit. That's a hell of a thing the gang gives you. My thing was, I was cool. I was more about getting my money. I was a finesser, so motherfuckers loved being around me and loved me being around them. I was just a young nigga who was on the edge, who was down to do it. And I was down to do it. The big homeys tell me what to do, I go and do it.''

But after the multiplatinum-selling Doggystyle was released, he suddenly became the big homey himself -- in fact, the biggest in the world of gangsta rap -- with each of his six subsequent albums also going platinum. Throughout, he's had his troubles, first with the law, when he and a bodyguard went to trial on murder charges in 1996 (both were acquitted), and then with his recording companies, when he defected from Suge Knight's Death Row to Master P's No Limit label in 1998. Even so, he's always managed to land on his feet and in fact thrive, to the point where now he's something of a cultural icon and trendsetter: When he started adding "izzle" to the end of words, the nation suddenly did the same; when he convinced Chrysler to give him a 300C, suddenly Chrysler couldn't keep up with demand for the 300C. And yet he often thinks he's still getting the short end of the stick. Take his Doggy Fizzle Televizzle show, which ran on MTV in 2003 but is no more.

"It was doing beautiful, man, getting great reviews and great ratings," he says. "But I felt like my fee should go up, because I was playing all the characters and coming up with most of the creative ideas. I mean, no way that my hairdresser supposed to be getting more money than me. All I asked for was, like, a million, but they wouldn't even give me a million. So I walked away.''

He shrugs and looks at the blunt. He doesn't take a hit; rather, he lets the smoke billow up in front of his nose.

"People don't like to pay Snoop Dogg what he's worth,'' he goes on, sullenly. "They're so used to giving him anything, because Snoop Dogg used to accept anything, because he was so happy just to be in the game. The reviews say, 'Snoop Dogg! Snoop Dogg!' But they want to pay me like puppy dog, puppy dog." Indeed, for playing Huggy Bear in Starsky and Hutch, he received only around $500,000. "But now, it's going to be more about, 'You have to pay me what I'm worth.' If I'm in a movie, and 70 million people leave the movie saying, 'Wow, Snoop Dogg was great,' don't you think I should get at least a million dollars?''

Finally, he takes a hit and eases off into the stratosphere.

It often seems that the only time Snoop isn't high, or getting high, is when he's coaching football. "Around those kids,'' he says, "I'm as straight as motherfucking six o'clock.''

One evening, he ambles onto the field at practice, coach's whistle dangling from his neck. The Rowland Raiders are entering the playoffs with a record of eight wins, no losses. But Snoop doesn't want the kids to rest on their laurels, so he keeps up a constant stream of instruction and praise. After Number 33 runs for nine yards, he hollers to him, "Run like that every time!" A few plays later, three kids are down on the field, on their backs, looking like maybe they're in pain. "That's what I call a hand-grenade play!" Snoop shouts happily. "There's bodies everywhere!''

Later on, back at the Tabernacle, Bigg Slice is messing around with some videos he's taken of the competing teams, which is part of Coach Snoop's game-winning strategy, scouting the opposition just like the big boys do. "See, he's coaching for the future, not just today," Slice says. "We going after the team a weekend ahead.''

Snoop comes into the room and says, "We got Woodcrest coming up. We seen them last night, and I'm glad, because they got a few things.''

"But not enough,'' says Slice.

"Not enough,'' says Snoop. "They got about three shots.''

"Better aim for a pressure point,'' says Slice.

Snoop thinks about this. "Better aim for the head," he says, chuckling. "Fuck the chest, legs, arms. Go straight for the head. And if you miss, you still got two shots. And if you miss the next shot, you walk all the way up on the nigga and shoot him. No shooting from far away. And the way my niggas was out practicing today" -- he shakes his head, smiling, remembering the play that brought the three kids down -- "they was trying to kill each other. Y'all seen it. Bodies everywhere. Yeah, Woodcrest in trouble. They in trouble!''

In a way, snoop is all about strategizing, aiming for the head, looking toward the future and working out ways to leverage the Snoop Dogg franchise. After seeing how much money former boxer George Foreman made from the George Foreman grill, Snoop decided maybe he should do the same thing and is now in discussions for a product to be called the Snoop DeGrill. "Why not?" he asks, reasonably enough. "Everybody wants to be down with Snoop Dogg.

I like to barbecue, and I know a lot of other people like to barbecue, so why not give them a grill that's customized in the Snoop Dogg fashion, where they can say, 'Hey, I know Snoop Dogg's probably barbecuing right now, watching football just like me!' ''

As it happens, his finesser's mind is pretty much never at rest, never at peace. "I chose this lifestyle when I was young, and I'm always trying to perfect it and master being Snoop Dogg," he says. "It's just something that's got to be done. I mean, it's fun, but it's also no easy task. There's just a lot expected out of Snoop Dogg. Like, a Number One single is expected. It's not like, 'Wow, Snoop, you got the Number One single!' It's like, 'OK, you got another one.' He can't settle for less. He can't be the underdog, he's got to be the overseer. He can't do anything second best."

As he says these things, he lights another blunt, takes a big puff, exhales though his mouth, inhales through his nose, recirculating the smoke. He appears to be a little moody today, happy and not happy at the same time. He's never been one of those rappers totally into bluster and braggadocio; he's always tempered the big talk with a good bit of vulnerability. But still, today, he seems more contemplative than usual. Try to get him off that track with some superfluities, and he comes right back to it.

He will say, for instance, that chicken wings are his favorite food. "And Popeyes is the shit. I don't know what they do, but they got that hella seasoning, and that shit be extra crunchy.'' He says that he sleeps on brown pillows because "that's just the color my bed set is." He says that more than anything, he likes to be center of attention -- "the life of the party and all eyes on me. When I'm not, it puts me on edge, like my fingertips get sweaty.'' He says that he's a good person "97.5 percent of the time.'' He says that he lost his virginity in 1982, when he was eleven.

Then he says that his best-ever orgasm was probably his first one, only to retract that statement a second later.

"Probably my best one was the first time I made love to my wife," he says. "It was in this little cheap-ass hotel in North Long Beach. She made me wait a whole year. That's why I love her so much.''

And then he says that the worst thing he's ever done to another person is what he did to his wife.

"I cheated on her," he says softly. "That's the worst thing you could possibly do. Lose somebody's trust who really loves you.''

After that, he's silent for a moment, pot smoke drifting through the air.

"I'm thirty-three years old now,'' he says, finally. "I see a lot of things differently now than I used to. I try to do more right than wrong and to keep God in everything I do and to keep the devils away from me. But I know by trying to stay so right, the devil is going to keep on working on me. That's going to be a curse around me all the time. But I don't think it's going to get to me.

I really don't think that it is.'

Snoop Dogg stars in the new movie ‘Boss N’ Up’

Now here’s a cast to put 'Soul Plane' to shame. Lil Jon and Snoop Dogg (both 'Soul Plane' vets) will join Miami rapper Trina for a new film called 'Boss N’ Up,' reports “Production Weekly.”

Snoop will play Corde, a certified player who sees better opportunities in the street hustle. He’s mentored by Orange Juice, a street vet who happily takes Corde under his wing.

Lil Jon plays Sheriff, a club owner who becomes one of Corde’s business partners. Trina, the self-proclaimed "baddest b*tch," plays Dominique, Corde’s lawyer who helps spring him from prison. Production on this gem is slated for this month.

 

Rapper Snoop Dogg builds a pop-culture empire of diverse projects, G-rated to X-rated

The group of young boys shifted uneasily, eyes fixed on the gangly figure towering over them. They were an exclusive audience about to hear Snoop Dogg do his latest rap. But they didn't feel so lucky — they knew it was going to be a bad rap on them.

"You better go gangsta — they can't beat us, so they're tryin' to cheat us!" snarled Snoop Dogg, tearing into the Rowland Heights Raiders, a team of 8- to 10-year-olds — including one of his two sons — in the Orange County Junior All-American Football League. The Raiders were taking on the Norwalk-Santa Fe Springs Saints, and though the unbeaten Raiders were ahead by a touchdown at halftime, the Saints were breaking their spirit with rough-and-tumble play and crunching tackles.

The eyes of a few Raiders were wet with frustration and pain. The eyes of Snoop were narrow with rage.

"You better get your minds right, or you're gonna get beat," the Raiders coach growled. "I don't care about nothin' else, 'cause if you lose, I'm out! You're better than this team! You better get your focus back now, knowwhatImsayin'? Quit cryin' and do your job, get focused!" He gestured dismissively toward a cooler on the sidelines: "Now go get some oranges or something!"

Snoop ignored the nearby crowd of parents and fans in the stands of the Rowland Heights High School football stadium snapping pictures and shouting out to him. This was not show time.

For now, nothing else mattered: Not his chart-topping "Drop It Like It's Hot" single with sizzling producer Pharrell Williams that has again made him the champagne toast of the rap/pop music world. Not his just-dropped album "R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece," already a best seller. Not his star turns this year in films such as "Starsky & Hutch" and "Soul Plane" that endeared him to a cross-section of moviegoers. Not his growing status as a pitchman for corporate America.

At this moment, he was merely Coach Snoop, desperate for another notch in the win column. He says the quest for a championship trophy with his boys is more fulfilling than acting or music, his two "girlfriends." And the tirade worked — the Raiders trounced the Saints in the second half. Overjoyed, Snoop jumped and clowned around with the team in a victory celebration, then ran to a truck in the parking lot to award each player with a brand-new WRFF bike.

The scene united the conflicting sides of Snoop that have made him practically ubiquitous in today's pop culture — the streetwise former thug from Long Beach, Calif., who can "throw down" when pushed against the wall; the showman who shines in the spotlight; and the playful, generous artist who can turn into a 6-foot, 3-1/2-inch kid at a moment's notice. As the rapper juggles his various prospects, youth sports has provided him much needed balance amid the showbiz whirlwind enveloping him.

More than 10 years after his lazy, distinctive drawls made him one of the top original gangsta rappers on the West Coast scene, and more than eight years after being acquitted of first- and second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a Los Angeles gang member, Snoop Dogg (who was born Calvin Broadus) wants to turn Hollywood into — to quote one of his hits — "a Doggy Dogg world."

Playing off his dual images as a no-nonsense gangsta with Pied Piper appeal who can poke fun at himself, the 33-year-old is tackling a dizzying array of diverse projects designed to position him as a hip-hopper who can maneuver easily between the arenas of mainstream popular culture and hard-core rap. New ventures range from small independent films to clothing lines to video games to animated series.

Seemingly already unavoidable with his commercials, film appearances, TV guest shots and music videos, Snoop, along with the prestigious management company the Firm, is determined to further boost the profile of Snoop Inc.

"There's a definite strategy to what we're doing as far as shaping Snoop's future," said Constance Schwartz, the rapper's manager. "We don't want him everywhere, but we want him in all the right places. He's proven that he can do cameos in movies, and now he wants to prove he's a serious actor."

While rappers such as Will Smith, Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, Eve and Missy Elliott have crossed over, most have opted to soften the harsh edge that first established them in the hip-hop world. Not so Snoop Dogg — he's been able to make the leap without undermining his outlaw image.

References to drug use and violence peppered throughout "Drop It Like It's Hot" are overshadowed by a sing-song chorus and an infectious percussive beat that could feel at home on any schoolyard playground. He was able to jump back and forth between his "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle" MTV comedy series and less savory projects such as his video "Doggystyle Vol. 1."

He appeared in numerous straight-to-video and low-budget films such as "Bones" and "The Wash" but also held his own against Oscar winner Denzel Washington in a small role in "Training Day." He can kick it with the hosts on "The View" with ease, even though it's hard to imagine Meredith Viera and Barbara Walters bobbing their heads to the flow of profanity exploding through such "R&G" tracks as "Can U Control Yo Hoe" and "Pass It Pass It," a track that has nothing to do with sports.

The full range of Snoopworld was in evidence recently when Snoop performed "Drop It Like It's Hot" with Williams at the American Music Awards (much of the song was unintelligible because of the heavily edited lyrics) and appeared in a star-studded commercial for T-Mobile.

The following day at the Vibe Awards he presented a lifetime achievement award to his friend and mentor Dr. Dre. Snoop was in midtribute when Dre was attacked and a melee broke out in the audience. Though Snoop was not involved in the riot, he issued a warning onstage when the fracas calmed down: "If y'all want problems with me and my crew, we want problems, too. So leave Dre alone and come see us."

Remarked comedian Jimmy Kimmel on his ABC late-night show: "Snoop took the smoldering embers of hatred — and poured on some soothing gasoline."

Analyzing Snoop's wide appeal, Jimmy Smith, executive creative director of BBDO Worldwide, a prominent advertising firm who has worked with the rapper in the past, concluded: "Most gangstas don't come across as fun-loving guys who you would want to hang out with. But with Snoop, it's different. He has that Long Beach life, but he can also be appealing to people. He's got a funny bone, he's got kids. He's shown that he's smart and not just a rapper, and people gravitate toward celebrities who bring diversity to their game."

But even as the plan moves forward at breakneck speed, the rapper remains a Dogg in progress, his increasing determination to explore new horizons clashing with his real-life drama and contradictions.

He filed for divorce in April from Shante, his wife of seven years, but the couple recently reconciled. Despite his insistence that he gets "emotionally high" from his coaching gig, his highly publicized pledge to give up marijuana has gone up in smoke, and he's not shy about smoking a joint or holding a plastic bag filled with reefer. Last week in Los Angeles, Snoop sued a woman and her attorneys for extortion, alleging they demanded $5 million to keep silent about an alleged assault against her.

Whether they're G-rated or X-rated, Snoop says, all his projects have a sincerity behind them that accounts for his wide appeal.

"Kids gravitate to me because I'm real — they know I'm not fake," he says. "I've made my mistakes and I've fixed them. There's a side of me that likes to do things for kids and adults."

In the course of one week last month, Snoop filmed a new commercial for Nokia; flew to New York and contributed a verse to a hip-hop album; performed along with Williams in a surprise appearance at a Jay-Z concert; flew back to Los Angeles and then to Las Vegas to film a car-related edition of "MTV Cribs"; flew back to Los Angeles to participate in a conference call with his managers and made the decision to move the release date of "R&G" up a week; coached a playoff football game; shot a big-budget music video with Williams for the upcoming single, "Let's Get Blown"; and wrapped up filming of his first leading dramatic role in "The Tenants," an independent feature in which he plays a tortured novelist.

Jumping from one project to another with barely a break isn't daunting, Snoop claims. "It's easy to switch up," he says, displaying one of his rare smiles. "It's like going into a phone booth and turning into Superman."

The future includes a tour, more TV projects and several other ventures he declines to discuss. He sees leaving show business behind one day to concentrate full time on coaching.

"All I know how to be is Snoop Dogg, and sometimes he is a little negative, and sometimes he is a little positive," he says. "But for the most part, he's going to do more right than wrong."

 

Rapper Snoop Dogg Admits To Cheating On His Wife

SNOOP: 'I CHEATED'

Rapper SNOOP DOGG has revealed his marriage fell apart when he cheated on his wife SHANTE.

Interviewed by ROLLING STONE magazine, the DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT star admits he's trying to reconcile with his estranged wife after initially filing for divorce in May (04).

Snoop confirms the break-up was his fault.
He says, "I cheated on her. That's the worst thing you could possibly do - lose somebody's trust who really loves you."

The rapper reveals he has spent the months estranged from his wife recalling the first time they made love when they were teenage sweethearts.

He adds, "Probably my best one (orgasm) was the first time I made love to my wife. It was in this little cheap-ass hotel in North Long Beach. She made me wait a whole year. That's why I love her so much."

Snoop Dogg 'wants to become the black Tom Cruise'

Snoop Dogg has revealed he wants to become the black Tom Cruise.

The rapper is fast becoming a rising star in Hollywood after starring in 'Starsky and Hutch', but admits he wants to become a mega-star.

Snoop said: "I'm trying to become the black Tom Cruise. I want to be able to get the kind of roles and money Tom Cruise gets.

I know it seems far-fetched but I'm a dreamer and I believe it can come true."
However, the star admits he very nearly gave up his ambitions to become an actor because no-one would cast him.

Snoop revealed: "I was going to auditions and never getting the role. So I decided I wasn't going to audition any more."

Instead the braided star - who is about to appear in spoof comedy 'Soul Plain' - admits he simply began telling the media he was starring in films to pressurise the director into giving him the part.

He said in an interview with Britain's Loaded magazine: "I went out and demanded 'Starsky and Hutch'. I was like. "I'm Huggy Bear. Period. I don't care."

Same with 'Soul Plane'. From now on, if I get a script, I just go straight to the media and say, "Yeah I'm playing this part."

Snoop Dogg needs groupies

Attention all groupies: 213 wants you! Don’t be so quick to jump out of those lacy La Perlas, however. The recently reunited trio of Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Warren G desire prospective female recruits for more than just the obvious groupie “duties.” At a Los Angeles photo session, the Long Beach, California supergroup let it be known that there’s more to dealing with groupies than one-nigh stands and after-party workouts.

Snoop’s Wildest Groupie Experience:

During his Paid tha Cost to Be the Bo$$ tour, Snoop found himself in a scene straight out of Mission Impossible. But instead of Tom Cruise coming down from the ceiling, it was an adventurous young lady who deserved a medal for crazy. “A chick dropped down out of the bathroom ceiling when I went in there to piss,” Snoop laughs. “She wanted to suck my dick. I said, ‘You think I’m going to just drop my drawers just because you were crazy enough to drop out of the ceiling? [I called for] security.’

Nate’s Groupie Diagnosis:

“It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime romp for them,” Nate says of his past groupie experiences. “That’s what goes through their mind—‘When I leave out of here, I’m going to get the guy I want.’ It’s like celebrities be thinking, ‘Shit, I got her for her little coochie’ but groupies are like, ‘I got him for his dick.’”

Snoop Dogg Knocked Off US No1 By Mario

Smooth R&B star MARIO ruined SNOOP DOGG's Christmas present by knocking him off the top of the BILLBOARD singles chart in America.

Mario was declared America's Christmas number one late last week (ends24DEC04) when his single LET ME LOVE YOU hit the top.

It ended rapper Snoop's three-week reign at number one with his latest PHARRELL WILLIAMS collaboration, DROP IT LIKE IT'S HOT.

Snoop Doggs Pay Demands


Snoop: 'Pay Me What I'm Worth'

Rapper SNOOP DOGG won't return to making movies unless his fee goes up to $1 million (£526,315) per project.

The STARSKY & HUTCH star insists he's been underpaid for too long and won't tolerate measly salaries anymore.

He explains, "People don't like to pay Snoop Dogg what he's worth. They're so used to giving him anything, because Snoop Dogg used to accept anything, because he was happy just to be in the game.
"Now, it's going to be more about, 'You have to pay me what I'm worth.' If I'm in a movie, and 70 million people leave the movie saying, 'Wow, Snoop Dogg was great,' don't you think I should get at least a million dollars?"

Snoop Dogg Ditches Porn To Reconcile With Wife

Hip-hop star SNOOP DOGG has dumped his pimping ways in a bid to win his wife SHANTE back.

The rapper filed for divorce from his childhood sweetheart in May (04), citing irreconcilable differences, but now claims he made a big mistake.

And he's ditching all his sex projects, including the top-selling SNOOP DOGG: DOGGYSTYLE series of porn tapes - because his wife always disapproved of his pimping ways.
He says, "My wife don't like it. She knows I'm not participating. But you're still being close to it. That's why I'm not gonna f**k with it anymore."

The decision is the beginning of Snoop's attempt to save his marriage.

He adds, "I know I said I wanted a divorce, but that ain't what I really wanted. That's the devil working. My thing was, I was so demanding and not willing to listen. "That's why it was all bad, because of the simple fact that I'm Snoop Dogg and in a powerful position and sometimes that shit gets to my head. "I just got to come back to being, you know, CALVIN (BROADUS), and realising what matters most to me - my wife and my kids. That's what I'm trying to do right now. Put that back together again."

 

Snoop Dogg says ''Izzle'' has ''Frizzled''

Where has Snoop Dogg made a bigger impact: on rap music or on the way people talk? Hard to say, but Snoop has a message for anyone still trying to talk like him: Let it go. These days he's more focused on making an impact in the movie business, and his latest film, "Soul Plane," opens Friday. MTV News' Ryan J. Downey caught up with the Doggfather to bury the "izzle" as well as rumors that "Soul Plane" is an "Airplane!" rip-off and talk of Spike Lee hating on it.

MTV: So the word is that you've been telling people the "izzle" is over.

Snoop Dogg: The message is LIG: Let it go. OK, America? Let it go. You can't say "izzle" no more. Tizzle, fizzle, dizzle — none of that. It's over with. LIG. Let it go.

MTV: What happened?
Snoop: I overdosed on it. I'm seeing it everywhere, you know what I'm saying? It's like, it becomes bad after it becomes too much, you know what I'm saying? I overdosed off of it. So let's find something new. Maybe pig Latin, anything. Come on.

MTV: Gotcha. So your new movie, "Soul Plane" — it was originally hyped as a remake of "Airplane!," but it really isn't, is it?

Snoop: When they first came up with the idea, they probably wanted it to be a remake of "Airplane!," but once [director] Jessy [Terrero] got a hold of it, I think they revamped it and made it more about today and the generation today and what we going through. And I think it was for the benefit of the betterment of this project. I think it made the project better and it has more substance now. It's not looked at as a spoof or a remake, but an original movie.

MTV: Did you have much creative input in this film?

Snoop: Yeah, definitely. But that's because the director, Jessy, you know, he comes from the music [video] world. Anytime you got a music director, you know, directing a movie with a rap artist, they're going to have ups and downs, and they gonna work it out. So we have an understanding to where [it's like], "Nah, I think he should be like this, Jessy. Let me make him like that." "Oh, go ahead, Dogg." So it is like I have that open window, because he knows I'm going to give this character all of what he needs, and being a music director, he knows that I need my room to say what I need to say. That's why I think it came off so well.

MTV: Were there things you brought to the character of Captain Mack that weren't in the script?

Snoop: His whole look, his attitude, his demeanor — just the way he handles everything, you know? Captain Mack was just a cool guy. But once you put Snoop Dogg in him, he becomes the coolest captain that's fly with the spinners spinning on his neck ... ready to fly the friendly skies.

MTV: Where do you think we'll pick up with Captain Mack if there's a "Soul Plane 2"?

Snoop: He definitely gonna have to get some security to watch over his chain when he decides to take a catnap. But, you know, I've got to have a sex scene too. I did not like the fact that the fine little girl was up in the cockpit ... and I was nowhere to be found. That's what I'm saying.

MTV: Still, even though you didn't get a sex scene, it sounds like you had a lot of freedom to do what you wanted to do.

Snoop: Yeah, that's what Jessy gave us. Jessy, I gotta give him a shout-out. I'm happy to see my boy go from music videos to the big screen and do it so well and so classy, 'cause a lot of people hated on this project. A lot of people didn't want me to be a part of it. They talked bad about it ... and you know what? I believed in Jessy, and I think everybody else did, too, and it came together well. Hopefully America will enjoy this movie and, you know, get what we put into it. A good time — that is what it's all about, having a good time. Riding on the "Soul Plane" so we can come back and do it again.

MTV: Your co-star Tom Arnold said Spike Lee hasn't seen the movie yet but that he's pissed off about it. Have you heard about this?

Snoop: I just seen Spike at the "Troy" premiere. We sat two seats from each other, and he didn't say nothing to me about the movie. He shook my hand. See, that's the media, always wanting us to be fighting with each other. Spike ain't mad at this movie. He loves this movie. Everybody loves this movie. Why be mad? It's only a comedy movie. It's not real. It's a comedy movie. Be mad at "The Passion of the Christ" or something — something that made $700 million off of killing Jesus the whole movie. We having fun. We smiling. Enjoy.

Snoop Dogg Sues Unnamed Woman For Extortion

Rapper claims woman threatened to sell details of alleged assault to the press if the rapper did not give her $5 million. In a suit filed Friday in Los Angeles, Snoop Dogg claimed that an unnamed woman threatened to sell details of an alleged assault upon her to The National Enquirer if the rapper did not give her $5 million, according to reports.

The extortion suit, filed against the woman and her attorneys, claims that Snoop ( born Calvin Broadus) was not involved in the alleged incident, which took place at a 2003 performance. The suit did not offer details of the assault, but seeks to stop future threats and to recover punitive damages.

The suit claims that the woman and her attorneys threatened to sell their story of the assault to the National Enquirer and a book publisher if Snoop didn't pay up. Details of the assault were not provided in the suit and the woman was identified only as Jane Doe to protect her privacy.

Snoop sued for punitive damages and to protect himself from future threats.

The singer and sometime actor released his most recent album, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece on Nov. 16. The album's first single, "Drop It Like It's Hot," a duo with Pharrell Williams, became Snoop's first career number one single on the pop charts and earned a pair of Grammy nominations for Best Rap Performance by a Duo and Best Rap Song.

Earlier this month, Snoop hosted Spike TV's Second Annual Video Game Awards, where he traded barbs with a computerized version of himself from the rap-themed fighting game Def Jam: Fight for NY.

Snoop recently appeared in 2004's Soul Plane and Starsky & Hutch. He's set to star in an upcoming project tentatively titled Coach Snoop about his adventures coaching his son's football team.

The rapper will also provide the voice of Lightning in the upcoming animated film Racing Stripes, featuring the voices of Frankie Muniz and Mandy Moore, and will appear in 2005's The Tenants with Dylan McDermott.

On top of his big screen gigs, Snoop is set to kick off a tour of North America and Europe on Jan. 2 in New Jersey.

Snoop Dogg drops the hottest single of the year

Star Trak recruit Snoop Dogg has dropped one of the most beloved singles of the year with the Neptunes-produced "Drop It Like It's Hot," and his R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece looks like it's going to be his highest-selling LP since his 1993 debut, Doggystyle.
MTV: "Drop It Like It's Hot" is absolutely the hottest record in the club right now, the #2 record on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart ...

Chad Hugo: Snooooooooop!

MTV: You guys are so different, but the chemistry with the Neptunes and you, Snoop, has turned out to be something special.

Snoop Dogg: We love what we do. Anytime you got two people who love the same thing, it don't matter where they come from, what they look like, what they grew up doing. It's about what they do now. We love the same feeling: making people happy off of what we do. We all connect with the same energy. We're all from the same cloth. We all fell from the same tree — bop! bop! bop! — like leaves, and we all just came together.

MTV: A few months before you came over to the camp, Snoop, you were telling us that P. Diddy might be executive-producing your new album. What happened to that?
Snoop: Early in the game, [Diddy] had come at me as a friend and said that he wanted to do my next record. And I was like, "I'm with it." But then our schedules conflicted, and the timing was not appropriate for us. So you know, me and Pharrell had to come together to make something happen. Puff is still my nephew. I love him to death — Vote or Die, ride or die. I'm saying I'm down with him.

MTV: Another guy that got down with you on the album, Snoop, is Justin Timberlake. You actually got him singing and cursing on "Signs." Who set up that collaboration? Was it you, Pharrell?

Pharrell Williams: You could look at it like that if you wanted to, but who doesn't want to do a record with Snoop? He's a cool dude, he understands his direction, he understands where he wants to go. There's not nothing technical to this dude. It is easy and seamless, the way it is supposed to be when you make a record. We're here to have fun, man. We got to celebrate just being happy again. It ain't about the weed, it ain't about how much crack you sell or any of that. We make those kinds of records — I ain't going to stand here and lie to you, we got records like that coming out — but that is not what this album is about. This album is about celebrating how you can still be hard and have gangsterness to your swagger, but at the end of the day it was just about good R&B music.

MTV: So let's talk about that. The album is called R&G (Rhythm and Gangsta): The Masterpiece. Explain how you came up with that.

Snoop: The album is a combination of rhythm and blues, but it's got a little bit of gangster on top of it. I said, "Let me put them both together." Rhythm and Gangsta — R&G instead of R&B, and it is a masterpiece because you got all these great minds with my mind. We all came together with the same goal. When Pharrell heard a track with somebody [else] who produced something for me that was hot, he said, "That's a keeper. That's got to stay on the album."

MTV: We're going to put you on the spot, Snoop. What is it like working with the Neptunes as opposed to working with Dr. Dre?

Snoop: When I work with these guys right here, to be real with you, I feel comfortable like I am working with Dr. Dre. That is a high compliment because don't nobody really know how to produce Snoop Dogg — to give me that sound — but Dre and these guys. When I get down with them, we at the Grammys, we at the Vibe Awards, we everywhere!

MTV: Star Trak now even has representation in the great state of Texas.

Slim Thug: In Texas, the independent game is real big. I been holding it down since '98, doing mixtapes and doing independent records and making good money. I was seeing too much money to settle for what the labels were offering me in 2000. So I stayed grinding.

''Welcome To Church With Big Snoop Dogg''

Snoop Dodd has just joined XM Satellite Radio and is scheduled to host a new exclusive original series.

Entitled "Welcome To Chuch With Big Snoop Dogg," the monthly show is set to premier this Friday, December 3rd on XM's Hip-Hop Channel, The Rhyme (Channel 65). Snoop's 90-minute uncensored, unadulterated program will be broadcasted live from his home studio.

"Having the opportunity to offer our audience truly original listening experiences with the biggest names in music is the ultimate goal of our original programming initiative," XM Satellite Radio Chief Programming Officer Lee Abrams said in a statement. "'Welcome To Da Chuch With Big Snoop Dogg' is exactly the kind of broadcast event we strive for, and it's a thrill to be working hand in hand with an artist of this stature."

Snoops Dogg starring in the new film ''The Wash''

I can't dance for sh-t," Dr. Dre says, wiping sweat from his forehead. It's 5:37 p.m. on a Monday night in May, and he's on the Paramount studios lot in Hollywood. He just completed filming a take of a scene in The Wash in which he and Snoop Dogg are partying with their dates. In the comedy directed by DJ Pooh, the hip-hop icons star as roommates who start beefing when they begin working at the same car wash and Dre's character becomes Snoop's boss.

New to the film world, Dre's not as comfortable in front of the camera as Snoop, who has more than a half-dozen films to his credit. While Snoop and the girls joke during a break between shoots, Dre rehearses his lines. "OK, I'm supposed to go to the fridge? There's supposed to be some ice?" he asks, opening the refrigerator door and knocking a bottle of Hennessey onto the floor.

But when a production assistant puts a box of chicken on the kitchen table, Snoop starts cracking on his girl, portrayed by Dr. Dre's R&B protégé Truth Hurts. "All I know is that I'm getting some ass tonight. I done bought you Popeyes, chips, and weed!" Snoop says while doing a comedic rendition of the Harlem Shake that has everyone howling. Although Dre complains that his character in The Wash is a scrub who gets "no ass," is threatened at gunpoint, and has to ride the bus, he's still having fun.

"We trying to make this movie as funny as possible, so we pull out all the tricks, and the stops," Snoop says later, now sitting in the bedroom of his trailer. His protégés Bad Azz, the Eastsidaz' Tray Deee, and D.P.G members Daz and Kurupt are among the 10 people crammed into the smoke-filled living room that's rocking from Tray Deee and Bad Azz's heated argument. "That's real sh-t going on in there," Snoop tells the set publicist. "You might hear a gunshot in a minute."

But all is calm in Dre's space. He's talking with his acting coach and cooling out to Marvin Gaye's What's Going On deluxe two-CD set. "I felt like with me, Snoop, and Pooh knowing each other for as long as we've known each other, we'd be able to have fun in this movie," Dre says about taking on his first comedic acting role.

And though Dre complains that his character is a scrub who gets "no ass," is threatened at gunpoint several times, and has to ride the bus, he's still having fun. It's just the dancing he hates. Now 7:14 p.m., during one final take of the house party scene, the lines are done, but Funkadelic's "Knee Deep" is still blaring, cameras are still rolling, and Snoop and the girls are still partying. However, an exasperated Dre is finished. "Goddamn Pooh!" he hollers, sparking an eruption of laughter. "Cut! My bad. I didn't want to stop you," a mischievous Pooh says. Dre gives his forehead another wipedown, takes a sip of his drink, and walks off the set, rambling, "I got my Tae Bo on and sh-t!" True, and he's also got a definite outtake for The Wash's DVD.

Q&A on Snoop Dogg's music and TV plans

Q: Why do rappers make better actors that rock stars?

A: I don’t know. Probably because we take more craft, more art, more time on our craft. Once a rapper gets respect as an actor, it’s his job to step all the way up and want to be the best, because in the rap world, it’s so competitive. So anything that we do we strive to be the best, so that’s why it’s cool for us to take those knocks and bruises and bumps. “Well, why are these rappers getting all of these roles?” It’s because the rappers deserve these roles, because when they pull them off and the movies make money, Hollywood’s happy, and the rapper becomes an actor now.

Q:Did you ever meet original Huggy Bear?

A: I worked with him before on one of my videos in the past, “Doggy Dogg World,” 1993 off my “Doggystyle” record. But I didn’t get to talk to him or work with him on this movie. I don’t know why, but it just didn’t happen. For the most part, I feel like I did him justice by playing Huggy and bringing a little bit more flavor and just doing what Huggy did for me as a kid, hopefully he’ll do for kids today. I think if the Huggy in the seventies had more room like I had more room, I think he would have done it like I did it. I think that back then, television wasn’t ready for what I’m bringing on the big screen, and that Huggy Bear gave me the vision to want to be this Huggy Bear, to bring him off with a space-age twist.
Q: What was the best part?

A: To be a cool dude in the movie, because I’m usually the bad guy or I get killed in the movie, but this is a movie where I think the audience is going to be loving it, and rooting for Huggy and wanting to see more of him.

Q: Do you think perceptions of you will change as a result of you doing this movie?

A: I don’t know. I haven’t seen the movie yet, so I don’t know. Maybe after I see it I can voice the opinion.

Q: How has your relationship with Todd Phillips changed since Old School?

A: Oh, we’re real cool. That’s my main man, you know. I’m just honored to be a part of this picture he decided to do, and I know that we’re going to work together again in the future. Hopefully this is the beginning of a long haul. On Old School, I was not an actor. I was Snoop Dogg, so I came to the set with a whole different vibe, and a different crew of people. And on Starsky & Hutch, I was more of an actor. I wasn’t Snoop Dogg, the rapper.

Q: What would be your ideal movie role?

A: I don’t know. I just want to play in good movies with good directors, and I want to step up and get bigger and better. I don’t want this to be as far as I can go. I want to go further than this.

Q: What’s next music-wise?

A: I’ve got to make one more record that solidifies my career.

Q:Any future plans with the TV show?

A: Right now we have not made plans to film any more episodes. I liked the six that I did, I thought I did real good, I just want to end it on that note. I don’t want to try to reduplicate it, because there’s so many reality shows out right now that I want to be different. When I was doing it, it was like it was just me, and me. Now it’s everybody.

Q: What are you doing next?

A: I’m in the process of working on this 213 record. That’s me, Warren G and Nate Dogg, that should be out late April or early May, and I’m also developing a couple of scripts, and looking at a couple of scripts that have been offered to me too.

Q: Do you have ambitions to write or direct?

A: Definitely want to do everything that’s possible. I want to write, direct, produce, but in steps. I want to take steps. I don’t want to just jump in because I sold a lot of records and just feel like I can jump into the movie world. I want to learn the movie world like I learned the music world.

Q: Who do you play in Soul Plane?

A: Captain Mack, the pilot of NWA, the first black airline.

Q: What do you do in the movie?

A: I fly the plane.

Snoop Dogg's new film ''The Tenants''

Snoop Dogg has just wrapped production on the film 'The Tenants,' an adaptation of the 1971 Bernard Malamud novel that follows two men living in an abandoned apartment building in New York City.

Dylan McDermott co-stars as Harry Lesser, a writer struggling to finish a novel he’s been working on for 10 years. Then here comes Willie Spearmint (Snoop), a raise-your-fist militant and aspiring writer who moves into another part of the building to work on his own book. The two must confront issues of racism, anti-Semitism and artistic rivalry.

Snoop Dogg's new album ''Rhythm & Gangsta: The Masterpiece''

Lately, it seems, the less you put on a record, the more listeners love it.
Some of the biggest hits of the year - including Snoop Dogg's "Drop It Like It's Hot," Terror Squad's "Lean Back," Ciara's "Goodies" and the Twista/Lil' Jon cut "Let's Go" - aren't exactly songs. They're sports chants backed by rhythm tracks. And none has anything remotely resembling a melody.

This anti-tune trend reaches a dizzying high this week with the release of new albums from Snoop and Lil' Jon. Snoop's "Rhythm & Gangsta: The Masterpiece" CD features his nonsong smash "Drop It." Lil' Jon's "Crunk Juice" boasts an even more minimalist sound - if that's possible. Both CDs should rake it in big time.

"Juice" highlights Jon's basic take on the Southern "crunk" hip-hop sound - namely, a bare techno rhythm tossed under a viciously crude slogan growled by the front man. Nearly every song repeats these country clichés, though some break them up with a heavy metal riff or an R&B chorus to lure in other demographics. In the last few years, Jon has made a mint off this leering approach, in the process forging the most sleazy brand of hip hop since fellow Southerner Luther Campbell foisted 2 Live Crew on the world. The new album makes reference to more ho's than in a garden shop, and more bitches than in a kennel. It's so low you almost have to love it - that is, if "Juice" didn't squeeze an already too-familiar formula dry. Compared to that, Snoop's CD sounds like "Sgt. Pepper."

Even his nonmelody, "Drop It," has a cool enough beat to make tunes seem irrelevant. The Neptunes gave the cut an aquatic rhythm you could float away on. The CD also features lots of hot R&B flourishes - from stars like Bootsy Collins and Charlie Wilson - used to contrast Snoop's ice-cool flow. Snoop had been coasting on his rep for years now. He dipped further than ever earlier this year when he released a throwaway CD with his not-so-super group 213. While his new "Masterpiece" isn't any such thing, at least it's a solid piece of hip hop in a year filled with too much crunk.


Snoop Dogg and new game ''Def Jam Fight''

Combine hip-hop, street fighting and a good story and you will get Def Jam Fight for New York. It's a kind of street fighting game, which features celebrities from the hip-hop world. MTV Celebrity Deathmatch also included big personalities, but that game was more of a spoof. Here, you get a game that has a good storyline along with good fighting moves. Originally it was going to be named Def Jam Vendetta II, but AKI Corp.; the game developers, changed the game so much from the previous version that it was a wise to give it a new name.

Def Jam most probably got inspired by the fight between two leading artist groups in the hip-hop world and you must have seen it in hip-hop videos. They continue to make fun of each other by making spoofs of each other's videos. The game, however, feels original and extremely fun to play. It has been released simultaneously for the Sony PlayStation 2, Microsoft Xbox and the Nintendo Gamecube. The only differences between the consoles are the graphics and support for the custom soundtrack present only in the Xbox. So Xbox fans have a reason to cheer as they not only to have the best graphics, but also the custom soundtrack feature. Also, the game is marketed by EA Games, which makes it highly noticeable.
The game features a hell lot of hip-hop celebrities. But I was able to make out only Snoop Dog. The Story
When I started the game, I expected it to be another fighting game with no or hardly any storyline integrated with the gameplay. But this game surprised me; AKI Corp. has given us a fighting game with a good storyline. The story continues from where the original Def Jam left off. D-mob, who was an underground gang leader, has been arrested and put behind bars. You are recruited, as a member of the D-mob gang and your initially mission is to get D-mob out of jail. As the story continues, you also have to fight with members of the opposing gang led by Crow, who is played by Snoop Dog. The game ends by fighting with Crow himself. Though the story is not engrossing, it is one of the best for a fighting game.
The Story
When I started the game, I expected it to be another fighting game with no or hardly any storyline integrated with the gameplay. But this game surprised me; AKI Corp. has given us a fighting game with a good storyline. The story continues from where the original Def Jam left off. D-mob, who was an underground gang leader, has been arrested and put behind bars. You are recruited, as a member of the D-mob gang and your initially mission is to get D-mob out of jail. As the story continues, you also have to fight with members of the opposing gang led by Crow, who is played by Snoop Dog. The game ends by fighting with Crow himself. Though the story is not engrossing, it is one of the best for a fighting game.
The Graphics
The graphics have improved a lot over the previous game and looks so good that it becomes hard to believe that even a console like the PlayStation 2, which is well over four years, can still pack a punch. However, it's the Xbox that features the best graphics mainly due to its superior hardware. The game features more than 20 different locations where the fights take place. The spectators this time are not just 2D sprites, which keep on doing the same action again and again, but are fully 3D and interact differently whenever a fighter gets close to them. Also, the camera angle changes very nicely to showcase the different moves. The cut scenes in the single player mode are ingame and not CGI and have been done superbly.
The Sound
The game features soundtracks of the stars who are present in the game. Most of the soundtracks feature beats rather than lyrics. Such music is extremely suited to the game's fighting environments. The fight sounds including the bone crunching and the jaw breaking during a game are remarkable. Earlier fight game music used to sound like a Midi composed, but this one simply breaks the rules.

Final Verdict
Hip-hop and wrestling game lovers should try out this one, as it will not disappoint them. Other genre lovers will appreciate the game for being something new and original. The only downside to this game is the short gameplay time. But the battle mode is always there to break the bones of the characters your friends play and it serves them right for stealing your girlfriend. Just kidding.

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