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Snoop Dogg - Paying tribute to a musical/cultural icon


Feature: Jack Foley

A MUSICAL and cultural icon, hip-hop Renaissance man, entrepreneur, and Hollywood’s newest leading man, Snoop Dogg is quickly becoming one of the hottest commodities in the world of entertainment.

Snoop’s music fans won’t be disappointed this year with the two new projects he has delivered.

In November, he dropped his highly anticipated solo record, Snoop Dogg R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta The Masterpiece.

The album comfortably delivers Snoop’s same beloved rap style, with a series of surprise guest stars, including Pharell Williams of the Neptunes.

The two were 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 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 was be unveiled in 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.

The 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 5, 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.

Earlier this year, he was also seen playing the powerful, but extremely lovable gangster, Huggy Bear, in the hit comedy Starsy & 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 8, 2004.

His appearance not only gained him audience respect, but was also critically reviewed and earned 'SNL' some of its highest rating numbers 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.

Fuelled 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.

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