Although temporarily banned in the UK and Australia, Snoop Dogg is welcome in traditionally conservative Calvinistic Switzerland (or is that formerly conservative Calvinistic Switzerland?) at the Geneva Arena February 16, 2011 (and for a very high quality ticket price and venue). Rumor has it that Snoop has cleaned up his act a bit over the years with appearances on mainstream US TV chatting with the View ladies and cooking with Martha Stewart. What to expect from Snoop Dogg songs? Well, we’ll see next week how many of the oldies but goodies will be performed that have shocked more than a few in the past years.
Snoop Dogg in concert in Bucharest. Image courtesy of Wikimedia commons by Julian
Born in a rough neighborhood in Long Beach, California on October 20, 1971 as Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., Snoop Dogg, like many of his neighborhood friends, was in a gang in high school and ended up in jail for a few months. Fortunately, the young man had something special and was discovered in the early 1990s by record producer, “Gangsta” rapper and actor called Dr. Dre who brought attention to the West Coast for a new style of music known as “G-funk”.
Snoop Dogg rose to fame quickly with his original, but provocative lyrics, oftentimes criticized by middle America. Clearly, Snoop Dogg has evolved during his many performances as a rapper, TV show host and occasional movie actor. Referring to his production of “Malice in Wonderland” Snoop says, “When I started to put together this record I had a lot of malice in my heart—just focusing on making hardcore gangsta music.” Later, he adds, “My mood lightened and I wanted to make some music that just felt good…to me and to the ladies.”
Snoop Dogg today. Image courtesy of snoopdogg.com
In fact, his mood lightened quite a lot. But his wealth became heavy and heused a lot of it to support the Snoop Youth Football Leagues which he founded in 2005. The Snoop Bowl was created to help inner-city kids have access to sports, sportsmanship and self-respect. The Snoop Bowl IX just took place last week in Lancaster, Texas, a worthwhile event that lasted all day for the different teams of kids who can take something back to their respective communities.
Snoop says, “I am so happy to have been doing this event for nine years straight and am excited to be coaching this year against Deion Sanders, a football great who I grew up watching. Through our mutual love for football and giving back to the youth, we have come together. The fact that we both have our own youth football leagues is a blessing; but he better watch himself on the field because my team is killing his!”
Be in Geneva next week and hear what else the Snoop Dogg has to share.
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Image upper right hand corner coutesy of Lyric System.