‘Doggystyle’, Snoop Dogg’s debut album, was released on Saturday (November 23) in 1993. Over the last 20 years Snoop has shown that you definitely can teach an old Dogg new tricks. After claiming to be a Bob Marley reincarnation and rechristening himself as Snoop Lion in 2012 he’s recently become Snoopzilla for a funk album on Stone’s Throw. To celebrate the legendary rapper, here’s 10 reinventions that we’d love to see for the one and only D-O-Double-G. Well, Z-I-Double-L-A now.
Deputy Dogg: Stand for Office
Reincarnated cut ‘No Guns Allowed’ brought a strong political message from Snoop, stating “no more gunplay” or “more innocent blood shed”. Although an admirable stance, he was penalised for firearm possession in both 1997 and 2007. But the Lion’s changed his spots, and certainly has enough charisma and charm to woo over the electorate. Plus, he counts Arnold Schwarzenegger as an enemy, as shown on diss track ‘Real Talk’ – making it the perfect opportunity to express his views and give the finger to the currently unelected Terminator.
Scoop Dogg: Ice-Cream Seller
It worked for Howler bassist Max Petrek, who now invents ice-cream flavours for Baskin Robbins, so why not for Snoop? ‘When I’m no longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlour and call myself Scoop Dogg’, he’s already said. We’re envisioning an ice-cream shop with Gucci Mane’s ice-cream tattoo as the flagship logo and a slight branching-out in the form of Gin and Juice smoothies. Ganja sorbet, anyone?
Soup Dogg: Professional Vegetable Grower
In preparation for his October 2011 show at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, Snoop gave free tickets to record-breaking vegetable grower Ian Neale due to his interest in learning how to maximise the yield of his ‘vegetation’. Maybe he could capitalise on what he’s learnt and brew some hearty soups? Check out Sky News reporting on Snoop’s vegetable growing request below – right down to the sheer middle-class confusion, epilepsy-inducing shirt and #AwkwardMoment when Ian Neale reveals that he smoked something other than tobacco – it’s perfect.
Don’t Cyber-Snoop: Software Developer
The rap world’s had some disastrous marketing appearances in its time – none more tragic than this Honda Jazz advert, featuring ‘Take Me to the Movies’ star Bangs. Inches behind, however, is Snoop’s 2010 ‘Hack is Wack’ campaign with Norton Antivirus in which the public could submit rap videos highlighting the dangers of cybercrime for a chance to meet the man himself.
Snoopthrilla: Full-Time Actor
Parts in Arthur And The Invisibles, Racing Stripes and Turbo may not exactly sound like titles dropped in Oscar acceptance speeches, but a sizeable, acclaimed part in 2004’s Starsky And Hutch remake deserves some serious kudos. He’s also acted in Bollywood comedy Singh Is King, and expressed interest in playing a role in Coronation Street. Above all though, his part in Scary Movie 5 (watch below) is one that definitely deserves to be critically lauded.
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Hoop Dogg: Basketball Player
With the Crenshaw High School football team under his wing and a 6’4 figure below and above it, Snoop’s perfect for the NBA – plus business-wise, it would give him a chance to flog some more of his Adidas Hard Court Defenders. It’s rumoured that he can get pretty high as well so dropping hoops wouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Snooping Over Your Dead Body: Metal Band Frontman
Invest in a Viking beard, pair of fingerless gloves and an ever so slightly flaccid Mohican, and the Eastside rapper would be more metal than a head-banging steel fence. OK, so it might not be that convincing – but Snoop’s laidback slur and trippy beats over some filthy metal-shreds would shake up the genre – and the inevitable Download performance that would follow would be unmissable.
Dupe Dogg: Howard Moon Lookalike