After his controversial visit 11 years ago, the rapper is back...

SNOOP DOGG is to return to the UK for the first time in 11 years after confirming a string of European dates next month.

The hip-hop veteran’s last visit was shrouded in controversy after certain factions of the UK called for him to be expelled due to the uproar surrounding gangsta rap. He was promoting his debut ‘Doggystyle’.

Snoop will return for three gigs next month supported by Dr Dre protégé The Game and Flipsyde.

The dates come on the back of Snoop’s new single. ‘Lets Get Blown’, the second to be taken from ‘R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece’, is released on February 14.

The tour dates are:

London Hammersmith Apollo (February 11)

Nottingham Arena (12)

Manchester Apollo (14)

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