[artist id="932"]LL Cool J[/artist] went from Hollis to Hollywood, and [artist id="1133"]Snoop Dogg[/artist] plans to take it from Long Beach to Las Vegas. The hip-hop legend starts a tour of casinos on April 30 in San Diego along with co-headliner Mike Epps. The Dogg says the two performers' worlds will combine well onstage.
"Mike Epps is exceptional," Snoop said. "He's the equivalent to Snoop Dogg in comedy. People love him. They respect his comedy, his views, his vision. He's not too political, he's not too raunchy. He's not too offensive. When you say Mike Epps, people laugh. They smile. They associate him with funny. When you say Snoop Dogg, people get excited and start singing songs and thinking about certain moments in time when certain records took them to the next day. I had to find somebody who I could match and who could match me as far as putting my show with his show and making our show — a show of all shows that people could talk about for years."
Snoop noted that he and Epps share a lot of the same loves and influences in comedy and music.
"We both love the same things: Flip Wilson, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson — we was trying to figure out: How could those worlds come together and make people enjoy themselves? So we sat down, spent a couple of days together and shot out a couple of ideas. We said, 'Me and you onstage together is great, but if we're onstage together and doing a real show, where we're interacting with a big screen, where it's movie scenes we shot beforehand, where it intercuts onstage live — music, comedy — it'll just be a great show.' The way we putting it together, we'll be in Vegas one day getting paper. Watch out, Beyoncé."
Snoop says the show will have a Rat Pack feel with tuxedos, hair and wardrobe changes and, of course, the two sharing the stage at the same time.
On Tuesday, Snoop will release his latest LP, More Malice, with remixes, new records and previously released songs from Malice N Wonderland.
"I like to be very creative. I like to give people all of Snoop Dogg when I give them an album. I felt like on the [Malice N Wonderland] record, I didn't give all of Snoop Dogg like I really could have. I had to make the record be about 12 songs and conceptually stick to the script as opposed to what I normally do with 20 to 21 songs on the album and overdose people. So what I did [on More Malice] was, I pulled back from the music and put a little more thought in the creative side as far as the visual aspects. Am I gonna just make one video and say, 'This is the single' and hope that people attract to it? Or was I gonna make a mini-movie to make people understand the philosophy behind this Malice N Wonderland project, and that's what I was on."
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