Even though he has been in the hip-hop game for nearly 20 years, Snoop Dogg still manages to tear down barriers and break records years-deep into his career. Now, he has set yet another precedent in hip-hop history, becoming the first rapper to provide downloadable content for "Rock Band," the video game that allows you to jump onstage with your favorite performer.
"I do it all, man," Snoop told MTV News' Sway at last month's Rock the Bells Tour kickoff. "I got some downloadable content with classic songs from Doggystyle, songs like 'Drop It Like It's Hot.' You'll be able to play along to the Snoop Dogg groove in a dramatic fashion, so you can feel like you're a member of the Snoopadelics."
In addition to "Drop It Like It's Hot," the eight-song pack contains the smash singles "Beautiful," "Sensual Seduction" and "Who Am I (What's My Name)?," as well as deeper cuts like "Ridin' in My Chevy," "Snoop's Upside Ya Head," "Tha Shiznit" and "That's Tha Homie." The package will be available for $13.49 (or 1,080 Microsoft Points, if that's your game) and will also be available for individual purchase.
Snoop, who describes himself as "an OG gamer," is a big fan of the "Rock Band" approach and is happy to be part of a new tradition. "It brings it back to life again for those who may not have heard it, or those who may not even have been around when it was out," Snoop said of the classic tunes getting new life via "Rock Band." "It keeps that classic material rolling. I like when they do it with Metallica and Guns N' Roses and the Beatles, when they bring [those songs] back to life. They're educating the youth on that great music that was here years ago."
As for being the first rapper to penetrate the "Rock Band" market, it's old hat for a living legend like Snoop. "I'm the first hip-hop rock star," he declared. "The others, they do what they do, but they don't do what I do."
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