Today (October 20) is Snoop Dogg's 39th brithday. Who says hip-hop is a young man's game?
The MC, who began as Dr. Dre's scrappy-yet-laid back protege and learned to craft bars under the guidance of veteran (and E. Badu's baby's daddy) D.O.C., came into the world and gave Long Beach, California more attention that the sun-drenched city had ever seen before. Westside!
One of our favorite moments with the Dogg? His VMA performance amid 1993 murder charges, which were later dismissed, where the MC finished his live rendition of his hit "Murder Was The Case" with a jarringly simple plea.
"I'm innocent,I'm innocent," said Snoop sincerely, touting curly ringlets, a blue plaid jacket and matching pants. The rapper was flanked by a full gospel choir, over-sized cross and a black casket.
Maybe it's because that's phrase is all too common in hip-hop (no shots), or maybe it was Snoop's honesty, but that quote stuck with us. And though the first few years after that incident were rocky for the West Coast icon, Snoop took that brush with the law seriously and has never been caught by the long arm of the law for more than small charges since.
Last year, Snoop proved with his two companion LPs Malice N Wonderland and More Malice that there's never enough of the Dogg and we agree. And because it's his day, we're posting two clips of Big Snoop; so from RapFix to you at home, enjoy not only "I Wanna Rock" but also Kid Cudi's "That Tree" featuring Tha Boss Dogg.
Unlike many other rappers, Snoop has been able to balance his street-cred with Katy Perry candy-filled pop anthems like "California Gurls." *salute*
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