He may have been born Calvin Broadus, but everybody knows his real name: Snoop Doggy Dogg. Go ahead, sing it. The rap legend continues his rise through the acting ranks by taking on a new identity that fits him like a sharkskin glove: The West Coast Godfather of the Game.
Talk about being born to play a role: According to Deadline, Snoop Dogg has signed on to play the lead in the upcoming biopic "The Legend of Fillmore Slim," which will detail the life of the blues singer also known by his nicknames "The West Coast Godfather of the Game" and "The Pope of Pimping."
Looks like Snoop isn't too concerned with being typecast.
So just who is Fillmore Slim? Well, back in the day he was a popular blues musician who opened for the likes of B.B. King. But his musical career got sidelined in the 1960's when he decided to become a pimp. And not just any pimp, but one of the most legendary pimps of all time -- yes, apparently someone keeps track of things like this -- as he reportedly managed over 8,000 hookers before being sent to the big house for (wait for it) trying to buy a fake passport in order to vacation in Europe. The Man has his tricks too, you know.
Since getting out of jail, though, Slim (which, let's face it, isn't his real name either -- it's actually Clarence Sims) has dropped the pimping lifestyle and returned to his rots as a blues musician. All of which adds up to the role of a lifetime for Snoop, at least as far as producer Alan Ames is concerned. Slim's lifetime, that is.
"This film will span decades," said Ames, "from Slim's emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption."
It might be nothin' but a G thang, but this time around, it's the original G. And that's the name of the Game.