Snoop Dogg

Mellowing with age but still one cool cat

Snoop Lion still has a fair bit of the Dogg in him. But then Snoop Doggy Dogg, as he was first known, was never afraid of embracing his contradictions. Photo: AP

Snoop appears, as if by magic, in a puff of his own smoke. The rapper, actor, gangster and stoner extraordinaire has reinvented himself as a reggae-singing messenger of hope. Snoop Dogg is dead, long live Snoop Lion.

Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 5:03pm

Rewind Album: 'Doggystyle' by Snoop Dogg

Rewind Album: 'Doggystyle' by Snoop Dogg

Picture this: a young writer, musician, film director - whatever - comes virtually out of nowhere to produce a work of staggering, unrivalled genius. It blows people's minds and almost everything else is rendered inconsequential.

For the creator of said art, their life changes overnight. They lose their sense of self and go from a modest and clear-headed artist to a conceited and confused celebrity, unable to see what comes next or how to replicate their early success. Paradoxically, they may be lucky enough to succumb to an early death through drugs or suicide, remaining forever idolised - but most don't. Most grow older and their art gets worse.

25 Nov 2012 - 6:03pm

Awon Golding, fashion designer

What I'm listening to: can't say it's new but I've recently revisited the dulcet tones of Snoop Dogg. My days are currently filled with Tanqueray-soaked debauchery set to the tones of G-Funk's finest beats.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Rap stars rock dragon-i party with police in tow

Central night spot dragon-i was hopping with a full house of music fans eagerly waiting to see hip hop legend Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg grace the stage.

Before the rap icons - who popularised the 'west coast gangsta rap' scene in America during the early 90s - could even hit the stage, police arrived on scene to, presumably, provide crowd control.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Six degrees

Arnold Schwarzenegger, freed from his duties as governor of California, has been threatening to return to the big screen. The Austrian Oak (above), who was a self-made millionaire before Hollywood embraced him, didn't let his fortune go to his head: 'Money doesn't make you happy.

8 May 2011 - 12:00am

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

The Blue Carpet Treatment

(Geffen Records)

17 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

R&G - Rhythm & Gangsta:

The Masterpiece

(Universal)

Snoop must be getting soft in his old age: 'Leave her, don't hit her,' he advises on the suggestively titled I'm Threw Witchu. Then again, maybe not: 'I've reached the status / of a modern day John the Baptist', on I Love To Give You Light.

12 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

In Tha Beginning

In Tha Beginning . . . There Was Rap - Various (Priority Records) For newer rap fans who think Puffy is rap and EPMD is mental disorder, this is a good introduction to rap's roots. In Tha Beginning is a compilation of hip-hop classics remade by today's most commercially successful rap artists.

23 Jan 1998 - 12:00am