Next year, Snoop Dogg will celebrate his 30th year as a recording artist. He believes his historic career deserves a TV series, and he sees himself like a famous fictional character portrayed by Tom Hanks.
“You got to look at Snoop Dogg as — and don’t laugh when I say this — the Black Forrest Gump,” the 50-year-old entertainer tells Rolling Stone. “Every iconic moment that ever happened in the past 30 years he was directly in it or around it.”
Snoop’s next iconic moment may be on February 13, 2022, when he stars with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Mary J. Blige in the Super Bowl halftime show. He made his recording debut on Dre’s 1992 title tune of the Deep Cover soundtrack. They became a dynamic duo, as Snoop was featured on the classic “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” from Dre’s landmark 1992 album, The Chronic. Dre also produced Snoop’s first two solo singles, both of which hit number one — “What’s My Name?” in 1993, and “Gin and Juice” in 1994.
The Doggfather says among the keys to his success was being influenced by Dre’s work with one of the founders of Death Row Records, The D.O.C.
“I was thinking about how dope he sounded on N.W.A.‘s last album,” he says. “And the D.O.C. was the secret behind the sauce. And then the D.O.C. became my mentor.”
Snoop recently became a creative consultant for Def Jam Records, and his first project for the label, Snoop Dogg Presents: The Algorithm, will drop November 12.
“It’s time for Snoop Dogg to pop back on the scene,” he says. “And not only by himself, but bring an army of people with him — new artists, established artists, and some legends.”
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