August 6, 1998 |
Absence from the spotlight usually spells doom for contemporary musicians, especially in the extremely fickle hip-hop realm. One artist hoping to buck this trend is Snoop Dogg, whose first album in two years was released this week by Master P's No Limit Records. Another is Nate Dogg, who with Snoop and Warren G created the blend of singing and rapping now known as G-funk.
November 2, 1996 |
While Death Row Records deals with fallout from its star Tupac Shakur's death and the continuing legal woes of its owner, Marion "Suge" Knight, other business goes on as usual for the label whose run of multi-platinum hits is unmatched in the world of '90s hip-hop. The company's latest dividend is Nate Dogg, whose debut single, "Never Leave Me Alone," entered the Southern California sales chart this week at No. 2 and the national charts at No. 40, according to SoundScan.
July 31, 2012 |
The Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg has several iconic traits -- a laid-back and menacing flow, evocatively violent lyrics and a deep affection for cannabis sativa among them. He'll get to keep at least one of those interests in his new incarnation as Snoop Lion, an alias gleaned from a new interest in Rastafarianism and a hard pivot to traditional reggae music. The identity change, which he first announced last week, is suprising but not unprecedented in contemporary hip-hop (Nas recorded a collaborative album of reggae-infused tunes with Damian Marley)
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September 1, 2001
Re "Rapper Gets Probation on Gun Charge," Aug. 22: Why wouldn't a felon singer on gangster rappers' CDs carry an "unmarked" firearm? If caught, all that he would receive is probation and have to pay a few bucks. Given that the audience of this genre is largely young and impressionable, such a light sentence bodes ill for society. This sentence probably isn't much of a deterrent to Nate Dogg, either. Richard Washington Los Angeles
January 21, 2001 |
** 1/2 Various artists, "Damizza Presents Where I Wanna Be," London/Sire. Anchored by the smooth-as-silk radio and video hit "Where I Wanna Be," which features Nate Dogg, Kurupt and newcomer Shade Sheist, this 12-song collection hits hardest when famous rappers grace the microphone.
June 28, 2012 |
Marijuana allegedly put the drug-sniffing dogs on Snoop Dogg's tail at the Oslo, Norway, airport Thursday, but what was in his wallet ultimately cost him more than that wayward weed. Snoop, real name Calvin Broadus, was allegedly carrying about eight grams of pot as he entered the country, according to Norwegian media reports, via the Associated Press. The bigger problem, or at least the more expensive one, came from the amount of allegedly undeclared cash Snoop was hauling with him as he embarked on a seven-stop jaunt through Europe before hitting Canada and the U.S. for shows. The rapartisten (that's Norwegian for "rap artist" -- are you impressed?