So when did he become Rent-A-Rapper?
I was watching TeenNick the other day with Lil' Lilith and I noticed a music video for Big Time Rush, the fakey boy band created by Nickelodeon for the TV show of the same name. (Think modern-day The Monkees - a fictional band that sells real albums and performs in real concerts.) The song was called 'Boyfriend' and low and behold, who was the guest artist in this music video? Snoop Dogg! In a Big Time Rush video!
What is happening to the world!?
Snoop has done a lot of interesting 'guest spots' over the years, but this one really takes the cake. It's not that the song is necessarily horrible (as far as made-for-tween-TV songs go, it's not half bad) and it's not like he's the first famous artist to go 'slumming' on a kids show (recent guests on the show Big Time Rush include Russell Brand, Erik Estrada, Lorenzo Lamas, Ed Begley Jr. and Fabio)... There's still something so odd about this one.
But it got me thinking, has Snoop sold out? Or is he just a fucking genius? Let's look back at some our favorite (and least favorite) Snoop-guestspots and you be the judge...
In 1998 he had small roles in the films Half Baked, Caught Up, and Ride. That year he also appeared in Da Game of Life, a direct-to-video short film produced by Master P and distributed by No Limit Films.
In 1999 he appeared in the comedy film Whiteboyz and recorded the accompanying song "Whiteboyz".
In 2001 Snoop Dogg appeared in the films The Wash, Training Day, Baby Boy, Crime Partners 2000 and Bones and on the TV shows Just Shoot Me and King of the Hill (voice).
In 2002, he hosted, starred in and produced his own MTV sketch comedy Doggy Fizzle Televizzle. (In 2002 he also filmed a cameo in the TV movie It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie but it was edited out of the final cut of the movie.)
In 2003, he appeared in the movies Malibu's Most Wanted, Old School and Pauly Shore Is Dead. He also appeared on Crank Yankers and Playmakers.
In 2004 he appeared on the series The L Word, Las Vegas, Chappelle's Show and The Bernie Mac Show. He also appeared in the remake film Starsky & Hutch and the movies Soul Plane and Volcano High.
In 2008, he appeared as himself on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live, served as a Master of Ceremonies at WrestleMania XXIV and provided a music video for the Bollywood movie Singh Is Kinng.
In 2009, he appeared in the movie Falling Up, had (voice) roles in Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder and Xavier: Renegade Angel, was a guest host on WWE Raw and made a cameo appearance in Brüno.
He has also appeared in and produced a number of pornographic movies over the years, lent his voice to the Tom Tom GPS navigation system, and has been involved in a number of endorsement deals for various brands including St. Ides, Pepsi Max, Boost Mobile, Orbit Gum, Chrysler 300, Chronic Candy, Norton Anti-Virus ("Hack is Wack"), 7Eleven, the Serious Pimp clothing line, the Hip Hop Gaming League and more.
He has also given his name to a brand of skateboards and luggage ("Snoop Dogg Board Company"), shoes ("Doggy Biscuitz"), streetwear ("Snoop Dogg Clothing"), a youth football league ("Snoop Youth Football league" and the "Snooperbowl"), a mobile phone game ("Snoop Dogg Boxing") and a pet accessory line ("Snoop Dogg Pet Accessory Line"). There is even a series of Snoop Dogg figures and foot-long hot dogs called, what else, "Snoop Doggs"!
Who knows what else Snoop has in store for the rest of 2011 and beyond.... so what do you think? Is he the hardest working rapper of all time? Has he gone too far? Where would you like his next guest spot to be?