Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Snoop Dogg for Hire

Okay, I want to say first off that I'm somewhat of a fan of Snoop Dogg. I think he's both talented and hilarious (and yes, I realize he has a sordid past and criminal record - but I definitely enjoy his music and his celebrity 'personality').

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...

If you search Amazon for the phrase 'Feat. Snoop Dogg' 269 items come up. Here's a sampling:

We're also quite fond of his work with Robyn. This one is one of our faves:

In 1997 Snoop Dogg made a cameo appearance on The Steve Harvey Show with Sean 'Diddy' Combs.

In 1998 he had small roles in the films Half BakedCaught 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 WordLas VegasChappelle'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 2005 he provided his voice for the movie Racing Stripes, narrated the satire The L.A. Riot Spectacular and produced and appeared in the "musical film" Boss'n Up.

In 2006 he appeared as himself in an episode Weeds and in the films Hood of Horror and The Tenants. He also appeared in MTV's animated Where My Dogs At?

His reality show Snoop Dogg's Father Hood premiered on E! channel in 2007. (It aired for two seasons.) In 2007 he also made appearances on EntourageMonk, The BoondocksWild 'n Out and in the film Arthur and the Invisibles (voice).

In 2008, he appeared as himself on the ABC soap opera One Life to Liveserved 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 BrĂ¼no

In 2010 Snoop appeared on episodes of I Get That a Lot and 30 for 30, as well as the films Down for Life and Freaknik: The Musical with T-Pain. He also reprised his earlier role on One Life to Live, created a music video for True Blood ("Oh Sookie") and also did a guestspot on the Big Time Rush holiday episode "Big Time Christmas" and sang two songs with the band: a version of "12 Days of Christmas" and a new song called "Let's Stay in Our PJs".

Big Time Rush later released "Boyfriend" featuring Snoop Dogg in 2011. Also in 2011, Snoop participated in the Comedy Central Roast of Donald Trump.

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?

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