West Coast gangsta-rap pioneer, cannabis connoisseur and global household name, Snoop Dogg, is finally getting a biopic of himself!
This will be the first project under Snoop’s newly formed production house, Death Row Pictures, and is set to be directed by Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, Dead Presidents etc.) with Joe Robert Cole as the film’s scriptwriter.
Snoop himself will be producing the film alongside Hughes and Sara Ramaker.
He was quoted saying, “I waited a long time to put this project together because I wanted to choose the right director, the perfect writer, and the greatest movie company I could partner with that could understand the legacy that I’m trying to portray on screen, and the memory I’m trying to leave behind.
“It was the perfect marriage. It was holy matrimony, not holy macaroni.”
While a Snoop Dogg biopic alone might be reason enough for movie buffs and casual rap fans to check it out, as someone in tune with the DO double G’s life story, there’s a lot I want to see in this movie.
So many facets of the Doggfather’s saga could make for an amazing film. Just don’t pull a Straight Outta Compton, also made by Universal, and cut the juiciest bits out of well-known stories which rap fans actually WANT TO SEE.
Here are some key events which definitely shouldn’t be left out…
Transition from the streets to the studio
At 51 years old, Uncle Snoop, as he’s affectionately referred to, has led quite the eventful life. If it wasn’t already obvious from his many songs, Snoop Dogg is a proud member of the Crips.
He faced a lot of adversity coming up on the gritty streets of Long Beach, California but thankfully managed to overcome the harsh realities of gang life.
Eventually, Snoop went on to be a part of legendary West Coast rap trio, the Eastsidaz, with fellow rappers and frequent collaborators Warren G and Tray Dee during his early days of being a rapper.
Then in 1992, he teamed up with Dr. Dre to change the soundscape of hip-hop forever…
Death Row Records
Honestly, just the story of Death Row Records alone would make for a tight Netflix show but I digress.
Aside from being a pioneering member of Death Row, Snoop is famous for being close friends with the late Tupac (2Pac) Shakur while making countless hits with family members Daz Dillinger of Tha Dogg Pound and the late Nate Dogg back in the label’s heyday.
This might not be news to hip-hop heads but did you know that former Death Row Records’ CEO, Suge Knight, was notorious for his… let’s call them ‘unsavoury business tactics’? This added to the whole ‘gangsta mystique’ surrounding the label.
For context, Suge Knight (allegedly) prefers violence to diplomacy in order to seal his deals.
When your boss is a hulking ex-American football player with violent tendencies and gang ties, it’s easier to get things done, at least back in those days.
On that note:
Let it be known then!
Death Row brought that wild West Coast energy to the East at the 1995 Source Awards. This infamous incident ignited tensions between Death Row and Bad Boy Records.
Snoop being an artist, had to ride for his team (though some legends might have disagreed, RIP Eazy). Hey, they don’t call it the wild wild West for nothing right?
That being said, I respect Snoop and the entire Death Row crew for standing ten toes down in an entire room of booing spectators.
Despite all that, Snoop eventually managed to broker peace and even gain love within New York despite what you saw in the video above.
No Limit Top Dogg
Then again, nothing lasts forever. In time Death Row crumbled and Snoop headed down South to sign with No Limit Records under Master P to produce one of his greatest albums to date in my opinion.
According to Snoop himself, it was Master P who showed him the ropes of ownership and entrepreneurship.
Writer’s request: Please do not leave out this section of Snoop Dogg’s life from the movie, thank you.
Besides countless bangers, Snoop also started to appear on more pop features and also dipped his toes into making independent movies, slowly becoming the icon he is today.
Dogg on the big screen
Snoop would continue to maintain his relevance in the following years through TV and film appearances (Baby Boy, Soul Plane).
Remember that one reality TV show about his family? I do, Google it.
Snoop continued on the path of featuring on singles of the time’s hottest artists’ from all genres such as Pharell and Katy Perry to name a few.
Mentor to the youth
Now who can forget of all the rappers he helped mentor such as Wiz Khalifa and Nipsey Hussle (among countless others).
Currently, Snoop also owns and coaches a nationwide youth American football league for inner city youths and even has a cooking show with Martha Stewart.
Ain’t no fun if the movies don’t got none
There’s just so much material Universal could use and as a lifelong fan of Snoop Dogg, music or otherwise, there’s a lot I’d like to see.
Snoop Dogg has definitely lived one crazy rollercoaster ride of a life. And just like rollercoasters, what comes up normally goes down.
Snoop has seen and soldiered through so much loss at different stages of his life (2Pac, Nate Dogg, Nipsey Hussle). Nevertheless, Unc remains as a beacon of positivity for hip-hop and pop culture in general.
After decades of putting in work for the music, film, cannabis, clothing and even scented candle industries (among others), the Doggfather definitely deserves his own movie.
While I’m still high (off excitement), let me bless your ears with one of my favourite Snoop tracks of all time: