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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Snoop explains that in 2003, he fulfilled one of his childhood fantasies and became a pimp. And not for one of his videos, the rapper was a real life pimp.
“I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten bishes on it. I could fire a bish, f**k a bish, get a new ho: It was my program. City to city, t!tty to t!tty, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer.”
Despite the crass nature of this interview, Snoop refused to name the names of his clients. He did say though that several NBA players utilized his services.
“I’d act like I’d take the money from the bish, but I’d let her have it. It was never about the money; it was about the fascination of being a pimp . . . As a kid I dreamed of being a pimp, I dreamed of having cars and clothes and bishes to match. I said, ‘F**k it – I’m finna do it.’”
“My wife had to take a backseat to this sh!t And I love her to this day because she coulda shook out on a ni**a, but she stayed in my corner. So when I decided to let it go, she was still there.”
What’s so problematic about this interview is that his characterization of the lifestyle doesn’t do anything to highlight the physical abuse and emotional baggage that women, men and families endure because of it. It also doesn’t tell the truth that most women enter the sex industry as children or very, young teenagers. The article failed to mention when, why and how Snoop was able to give up the “business” and get back to his family.
There have been many artists that have crossed over to different music genres for a variety of reasons, but these 15 and their circumstances are among the most interesting. Click on to find out who made the list and why.
From Rap to Reggae
Last month, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dog) released his reggae crossover album titled Reincarnation, which debuted at number 16 on the Billboard charts – miles away from the number 1 spots earned by game changing albums like Doggystyle and Tha Doggfather. But though Reincarnation underperformed – or over performed, depending on who you ask – Snoop has made it very clear that he’s committed to his new sound.
You’ll remember Snoop Lion adopted the moniker after converting to the Rastafari movement and undergoing a mental, spiritual and musical transformation in Jamaica. Alongside the album, he also released a documentary by the same name that captured his journey of renewal.
One thing for sure: he never fails to entertain us.
Last year, when we first heard about the emergence of Snoop Lion, more than a few eyebrows raised. Most people assumed that he’d just found out about a religion that openly accepts smoking marijuana and he wanted to be down. But according to the rapper, it is bigger than that: becoming Rastafarian is about where he is in his life.
In a recent interview with Huffington Post, Snoop discussed his critics, his music and where he is in his life:
On his main critic, Bunny Wailer of the legendary group, The Wailers:
I’ve done nothing but what I said I was going to do: Go to Jamaica, make a great record, intertwine with some people, build on some relationships and come back and bring something back to the community. … As far as what people feel about how I’m representing or misrepresenting, that’s for no man to judge. I’m here to do what I’m doing. This is my journey. And for those who don’t like it, I still got love for them.
If he’s converted to Rastafarianism (Snoop grew up Baptist):
I feel like I’m a part of it. I feel like I’m a part of anything that’s positive, that’s loving. And Rastafari is so connected to who I am that I feel like I’m a part of it. Because it is me. It is what I am. And through the spirit of it you want to learn more about it. … I’m just learning. So it’s all brand new to me.
He speaks on the tone of his new music which has very little cursing:
It’s a goal to have songs that represent who I am today. A lot of the songs I got represent who I was, not who I am. It is my music. I love it. It’s my baby. So I’m not going to ever denounce it. It’s just that it’d be nice to have a song about peace and love and happiness and about what’s going on in the world and about addressing some real issues, when that’s what’s important right now. As opposed to just partying all the time and having a good time. That’s not what I’m on.
If he’s serious, you’ve got to respect a person, especially an artist, who doesn’t worry about what anyone will think about where they are in their lives and does what makes them happy. Snoop also noted that becoming Snoop Lion does not mean he isn’t Snoop Doggy Dogg the Crip or Snoop Dogg (who I assume is the rapper/entertainer); in fact, he says it’s all the same.
We’ve got to wonder: If he’s Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg and Snoop Lion, when does Calvin Broadus step in? At home?
What do you think? Do you “accept” and look forward to the music of Snoop Lion?
Snoop is ready to release his debut reggae CD, Reincarnation, under the name Snoop Lion. It got us to thinking: Can anyone reincarnate their career? Obviously, after 20 years in hip hop Snoop wanted to try something different within the realm of music. But can you or I do a switch up like that. Yes, you can.
Sometimes there comes a point you just need a new work environment, new career avenues. If this is the case, then prepare before you jump ship. “Do your homework. Google your job, see what others are doing,” Dayna Steele, creator of Your Daily Success Tip advises us. “Keep notes of what you like best about your job/industry for a few weeks. An informative pattern will emerge. Offer to work in other departments/ areas in your off time to try new things/skills.”
“Networking within the organization to identify a better fit, whether that means more interesting work or more congenial people,” adds Cheryl Rich Heisler, president of Lawternatives, and career consultant to lawyers in transition. “Talk to your boss and constructively share your frustrations.”
But don’t just look to your job to find answers. Your dissatisfaction might be coming from elsewhere, says Dana Edmonds, who grew tired of freelancing as a graphic designer for others so she launched her own international graphic, Web and branding design studio in Montreal, Canada, called Creation Hotcomb Design. “If you feel unsatisfied, consider that it might not be related to your job, but might be an outside element in your life which is affecting your general mood and attitude, and as a result, is affecting all aspects of your quality of life,” she explains. “You could investigate it, get real and find out what it really is that has taken the love out of your career and look for solutions, i.e. joining a yoga class, therapy or take up meditation.”
Same Industry, Different Job
Love the industry you are in, but no longer find your career exciting? Consider, like Snoop, doing something different within that profession. Go to school and learn a new skill within your industry. “Be a willing student in your career. Always upgrade and keep your skills fresh,” offers Edmonds. “Take classes, read on the subject and attend conferences about your industry to see what is up and coming. Learn what you need to know to qualify for the career change and get those skills.”
Seek advice from a more experienced colleague. “Get a mentor in your industry, bounce ideas, ask questions,” says Steele. This may result in new career opportunities and ideas.
Make yourself an expert in the industry and get noticed. “Write an article or start blogging or speaking on panels about a ‘hot’ industry topic. [This] can be an excellent form of self promotion and credibility building,” adds Heisler.
Most of all, don’t be afraid of new challenges and risk. Look at Snoop Lion, he’s taking a risk musical and professionally with Reincarnation.
When the folks over at Soul Train first introduced their celebrity cruise people couldn’t wait to get. The first ever Soul Train Cruise sold out in just days. Now the second one has been announced for next year.
It will set sail October 5, 2013 from San Diego and rock it ol´school with Earth, Wind & Fire, Gladys Knight, Jeffrey Osborne, The Whispers, Freddie Jackson, Sugarfoot’s Ohio Players, Jennifer Holliday, Billy Paul, ConFunkShun, Jody Watley, Regina Belle, The Bar-Kays, The Dazz Band, The Mary Jane Girls, The Original Lakeside and A Taste of Honey featuring Janice Marie. Comedian Alonzo Bodden and DJ extraordinaire Biz Markie are also confirmed.
The cruise, which is on Holland America’s m/s Westerdam, will take place over seven days and travels to Cabo San Lucas, with two days in Puerto Vallarta and a scenic cruising of Baja Magdalena. And the stop in Puerto Vallarta will include a golf tournament, so pack those clubs. In addition to the back-to-back on-board concerts, they’ve also planned beach parties, a themed ball (with the iconic Soul Train Line led by Original Soul Train Dancers), onboard games and other activities.
The Inaugural Soul Train Cruise featuring Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays and Jeffrey Osborne, is February 17 through 24.
Cabin rates for the 2013 cruise start at $1,900 per person and include all meals, concerts, entertainment and onboard activities. Tickets went on sale yesterday.
The Soul Train Cruise isn’t the only celebrity-themed cruise at sea. Tom Joyner Foundation Fantastic Voyage has also announced its 2013 offering. The party with a purpose (some of the proceeds go to the foundation’s work) will sail from Miami April 7, 2013 and return April 14, 2013. It’s visiting San Juan and a private island in Nassau, Bahamas and will include major beach concerts.
This party at sea is more of an “old school meets new school” affair. Celebrity events include Snoop Dogg’s (Snoop Lion’s?) Pool Deck Concert with Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band; Tyler Perry’s Beach Party With Earth Wind & Fire; and Jamie Foxx performs at the Fantastic Voyage White Party on the Beach. Ludacris will also be on deck. A number of tickets have already sold out, but prices start just over $2,000 and go up to more than $5,000.
This is not our normal Cute Kid Alert. This right here, is complete and utter ratchetness. The above picture is proof that Snoop
Dogg Lion and his firstborn Corde Calvin Broadus do indeed get high together. Nothing like that father-son bonding time. And not only do they get high together, there’s a third party in the room documenting the quality time so it could be posted to social media. Snoop’s son, Corde posted the above picture and a few more of him getting high on his own.
We’ve known for decades now that Snoop gets high…like all the time; but I guess us folks with common sense just assumed that he wasn’t involving his kids in his shenanigans. Unfortunately, we were wrong.
I can see that Snoop believes that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with smoking weed, so I’m not here to question his morals or parenting skills; but rather to note that here in America, smoking marijuana is still illegal. So by smoking with your son and then posting it for the public to see, is in fact endangering his safety, even if he doesn’t believe the herb is.
What do you make of this image?
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What Happens When Celebs DON’T Stick To Their Day Job: 10 Of The Best and Worst Career Changes in Hollywood
Change can represent a lot in one’s career. From changing your sound as an artist, or stepping out of your comfort zone, it can work out for the best–and sometimes for the worst. (Anyone remember Joaquin Phoenix’s meta attempt at rapping??) Despite that train wreck, most celebs have had successful career changes and have been better than ever. Here’s a look at some of the best (and not so great) career changes.
Queen Latifah — Best
[Rapper to TV Star, to Academy Award Winning Actress and Jazz Singer]
Queen La went from rapping about “Ladies First” and rocking afrocentric garb, including some pretty sick hats, to acting on a weekly television program that we all loved. If that wasn’t enough, she did big things on the silver screen too, gaining critical acclaim for her work in movies like Set It Off and obtaining an Academy Award nomination for her role as Matron “Mama” Morton in Chicago. Since becoming a household name, she’s been picked as a CoverGirl, and she’s also had the chance to sing jazz music (even though she’s been singing for years) and releasing soul music albums. Latifah proved that staying in your own lane is indeed for suckers.
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-Hilarious. Pitbull fell victim to Internet trolls who took advantage of a Facebook marketing campaign, hosted by Walmart, that promised to send the (bad) musician to whatever Walmart store got the most “likes.” With some manipulation and the hashtag #ExilePitbull, that store was the Kodiak, AK location. But , Pitbull took it in stride, got the keys to the city and some bear repellent, and then went on his merry way.
-In much more serious news, President Obama is edging out Mitt Romney in three key states, according to the most recent Quinnipiac University/New York Times/CBS News polls. Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania favor Obama, in part because there’s still some suspicion over Mitt Romney’s business background and refusal to disclose more of his tax returns. Women prefer President Obama in all three states.
-People like small businesses better than big corporations.
-Snoop Dogg is now Snoop Lion. The rapper went to Jamaica, became a Rastafarian, changed his name and filmed a documentary called Reincarnated. Now he’s moving into reggae music. We’ve got a trailer from the film below, which will be at the Toronto Film Festival. Looks pretty good to us.
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