On Monday 9th June, hip-hop icon Snoop Dogg will be descending upon Centre Square in Middlesbrough for a highly anticipated live outdoor performance that is one of his only live dates in the UK this year.
Snoop Dogg, also known as Snoop Lion and the newly found DJ Snoopadelic has been a widely admired figure in the world of music for over a decade. Since his first album ‘Doggystyle’, which was a 4x platinum seller, he has continued to appear on some of the most well known tracks of today with other reputable artists from many musical backgrounds. Snoop Dogg’s first album spawned the hit singles ‘Gin & Juice’ and ‘What’s My Name’ that both had a huge impact on charts around the world. This consequently led to Snoop’s second album ‘The Doggfather’ that was also well received by critics and his fans, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Top 100. As well as his still blossoming career in music, Snoop has appeared in a plethora of films including Scary Movie 5 and Starsky & Hutch, as well as appearing on a host of TV shows.
Quite recently, Snoop Dogg re-introduced himself as Snoop Lion after being rechristened by a priest in Jamaica. This came prior to releasing a documentary and his most recent artist album, both with the name ‘Reincarnated’. As well as the second alias, in September Snoop Dogg also announced he would be pursuing a DJ career under the moniker DJ Snoopadelic, taking the name from George Clinton’s ‘Funkadelic’ after stating its influence on his third alias. Since the announcement Snoop Dogg released a mix compilation named ‘Loose Joints’ that contained a number of dance music tracks, showing his love for a diverse array of genres and music styles. Snoop has since been DJing around the world and has visited some of the UK’s favourite nightspots including Gatecrasher in Birmingham and Control in Leeds.
In an interview with New York based music magazine ‘The Fader’, Snoop Dogg ties all his pseudonyms together by saying: “Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg, DJ Snoopadelic. They only know one thing: Make music that’s timeless and bangs.” In a nutshell, Snoop is letting his fans know that no matter which name he performs under, he will always succeed in putting on a memorable show.