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Snoop Dogg and other hip hop legends to perform one-night special at the 02 Arena Greenwich

Celebrating more than 25 years at the pinnacle of hip-hop, West Coast legend Snoop Dogg is heading to South London for a one-night special.

On March 21, Snoop Dogg and other hip-hop legends such as Xzibit, Warren G and D12 will head the O2 Arena in Greenwich for a night of legendary hip-hop beats that will span two decades.

It’s been a career that has seen the Doggfather cement his undisputed influence on music with chart-topping, multi-platinum records.

Snoop Dogg attending the MTV Video Music Awards 2022

The rap legend has come a long way since being discovered by Dr Dre in the early 1990s.

As impressive as he was when guesting on Dre’s The Chronic in 1992, few could have guessed he’d go on to global fame, tens of millions of record sales, and a career in movies and TV.

He was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, California, on October 20, 1971.

His “Snoop Dogg” nickname came from his mother because she thought he looked like Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon.

He played piano and sang at his local Baptist church, before starting rap in sixth grade.

After graduating high school, Snoop was arrested several times for drug possession and spent time in prison.

He started making music as a way out of his troubles and recorded early demos with his cousin Nate Dogg and friend Warren G as 213.

A track on one of these came to the attention of Dr Dre who invited Snoop — then rapping under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg — to audition.

Snoop’s first album in 1993, the Dre-produced Doggystyle, climbed its way to the No 1 spot on Billboard’s hip-hop and Top 200 charts, based in part on the success of the singles Who Am I (What’s My Name)? and Gin and Juice.

Next came a short film called Murder Was the Case, the soundtrack of which went double platinum.

Snoop’s next album, Tha Doggfather (1996), also reached the top of the charts.

Snoop continued to make music throughout the 2000s, enjoying a big hit in 2004 with the chart-topping single Drop It Like It’s Hot, which sparked several fruitful collaborations with Pharrell Williams.

Snoop Dogg has the distinction for having the most Grammy nominations of any music artist— 17 to date — without having won one.

But as he shows few signs of retiring, don’t write him off just yet.


Picture: Snoop Dogg, also inset Pictures: PA

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One thought on “Snoop Dogg and other hip hop legends to perform one-night special at the 02 Arena Greenwich

  • And it was rubbish!
    They had the bass up way too high so you couldn’t hear vocals or the actual tune? D12 was a joke, 1 DJ and 2 members who sang only other rappers tunes… Badly. Plenty of D12 members still alive who didn’t show on stage… Eminem for one.

    Where was Warren G!? No mention of him. Snoop left the stage for a break, then the DJ said “get your phone out” and started playing Regulate!!! So we thought he was coming on stage. Nope, just played his track and got us to rap the lyrics?

    Waste of time, money and energy.

    The sound engineer at the O2 that night should have concentrated on his job instead of vaping all the time. He should be sacked.

    I’ve seen Snoop before and it was good, at Glastonbury many years ago.

    This just felt like a lazy cheap way to make a buck out of everyone in the O2.

    They should issue a 50% refund to all who came. Those who didn’t attend were lucky.


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