Earlier this year, Snoop Dogg stated that he thought the west coast needed to get into the mixtape circuit. Well it looks like Snoop’s Doggy Style Records have started following the trend.
Inspired by DJ Whoo Kid’s Smoking Day 2, which featured Snoop narrating a collection of 50 Cent and Snoop rarities, the Long Beach rapper is launching his own mixtape series this summer. Snoop’s first installment, Welcome 2 the Chuuch, Vol. 1, will unofficially roll out in the coming weeks with unreleased material from the rapper, Nate Dogg, Marvin Gaye, Warren G, Redman, Xzibit, Beanie Sigal, Daz, Bad Azz, Freeway, RBX and Soopafly, along with other Doggy Style Records artists. Fans can order the collection now at www.doggystylerecords.com.
The series, which will include three volumes, is one of many projects on Snoop’s plate, along with a few movies, a third Eastsidaz album and a DVD of December’s inaugural Snoop Bowl football game against the Inland Empire Police Department.
Snoop’s priority, though, appears to be the long-awaited debut album from 213, a group he co-founded with Warren G and Nate Dogg before Dr. Dre’s landmark The Chronic launched all of their careers. The all-star trio have set aside solo efforts to finish the album, due this fall.
Outside of music, Snoop has signed up to star in a remake of “Airplane!” and is currently filming his scenes as Huggy Bear in the new “Starsky & Hutch” movie.
“I’m bringing more of a player feel [to the character of Huggy Bear],” Snoop said Friday from the set. “You know, where he’s like really an action player, his hair looks good, his nails look good, his outfits are sharp, he says all the right things, he knows it all. So I’m just bringing a little bit more of a 2003 player edge to it, but the movie is shot in the scene of ’74 or ’75, so it’s still old-school, but I just had to put my flavor on the table to show that Huggy Bear could really be a player.”
So far, the highlights have been a golf course scene, which marked Snoop’s first time on the links, and just working alongside Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. “Those guys are professional and they’ve been doing it for a long time,” the rapper said.