Working off the success of 2011's Doggumentary, the iconic rapper-actor Snoop Dogg had a busy 2013, appearing in four films and embarking on a tour of America, New Zealand and Australia. Snoop has been the epitome of gangsta rap for over two decades: His tough, West Coast style and ability to not take himself too seriously endears fans. Snoop brings all these traits to his live concert appearances, engaging ticket holders with good vibes while delivering the cool, subdued sounds he's known for. At the London Lovebox festival in 2011, Snoop could be seen sporting pounds upon pounds of bling, strutting onstage, his characteristic wave of the arms like that of a snake charmer hypnotizing the audience.
Once he made his appearance on Dr. Dre's The Chronic in 1992, Snoop skyrocketed to fame as one of the most identifiable performers. Raised in Long Beach, California, Snoop brought some of his real life hardships into his music. His trademark hair, laid-back voice, plus the grim reality implied in his lyrics all contributed to Snoop's reputation. His 1993 solo release, Doggystyle, proved to be Snoop's greatest achievement, reaching No. 1 on the R&B charts and the Billboard 200. "Gin and Juice" remains to this day an anthem of gangsta party life.
Doggumentary brought Snoop full circle, and was touted as something of a sequel to Doggystyle. Snoop teamed up with a great range of stars this time around. Bootsy Collins steps in on "We Rest n Cali." Gorillaz, Goldie Loc, Kanye West and even Willie Nelson show up to lend a hand throughout the album. Nelson's performance on the old-style country porch rocker "Superman" is not to be missed. One of the charms of this album lies in its handling of divergent styles.