Snoop Dogg creating HBO series
Snoop Dogg is working on a fresh HBO series about crime and the rise of rap in LA.
The 43-year-old rapper, who hails from Southern Californian town Long Beach, rose to fame in 1993 when his debut album Doggystyle was released.
And he is now preparing to document what life was like on the streets of Los Angeles during the Eighties in a new show for HBO, which centres on the flood of crime, violence and emergence of rap in the ghettos he was exposed to at the time.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to tell a story that’s going to be told the right way on the right network,” Snoop revealed at South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas on Friday during his Keynote Conversation with Snoop Dogg panel, according to USA Today.
The Gin & Juice rapper is teaming up with Allen Hughes of Menace II Society and Rodney Barnes of The Boondocks on the HBO project.
Snoop was discovered by Dr. Dre of groundbreaking gangster rap group N.W.A. and when he reminisces about growing up in the 1980s, the hip-hop legend recalls the atmosphere in ‘the hood’ altering considerably after President Ronald Reagan introduced economic policies that cut funding for the poor.
“When Reaganomics kicked in … there was a shift from having fun and playing football to selling drugs and shooting at each other,” he noted.
Snoop will be releasing his new album Bush on May 12, a record produced by Pharrell Williams.
And although his HBO series is bound to tackle some serious issues, his fresh LP will be a little lighter in content.
“It’s a ride in through the funkosphere,” Snoop smiled.