‘Drop it Like it’s Hot’: Rapper Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion and goes reggae

Gone are the cornrows. Cue the dreadlocks! Snoop Dogg’s recent name change to Snoop Lion…Coming to our ear-waves will be a full length album aptly titled “Reincarnated.” This project also includes a documentary film by the same name that will debut at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival

Must see documentary, ‘UPRISING: Hip Hop and the LA Riots airs May 1 on VH1

Any American who was at least 10 years old in 1992 is painfully familiar with the Los Angeles (LA) Riots like we’ve grown to know “Katrina” and “9/11.” Mark Ford takes a look 20 years later in his documentary “UPRISING: Hip Hop and the LA Riots.”…airs tonight (May 1, 2012) at 9:00 PM ET/PT on VH1

G-Funk Era loses a legend: Nate Dogg deat at 41

One of the most recognizable voices of the early 90s West Coast hip-hop scene is dead..Nate Dogg — died Tuesday, according to the Long Beach Press-Telegram…He was 41.

Snoop Dogg teams up with wheelchair rap group to inspire young people to stay in school

Rap legend, Snoop Dogg has endorsed 4 Wheel City’s, “Welcome to Reality” tour, a unique brand of musical therapy that awakens young people to the realities of the street life and its subsequent consequences. 4 Wheel City founders, Namel “Tapwaterz” Norris and Ricardo “Ricfire” Velasquez, use music as an outlet to educate their communities. Performing at high schools, colleges and hospitals all over the United States, the duo entertain and inspire their fans with Hip Hop, compelling kids to stay in school and raising awareness of people with disabilities. “We are excited to team up with Snoop Dogg,” says Tapwaterz, “He is the perfect artist for this project. Kids love Snoop and he has the street credibility they will listen to.”

Britain lifts entry ban for Snoop Dogg

SNOOP DOGG has won a legal battle to gain entry to the U.K. – three years after government officials banned him from Britain. The hip-hop star, real name Calvin Broadus, incurred the wrath of immigration officials in 2006 when he was arrested following a fracas at London’s Heathrow Airport. The following year (07), he was denied entry into the country, with authorities arguing his previous convictions for drugs and firearms offenses made him a threat.