Since he stole the show on Dr. Dre's genre-defining masterpiece The Chronic, Snoop Dogg's laconic, rubbery flow and goofy gangsta persona has been a hip-hop institution. His Doggystyle (1993) became the first debut album to hit the charts at No. 1. After a rancorous split with Death Row Records, Snoop moved to Master P's No Limit label. In the late '90s, he began working with Dre again, resulting in standout tracks like "Bitch Please," "Still D.R.E." and "The Next Episode." Not content with simply rapping, Snoop launched an acting career in feature films like Training Day and The Wash. His sixth solo record Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ dropped in late 2002, followed two years later by R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta). In 2006, Snoop released the excellent Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, followed by the sleazy "Sensual Seduction" and subsequent 2008 album Ego Trippin'. Though the middling success of 2009's Malice 'N Wonderland and 2011's Doggumentary suggested Snoop's star power was waning, he still commanded attention with urban hits like "I Wanna Rock" and "Boom."
Snoop Dogg Concert Films
Drop It Like Its Hot
Runtime: 1 hr 8 minThe leading figure on America s West Coast gangsta rap scene and recognised as one of the world s foremost rappers, Snoop Dogg s highly controversial lifestyle frequently blurs the line between fantasy and reality. His 1993 album Doggystyle became the first debut album to enter the American charts at number one where it stayed for several weeks, achieving quadruple platinum status. Snoop s flamboyant image and cutting edge music has gained him a host of fans around the world and have made him a living legend. Deliberately playing down the early violent element in both his music and his public image, he has become one of rap music s most successful crossover artists and its principal superstar. This DVD features Snoop Dogg in a spectacular concert performances filmed in Brussels in 2005, it also features two bonus tracks from Snoop s appearance at Jamaica s Reggae Sumfest in 2001, where he was charged with using profane language.
In Session 2008
Runtime: 40 minSnoop is known primarily for his achievements in the music industry, as a gangsta MC. This live intimate performance features hits like “Drop It Like It's Hot,” “My Medicine,” “Sensual Seduction,” “Waste Of Time,” and many more.
Live At The Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco 2006
Runtime: 45 minSnoop Dogg’s music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A, and as a result was prominently featured throughout Dr. Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic (1992). He has since then sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide
Watch his electrifying LIVE from the sold out world-famous Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco (2006).
Puff Puff Pass Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 43 minThis is it! Your front row seat to the greatest hip hop experience ever captured on film. This is the ultimate back stage pass for your total pleasure. "Up In Smoke" is it and now you've got it all. Fire it up.
Snoop Dogg Top Tracks
Smoke Out Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minIn November 2002, the Cypress Hill Smoke Out Festival celebrated its fifth successful year. The all day festival featured a mixture of punk, hip hop, rock and rap.This program presents the highlights of the day with contemporary heavyweight acts such as Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Everlast and surprise guests Bone Thugs N Harmony alongside future stars Kottonmouth Kings and L.A. rockers 3rd Strike. Eagle Visions Up In Smoke is one of the best selling music program ever released and proved that this format of programme is extremely popular. Produced to the same high standard this looks well place to repeat the success.
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minIn July 2007 the famous Stravinski Auditorium at Montreux was witness to a gathering of the Wu-Tang Clan. With the exception of the sadly deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard, the whole Clan was present: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa. Also joining the party were some of their extended family members: Cappadonna, Streetlife and DJ Mathematics. This rare gathering of the full clan took Montreux by storm and got the whole audience on their feet and jumping with a set featuring all their best known hits and classics plus a number of solo tracks, including a clutch of Ol' Dirty Bastard hits.
Classic Album: Reasonable Doubt
Runtime: 54 minJay-Z has been one of the most influential figures in Black American music since the mid-nineties. Initially as a performer racking up an incredibly successful string of hit singles and albums and latterly as an executive, having taken on the presidency of Def Jam Records in 2004. "Reasonable Doubt" was his debut album and is still considered by many to be his finest achievement. A much harder hitting and edgy record than his later more polished and pop orientated releases it announced to the world that a new rap star had arrived. This latest addition to the Classic Albums series sees Jay-Z take us back through the whole creative process behind this stunning first release.
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 6 minRun DMC were one of the true pioneers of rap music. Formed in the early eighties they had a string of hit singles and multi-platinum albums through the decade which helped to define the sound of contemporary rap music. They also pioneered the crossover with rock and pop typified by their worldwide hit Walk This Way, which they recorded with Aerosmith. This concert at Montreux in 2001 was one of the last they performed before the tragic death of Jam Master Jay in 2002.
Live at Tabernacle 2008
Runtime: 1 hr 14 minLudacris performs live at The Tabernacle in 2008. The show, in support of his sixth studio album, Release Therapy, which won Best Rap Album for the 2007 Grammy Awards, features performances of “Money Maker,” “What's Your Fantasy” and “Runaway Love”.
The Up in Smoke Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 60 minThis film of the legendary Up In Smoke tour from 2000 gives you a front row seat to the greatest hip hop experience ever captured on film. The combination of Ice Cube, Eminem, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg was always going to be extraordinary and so it proved. Filmed across the tour as it travelled through America it shows the controversy, the girls, the humor and most of all some of the finest live hip hop performances ever seen.
Live From the Kennedy Center
Runtime: 52 minWhen Nas was just 19 years old, he composed what would become one of hip-hop’s defining masterpieces, Illmatic. To mark its 20th anniversary, Nas delivers a standout performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. With conductor Steven Reineke taking the orchestra through arrangements of beats by DJ Premier and Large Professor, Nas delivers impassioned renditions of tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind”, “The World Is Yours”, and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)”. Between songs, the program cuts away to both archival and new interview footage to document Nas’ rise from Queensbridge upstart to influential rap icon.
Up in Smoke
Runtime: 27 minMaking an appearance at the sixth annual Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino, California, was multi-platinum rap artist DMX. The only rap artist to have five consecutive platinum and number one albums simultaneously, DMX performs some of his most popular jams in this final performance before his decision to concentrate on his acting career. See the King of Rap perform his most powerful thug-life anthems, "Who We Be" and "Ya'll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind," plus two of his biggest hits, "X Gonna Give It To Ya" and "Kaido." In this show, DMX ignites the live crowd like no other rapper can, and demonstrates how he became one of the prime forces behind mainstream Hip Hop's return to street realism during the late '90s.