Today is Snoop Dogg’s 40th birthday.
Years before becoming everyone’s resident professor on izzle-speak, Snoop’s rap lyrics coupled with a sizable criminal record (he was acquitted of a 1993 murder charge) reflect the 1990’s perception of gangsta rap and the violent culture it portrayed. Here’s Snoop’s description of his ideal day [from Newsweek, November 29, 1993]:
I want peace on the street like it was 4/29/92” — the day the Los Angeles gangs called a truce. “That s— felt good. Bloods, Crips, everybody just chillin’. I ain’t never felt that before, being able to go to neighborhoods where they restrict you ‘cause you wear this color and they wear that color. Everybody was together. That’s what my music’s going for — to stop you banging for a second. Listen to my music and get on another vibe.