Australia gone to the Dogg
The D.O.G.G. said he’d be B.A.C.K. and he meant it – Snoop hits the Spit for Summafieldayze, writes Maria Lewis
DUST off your bling and prepare to get barking, because rap superstar Snoop Dogg is back to drop it like it’s hot. Snoop is one of the headline acts at Summafieldayze 2012, the everexpanding music festival that takes over Doug Jennings Park, at The Spit, on Monday.
Snoop’s set marks his second visit to Australia in less than a year after he played the national Supafest R’N’B tour in April and launched his latest album, Doggumentary, with an exclusive DJ set poolside at Jupiters Hotel & Casino.
It seems Aussie fans can’t get enough of the hip hop veteran, whose popularity here continues to soar.
‘‘It’s the Snoop Dogg Kool Aid – everybody wants some and it will never run dry,’’ he says.
Despite a 20-year career in the music industry, Snoop’s popularity Down Under has never been greater. His single Sweat, with world No. 1 DJ David Guetta, delivered him his first-ever ARIA No. 1. And it seems the love is reciprocated. Snoop, who describes Australian women as ‘‘delectable, edible, sexy, pleasurable’’, says he’d consider a move here and loves returning to our shores because we ‘‘appreciate’’ music.
‘‘This place (Australia) really understands music, sort of like Japan,’’ he says.
‘‘If you haven’t ever been to Japan, you’re not going to know what I’m saying. But if you’ve been you would have seen those people over there collect all of your records, from the beginning of your career ’til the end. To me it feels like that same vibe over here in Australia, where people really believe in you. They roll with you, they roll with you all the way through your career . . . people appreciate you for who you are.’’
Snoop has proven himself a versatile and savvy entertainer, building an empire of music, film, television and reality projects.
‘‘I’m a chameleon, you know what I’m saying? I can flip flop, dip drop, ride in, ride out – I try to adjust to any environment you put me in and make it mine,’’ he says.
Most recently, Snoop has been channelling his efforts into a TV project for his daughter, Cori, who he says wants to be the ‘‘black Miley Cyrus’’.
‘‘I never wanted them (my kids) in the limelight but once I exposed them to it and had the cameras following me it was going to become something they was going to do or they wasn’t,’’ he says.
‘‘But Cori wants it more than anybody else in the house, because she’s focused on school and routines and singing and dancing.’’ And Snoop says his daughter appears to have what it takes.
‘‘It’s the preparation. I’m in the game so I understand what it takes and I think she has all of the right ethics and train of thought to become that.’’
Snoop Dogg, Calvin Harris, Scissor Sisters, Pendulum, Justice and more play Summafieldayze, Doug Jennings Park, on Monday. Gates open noon. Tickets are $144 via Oztix. Snoop will also appear at City Beach Pacific Fair on Monday from 2-3pm. Visit the City Beach Facebook page for details.
Smooth moves ... Snoop Dogg rolls back into town as one of the stars of Summafieldayze