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

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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

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