As we mark the 20th anniversary of Snoop Dogg‘s debut album Doggystyle, we couldn’t help but think of the stage name changes Snoop has gone through since living in that Doggy Dogg World. And he’s clearly not alone — other rappers have gone by various names during their careers.
Snoop Dogg‘s Doggystyle is regarded as one of the landmark albums in hip-hop history and, along with Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic, the LPs that exemplify the West Coast G-Funk sound. The album dropped on November 23, 1993, and today is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its release.
The 2013 BET Hip Hop Awards aired last night and, as always, the show was very entertaining (particularly those cyphers!). It’s refreshing to watch an awards show where penguin suit-wearing attendees aren’t uptight and nervous, but some of the people at the show—we’re looking in your general direction, Joseline Hernandez, Bambi, French Montana and others!—look like they might have gotten dressed after getting a bit tipsy on Ace of Spades. Take a spin through our gallery and let us know if you agree if these hip hop superstars need to step it up next time!
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Hip hop is a curious genre — a rapper with the sickest flow could have a name more befitting a cartoon character (Eminem, anyone?). From Snoop Dogg to Too Short, here are the silliest rapper monikers of all time.
The artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg, currently known as Snoop Lion, dropped in (like it’s hot) to Big Morning Buzz Live With Carrie Keagan’s studio this morning to chat about a variety of things: his new moniker, his partnership with MTV and Jewelry for a Cause‘s initiative to get guns off the streets and out of the hands of our nation’s youth.
For most of you, today is simply Saturday, April 20. However, we just KNOW there are a bunch of you out there who have been counting down the days on your calendar for today, particularly those of you who smoke the occasional (or not so occasional) joint. Yes, today is 4/20, a day that marijuana enthusiasts the nation over celebrate with blunts, spliffs, bongs and vaporizers. As a way to acknowledge this the intersection of ganja and music, we thought we’d do some lyrical analysis of musicians across a variety of genres— we’re talking everyone from Jay-Z to The Beatles, from Lana Del Rey to Rihanna—to find out what they do when they get high.
Tomorrow is 4/20 so some of us will be celebrating marijuana’s (un)official holiday (looking at you Rihanna). For all you potheads out there, today’s Face-Off is between the artist formerly known as Snoop D-O-Double-G and Kid Cudi. Read more…
Today is Mariah Carey‘s birthday, and as a companion piece to Mariah’s 43 best facial expresions, we wanted to celebrate this glorious occasion by counting down her 43 all-time best songs. Since her debut LP, Mariah Carey, dropped back in 1990, no other artist has had the kind of chart success that Mimi has enjoyed: 27 Top 10 singles —18 of which went all the way to #1— and six albums that topped the Billboard 200. So, what we’re saying is that there was a lot of debate about what songs from her amazing catalog should make the list. Read more…
Blasphemy! But someone had to do it. Everyone calm down, I’m not saying that you can’t play Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” until your iPod breaks. All I’m saying is that there is so much more out there in terms of cheerful spirited holiday-themed music that is both modern and mostly listenable.
Let’s put aside our differences and agree that lists are fun. They are also only definite if you actually add them to your holiday playlist. SO: WILL YOU?