This year was a journey for me in more ways than one. Come along for my flashback and I hope you’re ready for 2014. Ya wit me?!?
The Documentary. The Album. The Coffee Table Book. The Grammy nomination. You can watch, listen and read about my spiritual journey from Dogg to Lion. It was a real life changing experience that I’m glad I got to share with the world. I even just received a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae Album. Jah!!
A song with a message like this has to come from the heart, and for me, that heart is connected to being a father. That’s why I asked my daughter, Cori B., to be a part of this song. And why I asked Drake to help spread this positive message. It’s more than a song for me — it’s a social movement and a call to action to end gun violence. It’s a movement I started this year with The League of Young Voters to raise awareness and incite a national conversation on ways we can eliminate gun violence. I hope you will all join me in 2014 to stop this violence!
5. Me and Miley
“Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” is one of my favorite songs off Reincarnated. She is an awesome artist to work with, and I love this track. She was in the news a lot this year, but I look it at like this: She’s 20 years old. She’s just figuring out how to take charge in her life. I remember what that was like. I expect great things to follow for Miley.
8. Me and Kate Upton. Hot Pockets.
You Got What I Eat! Uncle Snoop, Hot Pockets and the flyest girl around. That’s all you need to know.
9. Boss Dogg & Boss Lady in The White House!
Herbie Hancock can do it all. He’s influenced everybody: Hip hop, jazz, rock, classical. I was really honored to perform and celebrate this legend for the Kennedy Center Honors with our President and First Lady! My wife and baby girl came with me too. Started from the bottom. Now we’re in the White House!!
11. I started a new garden.
I started the organization Mind Gardens in Jamaica (with my guy Jean Paul DeJoria) when I saw how the communities didn’t have access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This year, I brought Mind Gardens to the West Coast with the help of Reed’s Ginger Brew to bring healthy living to the kids. You gotta get your body right to get your mind right!
13. Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) Superbowl Champs, baby!!
I started the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL) to give inner city kids the gift of football, and teach kids between the ages of 5 and 13, values such as teamwork, discipline, and self-respect. We also offer a cheer and dance program for girls where they can learn the sport of competitive cheerleading. No matter if you’re a player or a cheerleader, this league is about being a student athlete first. Cuz you know, you can be athletic on the field, but you gotta be cool in the class… The best part about this season? Coach Snoop’s team won the Super Bowl. Steelers, baby!!
14. Snoop Dogg for Dogs
Lots of dogs in shelters are being euthanized because they don’t have enough food to feed them. With Dog For Dog, you buy a bag of food and we send a bag to a shelter to help keeps dogs alive. My dogs love it too!
15. The Broadus Boyz Mixtape
I released a mixtape with my two sons Spanky Danky and Dirty D. Together we are Tha Broadus Boyz. The mixtape was called Royal Fam. You don’t have to be a Duke and Duchess to be royalty. You just need love. Ya Dig?!
16. The 20th Anniversary of Doggystyle
I’ll always have to give it up for “Doggystyle” — It was my first album and it put me on tha map. I’m a much different person than I was back then, but it’s all a journey. Those early albums changed hip hop forever, and that is powerful. It brings me joy that the music stood the test of time.
17. Larry King Raps on GGN
Larry King is my guy. I’ve been going on his show for years, and thought I should have him on GGN this year. He let me teach him how to rap. He’s got style and swag. Mazel tov, Mr. King.
18. I hosted tha BET Hip Hop Awards
Uncle Snoop rolled thru ATL to host tha BET Hip Hop Awards! My GGN show was also part of tha awards this year. A HUGE look for Nemo Hoes, U Hear ME?!
19. FUNK You Very Much!
Dam-Funk and I got down on our album 7 Days of Funk, where I performed under the name Snoopzilla (an ode to my guy Bootsy). It was real cool working with Dam on this album. It’s tha funkiest shit…real groovy baby, U Hear Me?! We even got it on cassette tape. The music pays tribute to tha greats, like Bootsy Collins and Steve Arrington. Snoopzilla and Dam-Funk take you there. You gotta find tha funk seven days a week in 2014. Ya dig?