Maybe this is old or uninteresting news to you guys… but I found this little tidbit very interesting! I think that Snoop is simply following the money – and right now the money is in Bollywood… not Hollywood!
I caught a glimpse of Snoop Dogg back in May of 2005, when I happened to be staying in the same hotel in San Jose, California. I was attending a PalmSource Developer conference there at the time, and a group of my colleagues and I got wind that Snoop was performing in town that night and that he would be coming back to the hotel at a very late hour to go up to his penthouse suite. So, we decided to hit the town and then come back to stake out the lobby and catch a glimpse of him. When we got back at around 1am, we found an assortment of interesting people also waiting there for Snoop’s posse to arrive. We met an aspiring French rapper named “SmartZee.” He was a really nice guy, and I still have his business card somewhere. It said, “Smart for my game, Zee for my name!” Actually, you can find him in music videos now on YouTube. Anyway, we also met one of Snoop’s uncles (unless he was lying, but I’m pretty sure that he was the real deal). We were about to go play the piano in the lobby, but it was locked (and rightly so… it was one o’clock in the morning at a nice hotel!). So we waited, and waited some more, chatting with these interesting people. Finally, the moment arrived! First, we saw Don “Magic” Juan come through the lobby, golden jewel-encrusted chalice, hat, walking stick, and all. It was a sight to behold. It really was. Then came Snoop Dogg, surrounded by bodyguards and friends. He walked by pretty quickly, but the thing that surprised me most was how amazingly tall and thin he was in person, even more so than he looks on TV and in music videos. The whole “sighting” probably lasted less than a minute, but it was a fun experience because of all of the interesting people that I met along the way.
Anyway, there it is. I’m sure that my experience would have been more greatly appreciated by a person who is a bigger fan of rap than I am, but it makes for an entertaining story, I think. I also have some other great stories from that particular conference, including the virtual sheep shearing contest that Em and I almost won, along with a trip to New Zealand. Dang it! We were so close… Martha, I know you feel my pain!