It’s official: the life and times of Snoop D-O-Double G will soon hit the big screen. On Wednesday 9 November 2022, Universal Pictures announced that it is developing the first-ever definitive biopic of the 51-year-old pop culture icon.
Enlisting Black Panther: Wakanda Forever co-writer Joe Robert Cole and filmmaker Allen Hughes, who co-directed movies like Menace II Society and Dead Presidents, the upcoming feature is set to incorporate music from Snoop’s 30-year-long career—which will only add to the authenticity of its storytelling. The project will also mark the inaugural film from Snoop’s new production company, Death Row Pictures, which he runs with Sara Ramaker.
“I waited a long time to put this project together because I wanted to choose the right director, the perfect writer, and the greatest movie company I could partner with that could understand the legacy that I’m trying to portray on screen, and the memory I’m trying to leave behind,” Snoop said in a statement.
“It was the perfect marriage,” he added. “It was holy matrimony, not holy macaroni.”
Snoop, real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., had his first brush with fame in the early 1990s West Coast rap scene following his collaborations with Dr. Dre and iconic albums, Doggystyle and The Doggfather. He later dipped his toes into media and business and became an entrepreneur with ties to technology, global consumer brands, food and beverage, and, of course, the cannabis industry.
Today, with 35 million albums sold worldwide, the rapper is a 17-time Grammy nominee, an American Music Award winner, and a Primetime Emmy Award winner—having played himself in countless series and featured in movies including Training Day, Starsky & Hutch, and Day Shift.
Universal Pictures has also previously handled the 2015 N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, where Snoop was portrayed by Lakeith Stanfield.
“Snoop Dogg’s life and legacy make him one of the most exciting and influential icons in popular culture,” stated Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group, in a statement. “We met with Snoop shortly after he acquired Death Row Records and had the opportunity to hear his story in his own words. We are humbled to be able to create the lasting document of this singular artist.”
While the company is yet to announce who will portray Snoop in the upcoming biopic, the rapper has previously mentioned that he was working on a biographical project he described as “The ‘Snoop Dogg anthology’, the life story of Snoop Dogg.”
“[The project would follow] me being the ‘Black Forest Gump’, so to speak, seeing me in all of these highlighted moments in American history,” he told outlets back in 2021. At the time, however, he didn’t envision the project hitting big screens worldwide.
“Snoop Dogg is one of the most internationally beloved figures in hip-hop,” filmmaker Hughes went on to note. “There’s just something about his energy that brings people of all walks of life together. Snoop Dogg, not just the artist, but the man and his brand, has transcended generations with his connection and appeal to audiences.”
“His story is so authentic and utterly inspiring, and to have the opportunity to tell his story allows me to go back to the hood 30 years after Menace II Society, and say more now than I could then.”
Snoop Dogg’s brand has become so synonymous with weed that I expect there are crowds of people who go through their days blindly believing that the American rapper actually invented cannabis. The superstar stoner—or ‘Doggfather’ as he’s affectionately known—has always been incredibly transparent about his favourite extracurricular activity, and now we’ve been gifted with Snoop’s most valuable weed wisdom: always microwave a joint for approximately 11 seconds before smoking it.
Now, you might be thinking, ‘a store-bought curry and rolled blunt don’t appear to be natural neighbours in the microwave,’ however, you’d be wrong. During a 2010 interview with Canadian musician and presenter, Nardwuar, the rapper was prompted to explain himself after he casually began to roast his pre-rolled blunt.
According to Snoop, by placing your cannabis concoction in the microwave for a mere 11 seconds, you can “trap all the ingredients inside.”
The ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ singer has been known for sharing some wild secrets to the public. In 2008, he shocked fans everywhere by revealing that he was only eight years old when he first dabbled with marijuana. More recently, Snoop dominated headlines after admitting to TV host Jimmy Kimmel that 89-year-old Willie Nelson was the only living human who could outsmoke him. Imagine the lung capacity it takes to beat the legend at his own game…
Back to the microwaving magic. Herb—the internet’s resident home for cannabis enthusiasts—recently corroborated Snoop’s theory. The publication went into an extreme level of detail, so bear with me as I attempt to break it down in the simplest way possible.
Decarboxylation is a term that circulates within the weed-smoking community often. Primarily, it refers to the process of heating weed in order to activate the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). For example, if you’re looking to make edibles, it’s essential you first go through the decarboxylation process before mixing your cannabis with your tasty treats. If the THC and cannabidiol (CBD) are not activated, you will not experience anything when you consume them.
Essentially, no decarboxylation, no high.
Another term to remember is terpenes, which—according to Healthline—are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants and some animals. They’re responsible for the aromas, flavours, and even colours associated with various types of vegetation. In terms of cannabis, terpenes are what make certain strains smell or taste different from others.
Now, if you put a blunt in the oven, in order to start the decarboxylation process, there’s a chance some of the terpenes will evaporate. However, by putting a blunt in the microwave for a short period of time, it still allows for the heat to activate the THC, without losing those crucial flavours.
So, as already suspected, Snoop truly is the King of weed—spreading wisdom throughout the huffing and puffing dragon land to his loyal and loving subjects.