Snoop Dogg will now be referred to as the 2,651st recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The ceremony took place on Monday (Nov. 19) in the “Gin & Juice” rapper’s home state of California. At the start of his speech, the 47-year-old artist gave praise to Warren G, his family, his wife, and the battle rappers he encountered on his rise to fame.
The honor arrives nearly 25 years after the “Peaches And Cream” rapper introduced himself to the music industry with his debut album Doggystyle. Since then, the veteran artist went on to rack up awards, star in films, and host an Emmy-nominated show alongside Martha Stewart.
In April, Jimmy Kimmel surprised Snoop with the honor during an interview on his late night talk show. The star will live outside of Kimmel’s studio. Referring to himself as Snoop’s second coolest white friend after Martha Stewart, the comedian revisited the first time he met the longtime entertainer in the mid-90s.
“Snoop is a multi-talent: rapper, songwriter, record producer, TV host, actor, author, entrepreneur,” Kimmel said before comically adding that Snoop won the Nobel Peace Prize for combining gin and juice. “You crossed over color lines, you crossed over genre lines before almost anyone else in hip-hop did that. You put the O-G in D-O-double-G and I know you won’t remember any of this in half an hour but you’ve been such a good friend to me and I want to say congratulations and thank you.”
In the audience at Snoop Dogg’s Walk of Fame ceremony? Pharrell Williams, John Singleton, Ted Sarandos, Warren G, Big Boi, Ty Dolla $ign, BattleCat, Lakers president Jeanie Buss, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar https://t.co/NhwqManzAW pic.twitter.com/o5FLOXvvge
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Dr. Dre also took to the podium, stating that almost 30 years as partners in music, he and Snoop have developed a bond that extends far beyond the studio. “I had no idea how I was going to do it, how it was going to get done, and them boom, here comes Snoop,” Dre said on putting together his The Chronic album. “A true diamond in the rough. Snoop is just pure raw talent. Nobody sounds like Snoop, and when he opens his mouth you know exactly who it is.”
Fellow Walk of Famer Quincy Jones also congratulated everyone’s favorite uncle for his prowess since the days of Doggystyle to serving as a beacon of entrepreneurship for young people. “It was 25 years ago, but it seems only yesterday that you and your crew were hanging at my house. I wasn’t even in town, but it’s alright though,” he said to laughs. “Because you were family then and you are family now and forever, eternally. How magnificent your journey has been from St. Louis to Long Beach to Hollywood.”
Watch the momentous ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard above.
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