Snoop Dogg is my favorite rapper; not that I like many rappers. I think Kanye West is an asshole and I don’t know why Lil’ Wayne insists on wearing that sparkly shit on his teeth. Doesn’t that interfere with flossing? I’m not a big rap fan, although I do own “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre and I have a few others that I like. But because I love Snoop, maybe you’ll understand how excited I was when I got to be an extra in his video for “Murder Was the Case” in 1994. The video was actually a short film that was 18 minutes long. I think he made the video after being cleared on murder charges. That’s the first thing I’d do after getting out of jail…make a video!
Part of the video was shot at this old prison near downtown LA. It was at night and really creepy and scary. The part I had in the video was playing a protester outside the prison picketing to free Snoop. All of the extras were just sitting around doing nothing, which is really common on sets. In fact, that’s one thing that I never liked about film as opposed to live performance. I hate all the waiting around. I always end up clearing out craft service.
The person in charge of bossing the extras around came up to us with a bunch of cardboard pieces and wooden posts and told us that we were going to be carrying protest signs and marching around out front of the prison….oh, and we also had to make the signs. It’s funny that a huge production like that would rely on the extras to make the protest signs. But we didn’t care because it gave us something to do. By the way, my mom likes Snoop, she thinks he’s cool. Keep in mind, she’s never heard any of his songs, she just saw him play Huggy Bear in the remake of Starsky and Hutch and decided she liked him.
One of the extras said “what should we write on the signs?” and the extra wrangler said “whatever you want, but it should have to do with getting Snoop out of jail, like “Free Snoop.” So, all the extras proceeded to make their signs. I wanted to keep it simple, so my sign just said “Doggy Style.” I thought it was kind of funny. All of us were just sitting around with our signs waiting to shoot our scene, and Snoop and one of the production managers were walking towards us. The production manager said “okay, protesters, let’s see your signs.” We all held up our signs and the production manager nudges Snoop and points to my sign. Snoop chuckled and said to me “I like your doggy style.”
Snoop is really tall and skinny and looks like a Doberman Pincher in person. If he was really a dog, that’s the kind he’d be. I tweeted him recently, but he didn’t reply to my tweet. Could he have forgotten about my doggy style?
Have a freaky Friday !