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Tha Doggfather : the times, trials, and hardcore truths of Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg, 1972-
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New York : William Morrow, 1999.
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229 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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ML420.S6735 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography
ML420.S6735 A3 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ
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This is a tale of a young man's struggle against a system that consigned him to a destiny of poverty, crime, and hopelessness from birth. Set against the mean streets of L.A.'s South Bay 'hoods, the book is populated by a cast of vivid characters, including Tupac Shakur, Snoop's one true friend and musical soulmate, cut down at the beginning of a brilliant career, and Suge Knight, whose Death Row Records brought street-level credibility--and gangland tactics--into the corporate suites of the entertainment industry.

From the Crip gang members who recruited Snoop virtually off the playground to the pimps and players, whores and hustlers who formed his extended family on the streets and behind prison walls, Tha Doggfather offers a scathing, unexpurgated look at life on the edge in a modern urban jungle. Snoop's rise to the pinnacle of rap stardom is chronicled, along with his nearly career-ending arrest and trial for a murder he didn't commit.

Raised to the pinnacle, brought to the brink, Snoop Dogg eventually found sanity and salvation in his relationship with Shantay Taylor, his high school sweetheart. Married in 1997, the couple started a new life with their two young sons, even as Snoop's career reached new heights in his creative collaboration with Master P and No Limit Records.

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Booklist Review

Most people have heard of Snoop Doggy Dogg, but do they really know the rapper, born Cordazar Broadus, and his world? Does he know who killed Tupac Shakur, or who killed Notorious B. I. G., and why? Did Death Row records magnate, alleged thug, and Snoop's employer Suge Knight order rivals' assassinations? "I answer all those questions with one of my own: are you fucking crazy? You think even if I knew the story behind all that death and destruction, that I would go tell any fool who wanted his ear tickled with the latest gangsta gossip?" Well, of course not! But although Snoop eschews throwing actionable charges around, he does a fine job of revealing the inner gangsta in this urgent, remarkably well written (thanks to Seay, perhaps) autobiography, that of a street kid, told in street language and with great concern for what God has in mind for him. Indeed, Snoop even relays direct communications between himself and the deity. Snoop's description of life in the 'hood is appalling, but as he explains, he isn't glorifying the horrors of ghetto life, merely describing what it is like growing up amid urban decay. Hip-hop and gangsta rap are also much on his mind. The two musical forms have been embraced, he says, by "little white kids living in gated communities across this country [who] want to be down with the brothers in the 'hood. We represent something to them--a freedom their mama and daddy can't buy." This book, which traces a gangsta's progress with less sex and more compassion than one might expect, is absolutely vital for pop culture collections. But be careful: too much exposure to Snoop's ambience, and 40-ouncers and blunts might replace chablis and brie at one's social functions. --Mike Tribby

Publisher's Weekly Review

In this cross between a memoir and a manifesto, rapper Snoop Dogg (aka Calvin Broadus) saves discussions of his hip-hop career until the book's last quarter. For most of the book, he delivers candid thoughts and colorful anecdotes from his upbringing in Long Beach, Calif., to his time as a gangbanger, jailed drug dealer, musician and cultural lightning rod, all told in lucid prose that maintains the inflections of street talk. When Snoop does reach the part of his life with which his fans might be familiar, he has become so likable that readers will cheer for his professional success and acquittal on murder charges. Certainly Snoop has his unapologetic moments: he rants, "until you can give them [inner city youth] something better to belong to--and I'm not talking about midnight basketball or summer jobs or junior fucking achievers--they're going to be shooting at each other." But beneath this bluster is an introspection rare among the celebrity class. Snoop wonders, "What did it all [partying] have to do with making music?" He explains: "I wanted my life to be like one of those action movie previews we saw down at the multiplex--all the highlights singled out and strung together... but I don't have to tell you that most of those movies turn out to be a ripoff." Like the verses Snoop raps, his book comes fast and full of insight. 25 photos. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Like all cultural innovations, rap music was disdained when it first entered mainstream consciousness--not only because of its unorthodox sound but also due to its ghetto origins and its accessibility: anyone with a beat-up turntable and an imagination could alarm the establishment with funky beats. Now, 20 years later, rap maintains its vitality--even though it is used to sell everything from fast food to automobiles. This book, written by one of the genre's most influential artists, explores the factors that shaped the music. According to Snoop Dogg, rap speaks to a generation of underprivileged children, often raised in families without a stable father figure and in front of a TV that emphasized the difference between the glamour of Dallas and the harsh reality of the 'hood. Whether he's describing his drug and criminal activities, hanging with rap's baddest brothers, or his views on race, this book, like his music, keeps it real. Not for the faint of heart, this book still belongs in most big city libraries.--Dan Bogey, Clearfield Cty. P.L. Federation, Curwensville, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.