Rap legend Snoop Dogg has received his well-earned star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, according to ABC 7 Eyewitness News. The event, which took place on Monday and featured speeches from Jimmy Kimmel, Dr. Dre and Quincy Jones, marks the 2,651st addition to the star-studded sidewalk memorial. Snoop Dogg received Hollywood’s highest honor for his iconic music career, but he’s also made a name for himself as an actor in Hollywood. Check out this list of six of his unforgettable film performances.
1) Soul Plane
No list of Snoop Dogg movies could be trusted if it didn’t include one of the rapper’s most iconic roles as Captain Mack in 2004 comedy Soul Plane. The film was controversial when it came out, with many citing it as a regression in Black cinema. But while it made enemies of some audience members, the film became an instant cult classic. Part of that is due to the cast, which not only includes Snoop Dogg, but comedians like D.L. Hughley, Godfrey, Sommore, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart, Loni Love, Snoop Dogg’s fellow rapper Method Man, and Sofia Vergara in one of her first mainstream roles.
2) Meet the Blacks
2016’s Meet the Blacks is another film that stars Snoop Dogg and a cornucopia of famous comedians including Gary Owen, Lil Duval, Paul Mooney, Lavell Crawford, George Lopez, Michael Blackson and Charlie Murphy in his last film role before his death in 2017. The film is a parody of the popular The Purge franchise, starring Mike Epps as someone who moves himself and his family to Los Angeles right around the time of the country’s annual purge. All crime is legal for 12 hours and somehow the family must survive the night.
While the horror elements of Meet the Blacks is supposed to be what makes the audience jump, the most startling part of the film is Snoop Dogg’s character Todd. Almost like a proto Teddy Perkins, Todd is a strange whiteface version of Snoop Dogg, complete with blond wig and facial hair. The rapper debuted Todd in 2014 before Meet the Blacks came out, leaving everyone perplexed.
3) Pitch Perfect 2
Snoop Dogg plays himself in the 2015 musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2. Snoop Dogg is one of many cameos in the film, including Rosie Perez, Rosie O’Donnell, Morning Joe hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, T.J. Lang, Pharrell Williams, Robin Roberts and even President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama (thanks to archive footage). But being just himself isn’t the only thing Snoop Dogg adds to the film; he also performs with Anna Kendrick in their rendition of “Winter Wonderland/Here Comes Santa Claus.”
4) Starsky & Hutch
The biggest draw of 2004’s comedic take on ’70s cop show Starsky & Hutch wasn’t Ben Stiller or Owen Wilson, but Snoop Dogg playing the streetwise informant Huggy Bear. The film wasn’t highly rated by critics, but some felt that Snoop Dogg was the only good part of the film.
“The film belongs, completely and utterly to Snoop Dogg,” wrote Elvis Mitchell for The New York Times. “Picking up the mantle of the police informant Huggy Bear, Snoop Dogg wears audience rapport as if it were a new fragrance,” he wrote. “He plays the movie like a B side, and the stars have smarts enough to get out of his way. He’s the man; everyone else is just standing in his shadow.”
5) Training Day
Snoop Dogg is one of two rappers to feature in the 2001 Antoine Fuqua police thriller starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. Snoop Dogg shows his acting range as Blue, a handicapped crack dealer who tries to evade detectives Alonzo (Washington) and Jake (Hawke), but Alonzo, being streetwise himself, gets the jump on Blue. Watching Snoop Dogg in the film makes you wish Hollywood would actually give him a chance to star in some harder roles, since his stint as Blue shows he can actually handle more complex material.
6) The Wash
Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg both headlined in the 2001 comedy The Wash. The comedy stars the two rappers as best friends Sean (Dr. Dre) and Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg) who go work at a car wash to have some flowing cash. What was supposed to be a basic job becomes an action adventure when the car wash’s owner Mr. Washington (George Wallace) is kidnapped. Along with Wallace, The Wash also starred comedians Pauly Shore, Bruce Bruce and Tommy Chong, rapper Xzibit and Ludacris, and one of the most ubiquitous pop culture figures of the early ’00s, Bishop Don Magic Juan.