If we were Snoop Dogg, we'd be seriously considering only travelling the world by car, hot air balloon and llama, because he sure as hell hasn't got the hang of airports yet – Snoop Dogg has got himself arrested at an airport again.
And you'll never guess why Snoop Dogg was arrested yesterday at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California; it's because police apparently found a gun and a load of marijuana in his possession. We know! How surprised are we that Snoop Dogg – the performer of songs like Downtown Assassins and Chronic Break – would ever a) own a firearm or b) know what marijuana looked like? You'll be telling us that Snoop Dogg has taken to refreshing himself with gin-based juice drinks next!
Having seen literally three hip-hop videos in our white British lives, we know that a rapper's natural territory is sitting in the back of a giant topless car drinking champagne and slowly nodding their heads while being surrounded by women in bikinis who can do that thing where they wobble their bum about really fast. A rapper's natural territory is not an airport. For a start, having to keep taking off all that bling and then putting it back on to get through all the metal detectors must be a pain in the arse, and also we've seen Snakes On A Plane – we know what sort of calamities await rappers once they've actually boarded an aircraft.
Look at DMX – in the outside world he's a shouting man who claims he can smell pussy a lot. Put him in the vicinity of an airport, though and DMX starts doing dumb stuff like crashing his car and then saying he only did it because he's in the FBI and getting arrested because he doesn't want to do his seatbelt up. But DMX has got nothing on Snoop Dogg, who's the worldwide king of making a twat out of himself in airports.
In April, Snoop Dogg and his gang were arrested at Heathrow because – after not being allowed into the British Airways First Class lounge – a fight broke out which ended with looted booze and cigarettes, smashed bottles of alcohol and seven injured policemen. Snoop Dogg only received a caution for the rumpus, although he has been banned from British Airways, and all of Britain, forever because of it. And then just this week it was revealed that police were deciding whether or not to press charges on Snoop Dogg for trying to get on a plane with a 21-inch police baton. And now it's being reported that Snoop Dogg has been arrested in an airport again, as The Times reports:
The world-famous rapper, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, was arrested yesterday afternoon at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, after police approached him for breaching traffic restrictions by parking in a loading zone. The officers then searched the vehicle where they allegedly found a gun and marijuana. Snoop Dogg was arrested and taken to Burbank Police Department Jail. He was later released on bail of $35,000 and is due to appear in court on December 12.
It's worth pointing out that associates of Snoop Dogg say that he's innocent of these charges, including his attorney Donald Etra, who said in a statement:
"There was no basis for this arrest. We believe that once this is cleared up, all charges will be dismissed."
Let's hope so, because if all these airports start banning Snoop Dogg from travelling through them thanks to all this legal trouble he keeps getting in, Snoop Dogg's going to spend the rest of his life shuttling backwards and forwards sell-out shows in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and anyone waiting outside Tshabong airport in Botswana.
[story by Stuart Heritage]