OK – let's say that you're a high-profile rapper with a new album out, and you seem to keep getting arrested all the time. Chances are you'd probably clear all the marijuana, guns and cocaine out from your car to stop it happening again, right?
Try telling that to Snoop Dogg, who appears to be gunning for a place in the Guinness Book Of Records under the category Most Arrests For All Sorts Of Dumb Shit In An Unbelievably Small Period Of Time. That's right – even though Snoop Dogg has been arrested approximately a gazillion times over the last few weeks for all sorts of weapons and drug offences, he's at it again. Last night Snoop Dogg was arrested yet again when police found a gun, some marijuana and some cocaine in his car outside a TV studio. Don't write Snoop Dogg off yet, though – there's still a whole month left of 2006, and that's plenty of time for him to get arrested another 732 times – 733 if he lets down the tyres of a police car on the way out of the police station – before the year is out.
Time was that Snoop Dogg was mostly known for his laconic style of rapping, his songs about gin and/or juice and his unnerving ability to star as himself in mediocre Ben Stiller films. But that's all changed, though – now Snoop Dogg is known as the rapper who can't go ten seconds without getting into some sort of trouble.
When Snoop Dogg was last in Britain he ended up throwing a wobbly so almighty in Heathrow airport that seven officers ended up injured, bottles of alcohol were smashed and Snoop Dogg was banned from both British Airways and all of Britain forever. Snoop only received a caution for this, which clearly didn't suit him as later in the year Snoop Dogg tried to get onboard an aeroplane with a 21-inch collapsible police baton in his hand luggage at a time when everybody else was having trouble sneaking contact lens fluid onboard. Eventually the DA's office decided to charge Snoop Dogg for this, and the rapper quickly turned himself in.
And if getting busted for carrying a professional cosh onto a plane wasn't enough for Snoop Dogg to worry about, he was also arrested last month for being caught with a gun and some marijuana in his car – a situation that found itself being repeated yesterday evening as CNN reports:
Rap artist Snoop Dogg was arrested on weapons and narcotics charges Tuesday evening after being pulled over by Burbank police following a television performance. According to Sgt. Kevin Grandalski, the charges include possession of a gun, cocaine and marijuana, as well as having a false compartment in a vehicle. The weapons charge is a felony. Snoop Dogg — whose real name is Calvin Broadus — was arrested shortly after performing songs "That's that S……!" and "I Want to Love" on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."
There's been no word as yet from any of Snoop Dogg's people, but given their predisposition to flat-out deny all of Snoop's previous charges we'd imagine that an outright statement of admittance would be out of the question. Much more likely is the old excuse that Snoop Dogg is playing a game of I Went To The Shops with the police. First Snoop Dogg says "I went to the shops and I bought a gun and some marijuana and hid them in my car" and then he says "I went to the shops and I bought a gun, some marijuana and some cocaine and hid them in my car." Next week maybe "I went to the shops and I bought a gun, some marijuana, some cocaine and a shipment of knock-off inflatable sex dolls like in Only Fools And Horses and hid them in my car." And so on, until Snoop Dogg forgets the exact order of all the illegal stuff he keeps hiding in his car, at which point he'll be thrown in prison forever.