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Snoop Dogg

As the embodiment of '90s gangsta rap, Snoop Dogg blurred the lines between reality and fiction. Introduced to the world through Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop quickly became the most famous star in rap, partially because of his drawled, laconic rhyming and partially because the violence that his lyrics implied seemed real, especially after he was arrested on charges of being a murder accomplice. The arrest certainly strengthened his myth, and it helped his debut album, 1993's Doggystyle, become the first debut album to enter the charts at number one, but in the long run, it hurt his career. Snoop had to fight charges throughout 1994 and 1995, and while he was eventually cleared, it hurt his momentum. The Doggfather, his second album, wasn't released until November 1996, and by that time, pop and hip-hop had burned itself out on gangsta rap. The Doggfather sold half as well as its predecessor, which meant that Snoop remained a star, but he no longer had the influence he had just two years before.

Nicknamed Snoop by his mother because of his appearance, Calvin Broadus (born October 20, 1972) was raised in Long Beach, California, where he frequently ran into trouble with the law. Not long after his high school graduation, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, beginning a period of three years when he was often imprisoned. He found escape from a life of crime through music. Snoop began recording homemade tapes with his friend Warren G, who happened to be the stepbrother of N.W.A.'s Dr. Dre. Warren G gave a tape to Dre, who was considerably impressed with Snoop's style and began collaborating with the rapper.

When Dre decided to make his tentative first stab at a solo career in 1992 with the theme song for the film Deep Cover, he had Snoop rap with him. "Deep Cover" started a buzz about Snoop that escalated into full-fledged mania when Dre released his own debut album, The Chronic, on Death Row Records late in 1992. Snoop rapped on The Chronic as much as Dre, and his drawled vocals were as important to the record's success as its P-Funk bass grooves. Dre's singles "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" and "Dre Day," which prominently featured Snoop, became Top Ten pop crossover hits in the spring of 1993, setting the stage for Snoop's much-anticipated debut album, Doggystyle. While he was recording the album with Dre in August, Snoop was arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting death of Phillip Woldermarian. According to the charges, the rapper's bodyguard, McKinley Lee, shot Woldermarian as Snoop drove the vehicle; the rapper claimed it was self-defense, alleging that the victim was stalking Snoop. Following a performance at the MTV Music Awards in September 1993, he turned himself over to authorities.

After many delays, Doggystyle was finally released on Death Row in November of 1993, and it became the first debut album to enter the charts at number one. Despite reviews that claimed the album was a carbon copy of The Chronic, the Top Ten singles "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice" kept Doggystyle at the top of the charts during early 1994, as did the considerable controversy over Snoop's arrest and his lyrics, which were accused of being exceedingly violent and sexist. During an English tour in the spring of 1994, tabloids and a Tory minister pleaded for the government to kick the rapper out of the country, largely based on his arrest. Snoop exploited his impending trial by shooting a short film based on the Doggystyle song "Murder Was the Case" and releasing an accompanying soundtrack, which debuted at number one in 1994. By that time, Doggystyle had gone quadruple platinum.

Snoop spent much of 1995 preparing for the case, which finally went to trial in late 1995. In February of 1996, he was cleared of all charges and began working on his second album, this time without Dre as producer. Nevertheless, when The Doggfather was finally released in November 1996, it bore all the evidence of a Dre-produced G-funk record. The album was greeted with mixed reviews, and it initially sold well, but it failed to produce a hit along the lines of "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice." Part of the reason for the moderate success of The Doggfather was the decline of gangsta rap. 2Pac, who had become a friend of Snoop's during 1996, died weeks before the release of The Doggfather, and Dre had left Death Row to his partner Suge Knight, who was indicted on racketeering charges by the end of 1996. Consequently, Snoop's second album got lost in the shuffle, stalling at sales of two million, which was disappointing for a superstar.

Perhaps sensing something was wrong, Snoop began to revamp his public image, moving away from his gangsta roots toward a calmer lyrical aesthetic. He also began making gestures toward the rock community, signing up to tour with Lollapalooza 1997 and talking about two separate collaborations with Beck and Marilyn Manson. The solo Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told, Snoop's first effort for No Limit, followed in 1998; No Limit Top Dogg appeared a year later and Dead Man Walkin' the year after that. Tha Last Meal followed in December of that same year. The heavy release schedule resulted in varying musical quality from album to album, but by the turn of the century, Snoop had become such a cultural phenomenon that his albums almost became secondary to the personality behind them. An autobiography appeared in 2001, followed by a stream of movie roles in several high-profile pictures. Late in 2002, Snoop released his first album for Capitol, Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$. He then switched to Geffen for 2004's R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The hit album was followed a year later by Welcome to tha Chuuch: Da Album, a collection of tracks from the Welcome to the Chuuch mixtape series. That same year he hosted a West Coast peace summit in hopes of squashing all beefs.

In 2006, he appeared on Tha Dogg Pound's Cali Iz Active and Ice Cube's Laugh Now, Cry Later. Toward the end of the year the intentionally leaked "My Peoples" freestyle appeared. The track paid tribute to many involved in Cali's Latin rap community, so it was no big surprise when "Vato" with Cypress Hill's B Real became his next album's leadoff single. The hard and very G-funk Tha Blue Carpet Treatment triumphantly capped off a year of heavy West Coast activity. In late 2007, he recruited two hip-hop veterans -- new jack swing legend Teddy Riley and West Coast hero DJ Quik -- and formed the production team QDT Muzic. The team oversaw Snoop's 2008 album, Ego Trippin', which included the single "Sensual Seduction." In 2009, he issued Malice N Wonderland, the maiden release of a new alliance with the reactivated Priority label, which also signed him on as its creative chairman. He promoted the album a couple months prior to its street date when he hosted the live wrestling television broadcast WWE Raw. A year later the CD/DVD set More Malice rounded up some odds and ends from the album and packaged them with a DVD featuring the Malice N Wonderland short film. In 2011, he released Doggumentary, an album he considered the sequel to his classic debut. The album featured production from the likes of Swizz Beats, DJ Khalil, and Scott Storch, while guest artists included Kanye West, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, and Willie Nelson. Also arriving that same year was a feature film with Khalifa, Mac and Devin Go to High School, along with its accompanying soundtrack. After a 2012 trip to Jamaica, Snoop Dogg returned as Snoop Lion, and with the help of producer Diplo, he released his first all-reggae album, Reincarnated, on RCA in 2013. Another name change came later in the year when he became Snoopzilla and joined modern funkster Dâm-Funk for the project/album 7 Days of Funk. A return to Snoop Dogg came in 2015 when he partnered with Pharrell Williams for the hip-hop effort Bush. The album was introduced by the single "Peaches N Cream" and featured guest appearances from Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, and Charlie Wilson. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: BUSH

1. California Roll (Feat. Stevie Wonder)

2. This City

3. R U A Freak

4. Awake

5. So Many Pros

6. Peaches N Cream (Feat. Charlie Wilson)

7. Edibles (Feat. T.I.)

8. I Knew That

9. Run Away (Feat. Gwen Stefani)

10. Im Ya Dogg (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Rick Ross)

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Track List: More Malice (Explicit)

Disc 1

1. I Wanna Rock (The Kings G-Mix)

2. Protocol

3. So Gangsta

4. House Shoes

5. That Tree

6. You're Gonna Luv Me

7. Pronto (G-Mix)

8. Gangsta Luv

Disc 2
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Track List: Death Row - The Lost Sessions Vol.1 (Explicit)

1. Soldier Story (Intro)

2. Doggystyle

3. Fallin' Asleep On Death Row

4. Eat A Dick

5. Hoez

6. Keep It Real Dogg

7. O.G. (Original Version)

8. One Life To Live

9. The Genie

10. Funk With Ya Brain (Interlude)

11. Caught Up

12. Put It In Ya Mouth

13. Gravy Train

14. Life's Hard (Dedicated To 2pac)

15. The Root Of All Evil (Outro)

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Track List: Malice N Wonderland (Explicit)

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Track List: Ego Trippin' (Explicit)

1. A Word Witchya! (Intro)

2. Press Play

3. SD Is Out

4. Gangsta Like Me

5. Neva Have 2 Worry

6. Sexual Eruption

9. Cool

10. Sets Up

11. Deez Hollywood Nights

12. Whateva U Do

13. Staxxx In My Jeans

14. Been Around Tha World

15. Let It Out

16. My Medicine

17. Ridin' In My Chevy

18. Those Gurlz

20. Why Did You Leave Me

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Track List: The Best Of Snoop Dogg (Explicit)

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Track List: R & G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (Explicit)

1. (Intro) I Love To Give You Light

2. Bang Out

3. Drop It Like It's Hot

4. Can I Get A Flicc Witchu

5. Ups & Downs

6. The Bidness

7. Snoop D.O. Double G

8. Let's Get Blown

9. Step Yo Game Up

10. Perfect

11. Wballz (Interlude)

12. Fresh Pair Of Panties on

13. Promise I

14. Oh No

16. Signs

17. I'm Threw Witchu

18. Pass It Pass It

19. Girl Like U

20. No Thang On Me

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Track List: Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$ (Explicit)

1. Don Doggy

2. Da Bo$$ Would Like To See You

3. Stoplight

4. From Tha Chuuuch To Da Palace

5. I Believe In You

6. Lollipop

7. Ballin'

8. Beautiful

9. Paper'd Up

10. Wasn't Your Fault

11. Bo$$ Playa

12. Hourglass

13. The One And Only

14. I Miss That B**ch

15. From Long Beach 2 Brick City

16. Suited N Booted

17. You Got What I Want

18. Batman And Robin

19. A Message 2 Fat Cuzz

20. Pimp Slapp'd

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Track List: No Limit Top Dogg (Explicit)

1. Dolomite Intro

4. My Heat Goes Boom

5. Dolomite

6. Snoopafella

7. In Love With A Thug

8. G Bedtime Stories

10. Betta Days

13. Doin' Too Much

16. Party With A D.P.G.

17. Buss'n Rocks

20. 20 Minutes

21. I Love My Momma

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Track List: Tha Doggfather

1. Intro

2. Doggfather

3. Ride 4 Me

4. Up Jump Tha Boogie

5. Freestyle Conversation

6. When I grow Up

7. Snoop Bounce

8. Gold Rush

9. (Tear 'em Off) Me and My Doggz

10. You Thought

11. Vapors

12. Groupie

13. 2001

14. Sixx Minutes

15. (O.J.) Wake Up

16. Snoop's Upside Your Head

17. Blueberry

18. Traffic Jam

19. Doggyland

20. Downtown Assassins

21. Outro

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Track List: Doggystyle (Explicit)

1. Bathtub

2. G Funk Intro

3. Gin & Juice

4. Tha Shiznit

5. Lodi Dodi

6. Murder Was The Case

7. Serial Killa

8. Who Am I (What's My Name)?

9. For All My N**gaz & B**ches

10. Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)

11. Doggy Dogg World

12. GZ And Hustlas

13. Pump Pump

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Track List: Back Up (Single) (Explicit)

1. Back Up

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Track List: Boom (Radio Single)

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Track List: California Roll (Single)

1. California Roll (Feat. Stevie Wonder)

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Track List: Check Yo Self (Snoop Dogg G-Mix) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Drop It Like It's Hot (Cd Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Gangsta Luv (Radio Single)

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Track List: I Wanna Rock (Radio Single)

1. I Wanna Rock

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Track List: I Wanna Rock (The Kings G-Mix) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Kush Ups (Single) (Explicit)

1. Kush Ups (Feat. Wiz Khalifa)

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Track List: Late Nights (Single) (Explicit)

1. Late Nights

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Track List: Let The Bass Go (Single)

1. Let The Bass Go

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Track List: Life Of Da Party (radio single) clean

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Track List: Neva Have 2 Worry (Radio Single)

1. Neva Have 2 Worry

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Track List: New Year's Eve (Radio Single)

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Track List: Peaches N Cream (Single)

1. Peaches N Cream (Feat. Charlie Wilson)

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Track List: Pronto (Radio Single)

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Track List: So Many Pros (Single)

5. So Many Pros

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Track List: Stoner's Anthem (Single)

1. Stoner's Anthem

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Track List: Sweat (Radio Edit) (Radio Single)

1. Sweat (Radio Edit)

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Track List: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (Explicit)

1. Intrology

2. Think About It

3. Crazy

4. Vato

5. That's That S**t

6. Candy (Drippin' Like Water)

7. Get A Light

9. Boss' Life

10. LAX

12. Round Here

14. Like This

15. Which One Of You

16. I Wanna F**k You

17. Psst!

18. Beat Up On Yo Pads

19. Don't Stop

20. Imagine

21. Conversations

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Track List: Wet (Radio Single)

1. Wet

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Track List: What's Your Pleasure (Single)

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That Dogg father always
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But now I am 41 years old, I just blaze the weed and take Xanax with oxy and soma. You can catch me doin' the Soma Shuffle, drooling on my shirt listening to old school shiznit.
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Snoops been down since the get go. I remember smoking joints laced with Crack Cocaine and watching Deep Cover. Selling Crack until everyone discovered Crystal (Meth).
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Snoop dogg your the best
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What up snoop Dogg this is your boy Dareon make a comment back boy
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Nah mane
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I ❤️ yw&f
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Snoop the shiddddd
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Reverbenatio n . c o m / s k n e m a j o r z
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Gay all he is
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Slaps for that a** um bringing it back u no$
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Snoop u did a awesome job on trailer park boys and your awesome
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This is the shizit my favorite
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Is PG made you notice me me and you have been Rockets nude men for men as you did then they all say me and my boy looking like so you know it is what it is all good baby keep rocking
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Pass the weed
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Let's go snoop dog
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Love your song's!!
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Thas rite bro drop it like it hard Snoop
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Drop like it hard snoop
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I LOVE YOU SO MUCH !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Snoop dogg the real deal.vote for Hillary Clinton...
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Hi
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Shut the hell up man bich
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Liar
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Don't read this. You'll be kissed by the love of your life on the nearest Friday since you already started reading this post this on 15 other songs in 143 mins or else you'll have bad luck when your done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters it's so creepy
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My Dogg since I was born man
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Castrojuanpi e c e o f s h i t should go eat a fat diccccx and then put a diccccxccc in his mouth to clarify his diccccxccc eating ways
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Castrojuan is dumb
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F**k this piece of s**t mother f**ker
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I LIKE YOU ON SANJAY AND CRAIG IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER THAN YOUR SONGS THAT I NEVER LISTEN TO LOL:) HEHE!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ,
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Dear God I wonder if you can save me
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Snoop Dog got rolled out from 21 st insane crips for being a b**ch look it up on you tube he's no longer a crip he ain't no G f**k snoop and f**k all you N**GERS. BROWN AND PROUD. X3
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If your bored, then your boring BYATCH ....especial l y if you have zero appreciation or never lived during the greatest era of hip hop that ever was or ever will be!
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Snoop is the men of rap
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Hi you are so cool and very nice
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You are so boring like Boring
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Your a whale muthapukin byson body.... No shape body looking like a cone.!!!! You are a snitch
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You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Don't stop this is freaky! But if you read and ignore it you will get bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 143 minutes. When you are done press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen. This is so creepy because it actually works!!!
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What he said
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Me $ hubby laying up enjoying G music and reminiscing
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I love this song. Congratulati o n s snoop dog.
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Who thinks snoooooopy dawg is a scrub and a total looooooooooo s e r lol scrub heck he thinks he can rap ..... He can't failure how does he kiss his mother with that mouth.... Oh want he can't ....she's dead ooooooooh u r a loooooooser lol
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Drop it likes it hot
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Smokin weed evEry day b**ch
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