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Five (Doggy) Style Lessons From Snoop Dogg

March 2018Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher

Snoop Dogg at Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, 1998. Photograph by Mr Gie Knaeps/Getty Images

Can it really be 26 years since Californian rapper Snoop Dogg first broke into the world of hip-hop? His debut was on “Deep Cover”, the first ever solo track by Dr Dre (then known for his producer role in N.W.A, the pioneering gangsta rap group from Compton in Los Angeles). The song was taken from a soundtrack to a little-remembered film of the same name. At the end of 1992, Dr Dre released his debut solo album, The Chronic, which features Snoop Dogg on 11 of the 16 songs, and the album sold almost six million copies in the US. A year later, Snoop “Doggy” Dogg released his own debut album, Doggystyle. On the strength of tunes like “Gin And Juice” and “What’s My Name?”, the album sold more than 10 million copies and Snoop has been a star ever since. With a new album on the way later this month, the gospel-inspired Bible Of Love, MR PORTER is today taking a moment to appreciate a different kind of doggy style. Here are five lessons in fashion from the inimitable rapper.

STICK TO THE CLASSICS

Snoop backstage of the TV show The Word, 1994. Photograph by Mr Steve Fenton/REX/Shutterstock