It’s about time Snoop Dogg invested into the marijuana industry.
The Hip Hop icon attended Tech Crunch Disrupt to discuss his new media platform “MerryJane.com” which will serve for everything cannabis related.
“We’re providing the industry with something that’s void right now. We are the information hotline for cannabis. We are what’s missing”, Snoop said.
The site was co-found by Ted Chung and will collaborate with celebrities like Miley Cyrus and Seth Rogen. Chung said:
There are few companies out there that have attempted to enter into the marketplace. Their download apps total and page views total are really numbers that we’re going to crush within the first six months. I think the interest level and the demand is there.
The interest level and demand is definitely there because you will definitely find merryjane.com in my browser’s history.
Merry Jane will go live next month and stay tuned for the first original web series Deflowered.
The Welcome to Death Row movie is currently being shopped around, and is seriously being considered to be the sequel to F. Gary Gray’s masterpiece, after the box office success of Straight Outta Compton. According to the Hollywood Reporter:
In the wake of Straight Outta Compton‘s box-office success, APA is shopping Welcome to Death Row, which features many of the same figures from the Universal hit.
The agency has put together a package based on a book and documentary of the same name by S. Leigh Savidge, who received a story and co-executive producer credit on Compton.
While Compton chronicles the rise and breakup of seminal gangsta rap group N.W.A — a span that covers nearly a decade from the late 1980s to 1996 — and features the group’s members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E as the film’s three main protagonists, Welcome to Death Row involves the years after N.W.A formed, one of the most explosive and controversial periods in music history. It’s an era when artists like Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur forged mega-solo careers and Death Row Records‘ Suge Knight reigned as the most powerful and feared hip-hop executive in the business.
Unseen footage has recently surfaced of Suge Knight, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and many other Death Row Records artists actively participating in the Brotherhood Crusade Rally on August 15th, 1996.
Suge introduced Tupac and Snoop as the spokespersons of Death Row Records. He said:
One thing I’d like to say, if it weren’t for the community it would be no Death Row Records. And more important than all that, if it weren’t for Snoop, Daz, Hammer, Tupac…it would be no me. So, I’m not here to try to get the limelight or be famous, nothing like that. I think my spokesperson for Death Row always will be—The guy who acts, raps. The other guy who raps and now he’s a model. I’d like to bring Tupac and Snoop up.
Tupac went on comparing the numbers of record sales to voters. Pac said:
My record sales, we got six million. Snoop got four million. Dogg Pound got three million. And we keep going. That means we represent that many votes. If we can represent that many votes, we gotta let these politicians be scared of us. That means anytime we drop something y’all gotta pick it up. Every time y’all call for us, we gon’ come.
Snoop said a few words following Pac’s speech while holding a voting registration form. He spoke about how community’s a represented by voting:
It’s our voice that means something. It’s all on us. If we don’t speak ain’t nobody gonna speak for us. They gon’ speak against, so we got to speak up. As a rapper. As a brother from the community. Somebody who is intact with what y’all feel and with what y’all go through. I’m one of the main voices saying that I’m with getting out here, voting. And getting y’all to get out there and vote. And be about what you about cause y’all community is you.
The Brotherhood Crusades Rally was one of the last moments of Pac’s life. He was shot dead a month later. The crowd’s feedback to the rappers and their words is more proof of how influential Hip Hop is, and how this influence can be used positively.
Check out the rare footage in its entirety above. The Death Row Records representatives begin speaking at the 8:00 minute marker.
Who wouldn’t want to franchise off Straight Outta Compton considering the biopic’s respectable fluctuation in the box office.
TMZ reports that Daz, a member of former music group Dogg Pound, told them that there is a movie in the works that will pick up where N.W.A left off, following the careers of Nate Dogg, Snoop Dogg, Daz himself, and Warren G or formally known as Dogg Pound. The movie is titled Dogg Pound For Life.
Daz also told TMZ that the influence of gang-violence on the rap industry would not be simmered down like it was in Straight Outta Compton.
As for casting, Dr. Dre’s son is allegedly supposed to take on his role. There’s no say on who will play Snoop or Ice Cube but it will not be the same actors from Straight Outta Compton. It won’t even be the same producers but according to the source, Ice Cube approves of the sequel.
Oh yeah, and how could we forget our pal Suge Knight, who indeed was a huge influence in West Coast music around this time. Of course he’ll be included in the movie, however, the producers will not be working with him.
The influence of N.W.A can be traced all the way to present day and can be seen on this info graph. So if the “sequel” does happen, can we expect a sequel following the careers of all these rappers? Or if it doesn’t happen, we can just act like we never spoke about this.
Check out Snoop Dogg during his recent Whoolywood Shuffle interview with DJ Whoo Kid as he expands on his relationship with Suge Knight
Recently Suge Knight has been facing serious criticism after his recent court appearances and open cases have flooded the news but Snoop Dogg empathizes with his comrade that he recently made amends with prior to all the drama. When asked if he feels sorry for Suge by DJ Whoo Kid during a Whoolywood Shuffle, Snoop responds by saying…
I do, and that’s why I feel sorry for him, because I made up with him and me and him we got on a great page before this nonsense started happening cause I played the role of being the big man…I never hated him and he never really hated me. How could you hate me when I made you $100 million and how can I hate you when you helped me build a team to beat my murder case? That’s why I’ve always had an open heart for him.”
Watch the above footage as Snoop speaks on Knight, his newly released Bush album and how Nipsey turned down the role portraying Snoop in the upcoming N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, because he wanted to avoid being in his shadows.
Snoop Dogg‘s new, Pharrell-produced album, Bush, is in stores now, and if you’ve yet to indulge in what’ll more than likely go down as a Top 5 summer release, you’re missing out. The introductory track, “California Roll,” an invitation to indulge in a Los Angeles summer doubling as an ode to its extremely popular choice of botany, now has a brand new video, and after teasing it yesterday, the potent trio brings everyone to the theater.
Watch the video, which also features Nia Long, above.
N.Y. Code + Design Academy Will Work With Celebrities And The Hip-Hop Community
To Bridge The Digital Divide To Empower Those In Poor Communities
With The Skills To Succeed In A New Global Economy
It’s hard to imagine living a normal life today without computers, the internet and smart phones, but the fact remains there are those who have little or no access to these technologies which are the “Holy Grail” of the 21st century. Although access is slowly increasing, computers in libraries and schools are not enough to arm our children with the tools for success. Studies show that students with access to computers and the Internet at home have higher self-esteem and a much better chance of achieving their academic and business goals. With access to computers they can connect with valuable resources and expand their critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills. All of which are necessary to compete in an emerging digital job market. In some schools where technology investments has come to a crawl, teachers have to find innovative ways to integrate technology into the classroom just to give their students a fighting chance.
As we prepare young citizens to be competitive in a new global economy it is important that we provide them with the best resources and it all starts with Bridging the Digital Divide. Right now there are millions of jobs in manufacturing and technology waiting to be fulfilled, but America’s workforce lacks the skills and training to secure employment. When you enter the job market its not enough to know PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Excel and other basic software applications, you have to know how to code and design because that’s the new money for those looking to become financially independent without an advanced degree from college.
There are a few celebrities that understand the power of digital technology, computer literacy, the internet, coding and website desiging, but we have found a few and here is what they had to say: “Support tha American dream n make coding available to EVERYONE!!,” Snoop Dogg.
Rap Star Will.i.am says “Here we are, 2013, we ALL depend on technology to communicate, to bank, and none of us know how to read and write code. It’s important for these kids, right now, starting at 8 years old, to read and write code.”
“Coding is very important when you think about the future, where everything is going. With more phones and tablets and computers being made, and more people having access to every thing and information being shared, I think it’s very important to be able to learn the language of coding and programming.” Ended Chris Bosh, star of the Miami Heat.
The “Skills Gap” is real because new divices are being introduced to the public every day. So if you are tying to be competive in a new global economy you have to upgrade your skills so you can pay the bills. Recently we caught up Jeremy Snepar, who caught our eye because of a commitment he made to the Hip-Hop Summit YouthCouncil t
o use his company, skills and resources to Bridge the Digital Divide for those living in poor and disadvantaged communities. It’s not that often that we meet a company in this space that is ready to go the extra mile to arm the less fortunate, at-risk citizens and those under criminal justice supervision with a real opportunity to succeed in a new global economy.
Q–Where did you grow up and now reside?
A–I was born in Philly, raised in central Jersey and have lived in New York City for the last 14 years.
Q–Tell me about your school history and/or training in Digital Technology?
A–I studied economics at Cornell University. I was introduced to digital technology as an investment banker at MESA. We represented early stage startups that were either technology companies or technology-enabled companies. All our clients wanted to hire developers but couldn’t find any. So we started the New York Code + Design Academy to fill that gap.
Q–How did you and your partner meet?
A–My partner, Zach Feldman, was one of our first instructors.
Q–When and how did the New York Codding & Design Academy get started?
A–The New York Code + Design Academy launched its first class in September 2012. We had several students interested in learning so we found a classroom at a film school in SoHo and began teaching!
Q–Tell us about the Academy’s mission, goals and what you offer?
A–The Academy’s mission is to use hands-on, skills based classes to train a 21st century workforce. With software touching everything we do, it’s important to understand the languages that power the digital economy. We offer full time and part time programming courses for students of all ages and skill levels.
Q–How many sites do you have and what do they offer that is unique?
A–The New York Code + Design Academy currently teaches in New York City and Philadelphia. We are launching classes in Westchester, the Hamptons and Prague in the summer of 2015.
Q–What gives your school the cutting edge over the competition?
A–We are committed to the student experience and have the smallest class sizes and highest instructor hours per course of any of the coding schools.
Q–Let’s talk about what happens when students graduate?
A–Students from our full time Web Development Intensive are looking to land their first web developer role upon graduating from the program. The course is 12 weeks long, but we include an extra week – a Career Skills Week – where students participate in resume reviews, mock interviews and other job search preparation. The Career Skills Week culminates in our Employer Meet + Greet where companies looking to hire developers come to meet with our grads.
Q–What’s coming up in the future?
A–We expect to add more courses, open new locations and continue to encourage more people to learn to code.
Q–What are your plans to “Bridge the Digital Divide” and help those living in poor and disadvantaged communities?
A–Education is key to helping the poor and disadvantaged, however, a degree isn’t necessarily the answer. Companies like to hire employees with tangible skills and that’s what we teach. We are very proud of our diverse student body here at the New York Code + Design Academy and our ability to help those students – even those without college degrees – find awesome jobs as web developers.
Q–What words of wisdom do you have for young citizens looking to build a career in this digital space?
A–Learning to code is hard, but if you’re willing to commit yourself and can handle a little frustration during the learning process, anyone can learn to be a programmer.
Q–What artists and executives inspired you to take your dream to the next level?
A–I’ve always been inspired by entrepreneurs who are relentless in their pursuit of their dreams despite significant challenges. I like to read about people like Steve Jobs, Ben Franklin, Jay-Z and Richard Branson.
Q–What are your goals in business and your personal life?
A–Professionally, my team and I are laser focused on building the New York Code + Design Academy into an education engine that will help train our 21st century workforce. Personally, I look forward to marrying my fiancée Nicole Alicino in February 2016.
Q–So we understand you will be working with the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council on two very important initiatives; the “Hip-Hop Against Gun & Gang Violence” project and the “End Black on Black Crime Project (EBBCP).” Why are both of these undertakings important to you?
A–There is so much talented youth wasting their energy on violence and crime. If we can engage them and teach them a skill that will help them refocus their energy in a positive direction, we can affect a lot of change and give them tools to build better lives for their families and themselves. As a nation, it is important to find and nurture talent in new and interesting places. The Hip Hop community is stocked with talent; we need to harness it better.
Q–How can anyone get in touch with you?
A–We have an open door policy at the New York Code + Design Academy. Call the office or send us an email. Contact information can be found at www.nycda.com.
For more information on how we will be bridging the Digital Divide with the NYCDA hit us up at: RandyKFisher@gmail.com.
Posted by Charles Fisher and Randy Fisher (Twitter / Facebook / Instagram @HHSYC).
If Snoop Dogg can get into Game of Thrones, then its got to be a good show.
While promoting his album BUSH, the New York Post asked Snoop about his involvement in the Game of Thrones mixtape and expressed how stoked he was because he loves the show. Snoop told the post:
When they asked me to do the track, I was more than honored because I’m truly a fan of the show. I would have done it for free, but they gave me some money on top of it, so I was like, F*** it, let’s do it! I watch it for historic reasons, to try to understand what this world was based on before I got here. I like to know how we got from there, to here, and the similarities between then and now
That’s a good enough reason to get into the show if you ask me. If Snoop’s behind it, then it might be worth the shot.
Snoop Dogg has finally unveiled the tracklisting for his 13th fill-length album, Bush, which is executive produced by Pharrell Williams.
The 10-track project will feature Charlie Wilson, T.I., Gwen Stefani, Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross. If the rest of the album is anything like the singles that have been released, you can expect an uptempo, funkadelic relic of the present that’s more finesse than force. Take a peek at the tracklist below, and let us know the song you’re anticipating the most.
Bush in stores May 12.
1. “California Roll” feat. Stevie Wonder
2. “This City”
3. “R U a Freak”
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. “I’m Ya Dogg” feat. Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross