Snoop Dogg Passes Out Turkeys at VIP Records in Long Beach
Hip hop icon Snoop Dogg returned to his hometown of Long Beach Wednesday to pass out Thanksgiving turkeys to a long line of people who gathered outside the famed VIP Records.
“We just want to give back and make sure that everybody has something to eat for Thanksgiving, so we’re passing out turkeys. We’re showing love, giving away CDs and DVDs and just, you know, representing what we come from,” Snoop Dogg said to reporters inside the record store. “We’re from Long Beach, and we just want to make sure the people in Long Beach know that we love and appreciate them for standing by me and this movement that we’re on right now. The movement is about peace, love and making great music,” he said.
Specifically, Snoop’s LBC Movement describes its mission as uniting Long Beach artists and the city as a whole. In October, the gossip site TMZ posted video of Snoop Dogg promoting LBC Movement’s “Beach City” mixtape in the city. The video caught attention after the artist, who cultivated a hardcore persona while rising to fame in the early 1990s, passed out CDs to Long Beach police officers and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies who were on scene at the time.
Unlike his early days when he was one of the pioneering gangster rappers, Snoop Dogg now presents himself in a more philanthropic light. At various times Wednesday, he embraced, chatted up and took selfies with visitors as they picked up turkeys outside the record store.
Selina Miller and Duvaughn Williams, both 19-year-old Long Beach residents, were among those who received a turkey from Snoop Dogg.
“I appreciate him for doing this, man,” Williams said.