Snoop Dogg's 8 most controversial and bizarre moments
Snoop Dogg has hit the headlines again, this time for saying he doesn't regret being a misogynist when he was younger.
Emerging on the scene in the 1990s, his lyrics fit the rap mould of being offensive, sexist, degrading and misogynistic.
And, 30 million album sales later, he doesn't regret a thing. Speaking to Sky News, he said his early lyrics show just how evolved he has become of late.
“Definitely, my attitude has changed towards women,” he said.
“I am more sensitive and more vulnerable writing-wise and accepting a woman for being a beautiful person, as opposed to me saying she is a b***h or a w***e because that was how I was trained when I first started, so I have no regrets.”
Snoop said it was his growing relationship with his wife (childhood sweetheart Shante Broadus) and the women in his family who showed him the error of his ways.
“As I grew I fell in love with my wife and started to love my mother, my grandmother and my daughter. I understood what a woman was and I started to write about and express that.
“Once I figured out there was room to grow and learn and to be a better person, then I incorporated that in everything I was doing. I don't feel like you can be ashamed or mad about not knowing - if you don't know, you don't know.”
Snoop (43) has generated more than his fair share of controversies over the years. Here are six of the most bizarre moments in the rapper's life...
He attacked Iggy Azalea on Twitter
His aforementioned newfound respect for women must be VERY recent because in October last year Snoop drew the wrath of women the world over when he embarked on an offensive and cruel attack of 24-year-old Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea on Twitter.
Snoop sparked the row by posting an image of an albino woman with cornrows with the caption, "Iggy Azalea No Make Up".
The Fancy hitmaker hit back at the rapstar on Twitter, branding him an ass, and told him: "Every time I've ever spoken to you you've always been nice as hell, I'm disappointed you'd be such an ass for no reason."
This prompted him to respond with an outrageously offensive video in which he told Iggy: "Say b**ch, you're f**king with the wrong n***a and your n***a better check you before I do you funky b**ch. Yeah, you. F**king c**t."
However, Snoop later apologised, saying, "It's officially over. No more bad talk. I apologise. I apologise, I'm sorry. I won't do it again."
Iggy accepted his apology. Her boyfriend of the time, basketball player Nick Young, brushed Snoop's insults off as the rantings of a man going through a "midlife crisis".
He was a pimp
Snoop's debut album Doggystyle
In May 2013 he told Rolling Stone that he had been a pimp in the early days of his music career, and that it was the realisation of a childhood dream.
"As a kid I dreamed of being a pimp, I dreamed of having cars and clothes and bitches to match. I said, 'F**k it - I'm finna do it.'" he told the magazine.
"I put an organization together," he said. "I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten bitches on it. I could fire a bitch, f**k a bitch, get a new ho: It was my program. City to city, titty to titty, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer."
He was acquitted of murder
Snoop was driving when his bodyguard shot a man from the car and they were both on trial for murder when Snoop first came to the UK in 1994. They were both acquitted but it didn't stop The Daily Star splashing with the story and a headline declaring, "Kick this evil bastard out!"
Speaking to the Sunday Independent during an interview in London recently, Snoop addressed the issue:
"When they tried to kick me out of England, the queen made a comment that her grandbabies loved Snoop Doggy Dogg, and he had done no wrong in the UK, so she gave me permission to be here," he said.
"Those grandbabies grew up to be Prince William and Harry, so I had influence on them, and they had influence on their grandmother, which enabled me to get into this beautiful country. They love my music, and it is what it is. There's a mutual love and respect."
He invited a farmer to his show to share horticultural tips
When he toured the UK last, Snoop posted a video on YouTube praising a retired Welsh farmer called Ian Neale for growing the world's largest swede. He invited him to come backstage and share his secret. Ian did. Snoop later revealed he wanted tips to "grow the biggest motherf***ing weed plant in the world".
He's in the running to be an X Factor judge
Snoop proving he's good on TV at Justin Bieber's Comedy Central roast
Amidst all the upheaval at X Factor with Dermot O'Leary, Mel B, Louis Walsh, and Sarah Jane Crawford leaving there is the rumour, generated by Snoop himself, that he is in the running to sit on the judging panel.
Speaking to the Sun recently the rapper said, “Never rule out me being a judge, I have had more than one discussion with Simon.”
An Irish judge labelled him a "misogynistic wretch"
(Probably a judgement based on the assessment of lyrics like this: “Bitches ain’t sh*t but hoes and tricks / Lick on these nuts and suck the d*ck.”)
In January this year, district judge Barney McElholm described Snoop Dogg as a "misogynistic wretch" during the Magistrate's Court in the case of Simone Campbell (18) from Edenmore Street in Derry.
The rapper played a concert in Derry last year and Campbell pleaded guilty to three public order offences, including punching a police officer on the right ear and resisting arrest, after she had attended Snoop's concert.
Imposing a twelve month probation on Campbell, Mr. McElholm said "why any woman would want to go to a concert to listen to this misogynist wretch escapes me.
"Why he was allowed into the country in the first place, well that is another matter. Despite the bad behaviour espoused by his lyrics, there was no excuse for this".
The Foyle Women's Aid organisation had also called for the concert to be cancelled, with the spokesperson saying, "His lyrics are demeaning and they objectify women and he has a history with drugs".
He's been banned from several countries - and a high school
Among the countries who have banned the rapper are the UK, Norway, and Australia. In 2013 Snoop and Wiz Khalifa were banned from a high school in California where they were shooting a promo because they were smoking weed.