In an interview with DJ Whoo Kid, Snoop Dogg spoke this week about the time he was almost deported from the UK before the Queen stepped in to help.
The incident allegedly happened in 1993 as the rapper was going through a court case for second-degree murder charges. Snoop recounted the front cover of a UK newspaper published in 1994, shortly after he set out on tour, reading: “kick this evil bastard out”.
“It’s a headline, that shit is documented,” he said. “They had a picture of me on the front…they was like, ‘kick this evil bastard out’. This was while I was fighting a murder case over there [in the UK] doing shows.”
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The rapper spoke in reference to charges he faced after a man was shot and killed in Los Angeles. Snoop and his bodyguard were subsequently arrested, although the case was later thrown out in 1996.
“But guess who came to my defence? Just take a guess,” he asked DJ Whoo Kid. “The Queen. The Queen said, ‘this man has done nothing in our country. He can come’,” he joked.
“The Queen…bow down…When the Queen speak, bow down. That’s Harry and William’s grandmother, you dig? You think they weren’t there, saying, ‘Grandma, please let him in, grandma. He’s OK. We love his music’.”
“‘You know Harry, I’ll let him in for you. He’s not so bad after all and he’s quite cute’,” Snoop quipped, adding: “The Queen, that’s my gal.”
In 2015, the rapper briefly told the same story in an interview with The Guardian, joking: “the Queen made a comment that her grandbabies loved Snoop Doggy Dogg and he had done no wrong in the UK.”
Watch the full interview with DJ Whoo Kid below.
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