50-year-old legendary rapper Snoop Dogg has promised he will party with Ange Postecoglou's Celtic FC if they become champions of the Scottish Premiership and pleaded: “Bhoys don’t let me down”.
The American rapper has been a Hoops fan since 2005 after he was given a top by a fan.
Celtic’s Old Firm clash with Rangers on April 3 could be decisive in the Premiership title race – and the rap legend wants to be celebrating with them in May.
Snoop said: “Glasgow is a crazy city and I don’t need an excuse to visit one of my favourite places in Europe – but to come over and party with the Champions of Scotland would be special fo Schizzle.
“So Bhoys, don’t let me down and Snoop is gonna see you in May.”
The Californian, who will be in Scotland in August playing Glasgow’s Ovo Hydro according to the Daily Record, said: “In Scotland, Celtic are my boys.
“This season they are back playing how we expect them to be and if they become Champions I will fly over to Glasgow to party with the players.
“The night in Glasgow will be on Snoop and you better believe if we are celebrating them being Champions, it’s gonna be a hell of a night.”
Snoop’s love affair with Celtic, now managed by Greek-Australian Ange Postecoglou, began in 2005 when he and his entourage were given strips in Glasgow by DJ Big Al.
In return, the rapper recorded a line for Al’s mix tape and he liked the top so much he became a fan. So much so that in 2012, he considered buying shares in the club and dreamt of bringing pal David Beckham in.
“I was serious about investment in Celtic,” he insisted, although it never happened.
The following year, in another bid to get closer to his Scottish team, he asked the club if they could make him a mascot for a game against Juventus in the Champions League when Neil Lennon was in charge.
It didn’t happen but neither knock backs have dampened his love of the Glasgow team.
It’s also given him a love of Scotland and he was mortified when his 2020 I Wanna Thank Me tour, celebrating his 25th anniversary in the music game, didn’t include a Scottish date.
Luckily, for us, Covid has helped get Snoop to Scotland.
The pandemic meant the tour, which includes West Coast hip hop royalty Warren G, Obie Trice, D12 and Tha Dogg Pound, had to be rescheduled to September last year.
But Scots fans were upset to learn he wasn’t coming here and when new dates were announced a Scottish date in March 2022 was announced although the tour was later moved again to August.
Snoop said: “For real, I get why my Scottish fans were not happy. It’s a UK and Ireland tour – and if it was up to me, there would always be a Scotland date in there for sure, but these things are not always up to me.”
He even joked that if there hadn't been a Glasgow date and the UK tour had gone ahead, he’d have come up to Scotland and “freestyled on the streets of Glasgow”.
While that would have been amazing, we now have a huge Hydro show in the summer with Xzibit added to the bill.
The forthcoming tour – which kicks off in Glasgow – is named after the Coast rap legend’s 17th album I Wanna Thank Me.
A documentary of the same name celebrates Snoop’s three-decade career since he exploded on the scene in 1992 on Dr Dre’s debut solo single Deep Over and classic album The Chronic.
The pair teamed up for last month’s epic Super Bowl halftime show with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J Blige and 50 Cent.
He said: “It felt like the greatest concert of all time. When I first came out, that meant a lot to me that Dre would let me come out first.”
It became an instant classic and Snoop was front and centre of the talking points – from making gangster signs onstage to allegedly smoking weed backstage before going on.
The rapper continues to be in demand. Korean boyband BTS want to collaborate with him and on Monday he’ll start co-hosting America’s answer to Eurovision, American Song Contest, with Kelly Clarkson.
Snoop plays Glasgow Ovo Hydro on August 26.
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