Rap veteran Snoop Dogg has reportedly fallen behind on his taxes and owes the government more than $598,000.
According to reports, a tax lien was filed against him last month.
The new debt dwarfs a tax lien filed last year against the 38-year-old rapper, who popped up all over Detroit during the 2006 Super Bowl, holding a private concert and attending the game. He also was one of the headliners at the Rothbury Music and Art Festival in 2008. The IRS filed a $598,309 lien against Snoop Dogg (real name Cordozar Calvin Broadus) and his wife on Jan. 19 with the Los Angeles County Recorder of Deeds. (Detroit News)
Outside of legal woest, he recently inked rap group Cypress Hill to Priority Records as appointed Creative Chairman.
Snoop Dogg has made his first signing as Creative Chairman of Priority Records, adding West Coast rappers Cypress Hill to the revived label’s roster. Snoop and Cypress Hill made the announcement on the “Lopez Tonight” show, where the Black Sunday band performed their hit “Insane in the Brain.” Cypress Hill will release Rise Up, their first album since 2004’s Til Death Do Us Part, on April 6th. (Rolling Stone)
Earlier this month, he spoke on reviving the West Coast sound at Priority Records.
“It’s time to open the building back up — and I felt if I could just get the position that I needed to just get up in there and bring that old music back to life, that I could spark the feeling and create new artists as well,” Snoop said in an interview. “So that’s what this situation is all about. It’s about me going in there, opening up that catalog and bringing that old music back as well as finding some new talent in the West Coast…Priority is going to be based on this West Coast movement because that’s what it was centered around. EMI and Capitol [Music Group] is always going to be international. It’s all running together so we’ll be able to do the West Coast movement — and just create a great musical vibe…” (Priority Records)
Snoop previously spoke on the label’s track record in hip-hop.
“I actually approached Priority about the situation,” Snoop said about his recording contract. “Even before I had a record deal, it was my dream to be on Priority. It was my dream to bring Priority back to life after I saw that it went kind of cold. I was heartbroken [when Ice Cube left N.W.A], because I loved the group as it was. But once Cube found himself solo with the Bomb Squad, DJ Pooh and Sir Jinx, it made me love him even more, that he’d gone out there to do for himself. Those first Priority records…took a toll on me. I felt like the label…put them in a position where the whole world knew who they were. They say Frank Sinatra had an office up in there. Ol’ Blue Eyes had his day. Now it’s time for Ol’ Blue Rag to get his on.” (XXL Mag)