Snoop Dogg has reacted to the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday (September 8) at the age of 96. Britain’s longest-reigning monarch was beloved by many people across the world — including the D-O-Double-G.
Shortly after the seismic news began making the rounds on social media, Snoop Dogg shared an old interview clip to his Instagram Stories in which he tells DJ Whoo Kid about the time the Queen prevented him from being banned from touring in England.
At the time, Snoop was facing murder charges related to the fatal shooting of gang member Philip Woldermariam. A 1994 cover of The Daily Star — a British publication — featured a photo of Snoop Dogg and a headline that read: “KICK THIS EVIL BASTARD OUT!”
“They kicked me out the U.K. ‘Kick this evil bastard out,’” Snoop said in the interview. “It’s a headline. That shit is documented. 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, doing shows.
“But guess who came to my defense? Just take a guess. The Queen, n-gga. The Queen said, ‘This man has done nothing in our country. He can come. The Queen, n-gga, bow down.
“When the Queen speak, bow down. That’s Harry and Williams’ grandmother, you dig? You think 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.’ … The Queen, that’s my gal.”
Speaking to The Guardian in 2015, Snoop Dogg credited Prince William and Harry for aiding in Queen Elizabeth II’s decision.
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 U.K., so she gave me permission to be here,” he said at the time.
“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.”
Queen Elizabeth II was mourned on social media by numerous notable artists, including Nicki Minaj, Janet Jackson, Sir Elton John, Sir Paul McCartney and Eve.[via]