Snoop Dogg has come a long way since his days as a cocaine-dealing Crip in Long Beach, California. The Grammy-nominated artist may have platinum records, an acting career, and a successful Pee-Wee football team, but last year he broke into new territory--he got gamer cred with the launch of the Hip-Hop Gaming League, of which he is commissioner.
Now the HHGL is getting passed around for a second time. Yesterday, Snoop and media company GGL announced that round two of the league is underway. Like last season, this year's crop of participants includes a mix of rappers, athletes, and other celebrities, all organized in a tournament that culminates in Las Vegas on February 16.
This year, the following will be trying to smoke each other for the title: Krazie Bone, Fredwreck, Just Blaze, Jalen Rose of the Phoenix Suns, Eric V (last year's winner), B-Real, Paul Wall, David Banner, Murs, Cobi Jones of the Los Angeles Galaxy, Lil' Wayne, Birdman, DJ Maseo, Rick Ross, Yung Joc, Lupe Fiasco, Malice, Pusha T, DJ Revolution, Darnell Bing of the Oakland Raiders, Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos, Wish Bone Warren G, Big Pooh, Hi-Tek, Lil Keke, Xololanxinxo, Layzie Bone, Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder, Trevor Ariza of the Orlando Magic, and Michael Robinson of the San Francisco 49ers.
"Yo, the HHGL is slammin' this season, with some of the baddest gamers in hip-hop and pro sports," said Snoop Dogg, in a statement. "This time around, the fans are gonna get into the game, going up against superstars like my main man Eric V, B-Real, David Banner, Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, Warren G, Cobi Jones, and so many other brothas I can't even give 'em all shout-outs. Just play the game, ya dig?"
Those registered with GGL will have the chance to play in a parallel fans-only league and will have to weed their way through the competition to get to the Las Vegas finals.
NCAA 07 Football for the Xbox 360 will be the main game used in competition, but Snoop has the say to add Saints Row, Madden NFL 07, and NBA 2K7 to matchups "to spice up the league."
For more information, head over to the HHGL Web site.