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'Where's da best fish n chips in Cardiff?' Rapper Snoop Dogg pays tribute to Wales ahead of gig.

Byline: Sam Malone

SUPERSTAR rapper Snoop Dogg has called on his Welsh fanbase to help him find the best fish and chips in Cardiff.

The US rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur turned to his millions of Twitter followers yesterday for recommendations ahead of his forthcoming gig in the capital.

"I want 2 know about the best fried chicken in chip alley," he said first, before then inquiring of food blog site CardiffBites where he could buy waffles in the Welsh capital.

Then, taking up his knowledge of city landmarks, he asked his followers: "Where's da best fish n chips in cardiff? "At Albany Fish Bar or the Codfather?!" Nicki Tudor, author of Cardiff-Bites, said: "It's been utterly mad the past 24 hours.

"Completely out of the blue I got a tweet from Snoop Dogg. I've no idea how he or his people came to find me or my blog, it was so surreal. At first I thought 'is this serious?' because I know people set up fake accounts but his was verified."

As well as reaching out to his fans on Twitter the controversial star - who in 2007 was once forced to cancel his gig in the city after he was denied a UK visa - released a series of videos on YouTube paying tributes to a series of Welsh figures - from the famous to the obscure.

Among the subjects of his videos - all filmed with him wearing a blue Cardiff City shirt - were footballers Ryan Giggs and Gareth Bale.

He then turned to Olympic sailing hopeful Hannah Mills and Tiana Hinton, a nine-year-old girl who chased a robber who had stolen her mum's purse while the pair were shopping in Cardiff.

BBC Radio Wales DJ Bethan Elfyn, who is going to Snoop's gig at the Motorpoint Arena on October 8, said it was unusual to see such a global star pay so much attention to his fans in one particular city.

She said: "He's one of the hip hop icons of the past 20 years so for him to film these videos is so refreshing.

"How often do you see someone as big as him taking the time to do what he's done?" FROM TOM JONES TO SHIRLEY BASSEY, THEY'VE ALL STOPPED BY FOR A BAG OF CHIPS WE ASKED Caroline Street chip shop owners which famous faces had popped in for some chips: * Tas Asprou, of Dorothy's on Caroline Street, said his famous visitors have included Dame Shirley Bassey, Sir Tom Jones, boxer Nicky Piper and designer Julien Macdonald. * Adam Mazroo, of Red Onion Fish and Chip Shop, said his best recognised customers are usually rugby players.

Mohamed Ali, of Tony's Fish Bar, also said rugby players were regular visitors but added: "We are popular before and after concerts. If Madonna or any other famous person performed at Cardiff, this is the place they would come." * Meanwhile Massimo Fraioli, of Gio's Italian Restaurant, in the Hayes, Cardiff, said famous people visiting the restaurant attracted more customers for the business.

He said famous faces who have eaten at the restaurant included the late Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, Welsh boxing hero Joe Calzaghe, singers Enrique Iglesias and Cliff Richard, and footballers Robbie Savage and Ian Rush.

The restaurant hangs framed photographs of all the stars they have cooked for on their walls.


* Caroline Street, where famous faces often stop for a bag of chips * One of Snoop Dogg's videos, featuring a backdrop of Cardiff Castle * Rap star Snoop Dogg took to the internet to ask fans where to get to get the best fish and chips in Cardiff when he comes to the city next Saturday
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 30, 2011
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