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The Razz: T in the Park special: Snoop Dogg can scale the heights with his balancing act; MAIN STAGE SUNDAY.

FRESH from his Live8 success, Snoop Dogg is one of the world's biggest rap stars.

The 33-year-old, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, has at last crossed into pop territory with two chart hits, Signs, which featured Justin Timberlake, and Drop it Like It's Hot.

He's also continuing to do well in the movies with 15 films under his belt, including playing Huggy Bear in Starsky and Hutch. Like P Diddy he has his own clothing line and he's also been coaching an American football team - the Rowland Heights Raiders - for whom his 10-year-old son, Corde, plays at quarterback.

At T in the Park he'll have a huge entourage and may even wear the Celtic top he took a shine to in February when he played Glasgow's Carling Academy because he liked the colour.

But Snoop, in his laid back way, insists he can handle the busy schedule.

He said: 'My starsign is Libra and if you know anything about Libras, we're basically scales, so we can balance very well. If this is too high, we'll balance it. That's what I'm good at. I don't know how to juggle, but I know how to balance.'

Although he's a Gangsta rapper, Snoop isn't like the screaming Ghetto kings and queens who rant on about the world, the police and their lives.

He's always sounded softer, preferring the old school soul from the Seventies, although he has toned down his overtly sexist put downs which alienated many when he first started out.

He sees that as one of the reasons he's eventually made the cross over and been able to perform at T in the Park and Live8 without watering down his style.

He said: 'My laid back style is just me and I just know how to be me. I'm not trying to be anybody else.

'That's my demeanour. I'm not loud and screaming. Even when I'm performing on the stage, the songs I do get rowdy on, I have to immediately calm down. I can't stay there. I've always been like that.

'My uncle told me I was nosy when I was a kid because I'd always just lay in the cut and watch.'

However, Snoop admits he was also a troublesome child who 'probably got a thousand whoopings'.

He said: 'My cousin Daz is younger than me and I can't I believe I went for this when we were little. We had a paintbrush on the side of my momma's house and there was some mud beside us. Daz said, 'Let's paint the house.' I said, 'With what?' and he said, 'With this mud.' 'We painted the whole house with the mud - it was white originally. When my momma came home, the whole house was muddy. She came in, grabbed us both, laid us side by side on the bed and beat our asses.'

And although he and James Brown are not at T in the Park on the same day, (James is in the King Tut's Tent on Saturday) the Godfather of Soul gave Snoop a piece of advice he claims he'll never forget.

Snoop said: 'I would never cut my hair because James Brown had a word with me about it.

'He said: 'Snoopy, let me tell you something. Your hair is your strength

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Date:Jul 8, 2005
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