Snoop Dogg Talks Willie Nelson, New Love of Painting in SXSW Keynote

March 20, 2015 8:17 PM

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Snoop Dogg Talks Willie Nelson, New Love of Painting in SXSW Keynote

Snoop Dogg can still draw a crowd. All-star up-and-comer showcases have packed tiny venues and pushed lines onto Austin's streets, but the 43-year-old rapper's South by Southwest keynote filled an oversized ballroom at the Austin Convention Center to capacity – even at 10:30 in the morning. Hypnotic Brass Band "opened," then manager Ted Chung engaged Snoop in an informal back-and-forth about his L.A. beginnings, favorite collaborations and recent ventures. Willie Nelson featured prominently. Here are five things we learned.

1. Snoop and Menace II Society director Allen Hughes are working on a new show for HBO.The series will be set in 1980s Los Angeles and show Reaganomics' effect on the area. Snoop recounted how the optimism of the late-Seventies – a time he associates with youth sports and his mother's R&B records – ...

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