Saturday, April 10, 2021

Director Benny Boom Wanted Nipsey Hussle to Play Snoop Dogg in ‘All Eyez on Me”

DJ Snoopadelic attends KROQ Weenie Roast & Luau at Doheny State Beach on June 08, 2019 in Dana Point, California.
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*During his career, Nipsey Hussle worked extensively with rapper Snoop Dogg, and was often compared to the hip-hop legend. 

The 33-year-old was gunned down outside of his store on Slauson and Crenshaw in South L.A. back in April, and during his memorial at the Staples Center, Snoop recalled when he first heard Hussle’s music and noted the resemblance so many fans called out when Nipsey hit the music scene.

“When he first started, a lot of people was like, ‘He look like me.’ But I don’t think so. I think it was the fact that he was tall. He was lanky. He had braids. He had that L.A. mentality, and he claimed the gang so it was natural to be categorized,” he said.

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Nipsey Hussle Album Release Party for "Victory Lap"
ATLANTA, GA – FEBRUARY 25: Nipsey Hussle and T.I. attend Nipsey Hussle Album Release Party for “Victor Lap” at Medusa Lounge on February 25, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage)

“One thing that me and Nip had was a kind spirit … we met each other [and] it was like a magnet coming together. We had the same spirit. But what was crazy was Nip mentality was stronger than a rapper that’s been in the game for 15 years,” Snoop said at Nipsey’s memorial service. 

Now director Benny Boom has opened up about how this likeness could have been taken to the next level as Hussle was allegedelly tapped to portray Snoop in the TuPac biopic “All Eyez On Me,” Complex reports. During an interview with TooFab, Benny revealed that he wanted Hussle to portray Snoop in the film.

“Nipsey was supposed to play Snoop,” Benny said. “We wanted him to play Snoop in All Eyez On Me… We didn’t have any other person that we wanted to play him.” But, Nipsey’s busy schedule prevented him from having the necessary amount of time for the role.

“It’s crazy because I didn’t realize, as much as I knew Nipsey — I didn’t realize how much he was driving things in his community,” Boom explained. “And to take him out of L.A. for that amount of time that we needed to come to Atlanta where we shot, would’ve just threw him off his square a little bit. Just the timing didn’t work out.”

Boom also went on to reveal that before he was murdered, Nipsey was set play a major role in the CW’s hit series “All American.”

“From what I’m hearing from the writers, this season, there’s going to be a lot of Nipsey stuff in there,” Boom claims.


Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.



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