Have you found Snoop Dogg's music videos to be somehow lacking? The rapper has staged videos in Brazil, wartime Casablanca, his parents' house, the Pacific Ocean, and, famously, his hometown of Long Beach. He apparently decided the next logical location for a video shoot would be Liechtenstein, the tiny alpine nation wedged between Switzerland and Austria. But Snoop didn't just want to use a few Liechtensteiner spots for his shoot. He wanted to rent the entire country. New York Magazine's Amos Barshad writes:
Snoop was reportedly trying to shoot a music video in the tiny Western European country, but was rebuffed ... and not because trying to rent an entire country is a crazy thing to do. Says Liechtenstein property agent Karl Schwaerzler, "We've had requests for places and villages but never one to hire the whole country before. It would have been possible, but Snoop Dogg's management did not give us enough time." It would have been possible!
Liechtenstein only sports a population of 35,000 but is renowned for featuring some of the most picturesque nature in the region. Snoop sought the country out because he needed tons of outdoor space to shoot the new clip for a currently unknown song.
We've got to give it up for the West Coast legend on this one. Instead of renting out yet another blue-screen video stage, he at least attempted to do something new.
Snoop Dogg has come quite a ways since his breakthrough appearance on the 1993 Dr. Dre hit "Nuthin but a G Thang." The video introduced the 21-year-old Snoop in a long shot through his parents' one-story Long Beach home to the young rapper's modest, messy bedroom. Now he can rent entire countries. But only if they get back to him quickly enough.
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