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  1. Meanwhile, in the real world, Snoop had yet to beat a murder rap after being accused of taking part in the drive-by shooting of a gang member. Murder was not the case Phillip Faraone/Getty Images The date was August 25, 1993. The place was Los Angeles. A fateful afternoon outing started harmlessly enough for Philip Woldemariam.

  2. In 1993, Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Broadus, aka Snoop, aka The D-O-double G was charged with first-degree murder after a member of a rival gang was shot and killed by Snoop's bodyguard, McKinley Lee, aka Malik, who fired the shot while in the then 21-year-old rapper's vehicle. In the latest episode of DISGRACELAND, Jake Brennan breaks down the events leading up to Snoop's arrest, going all the way back to his days as Dr. Dre 's protégé.

  3. Snoop and Lee were acquitted February 20, 1996, after a 24-month trial. Following the acquittal, Snoop made a conscious effort to minimize the theme of gang-related death from his lyrics, which had regularly featured in his bars to that point, and later explained how his change in subject matter bothered his fanbase, but that he was comfortable with his decision.

  4. Date of Trial: November 27, 1995-February 21, 1996 Verdict: Not guilty of murder, assault, and accessory charges; mistrial on voluntary manslaughter charges. SIGNIFICANCE: The arrest of Calvin Broadus a.k.a. Snoop Doggy Dogg for murder coincided with his ascendancy as the most popular rap music star in the United States. The case also fueled a general debate over whether "gangster rap" contributed to or merely reflected gunplay, drug abuse, sexual violence, street gang warfare, and other ...

  5. The year was 1993 when Philip Woldemariam, a member of a rival gang, was shot and killed by Snoop's bodyguard, leading to the two's arrest. At the time of the trial, Snoop's debut Doggystyle was the No. 1 album in the world, with the rapper celebrating the success of his hit song "Murder Was the Case." Prosecutors built much of their case around the album's violent lyrics, giving particular attention to "Murder Was the Case."

  6. Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg Is Acquitted of Murder By TINA DAUNT Feb. 21, 1996 12 AM PT TIMES STAFF WRITER Snoop Doggy Dogg, one of the nation’s preeminent rap artists, was acquitted along with his...

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