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Hip-hopper Snoop Dogg has been keeping busy

The year 2010 was a busy one for Snoop Dogg, and 2011 already is being good to him.

Some could argue that 2010 was the year the Doggfather made a comeback, although others would say he never went away. Since busting onto the rap scene in the early '90s with the quadruple-platinum album "Doggystyle," he's transformed himself into a kind of elder statesman of hip-hop.

His mix of laid-back style, street savvy and cutting sense of humor has won him a diverse set of roles and appearances. Think of the drug dealer-turned-informant Huggy Bear in the 2004 film "Starsky & Hutch," the master of ceremonies for a 2008 episode of WrestleMania, his role playing himself in two episodes of the ABC soap opera "One Life to Live," and his character named Alabaster Jones in the animated TV show "King of the Hill."

Now, Snoop is coming to the Cotillion in Wichita next week as part of his Get Wet tour, which kicked off Jan. 18. He's out in support of his new album, "Doggumentary," due to be released in late March.

Here's a look at what the West Coast MC has been doing in the past year to stay busy and in the spotlight.

'Rock Band' rap

In September, Snoop Dogg became the first rapper to be featured on the "Rock Band" video game. Among the featured tracks he contributed were "Drop It Like It's Hot," "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Sensual Seduction."

Rubbing elbows with royalty

The rapper said in December that he wants to perform his new single, "Wet," at Prince William's bachelor party before his wedding to Kate Middleton. "When I heard the royal family wanted to have me perform in celebration of Prince William's marriage, I knew I had to give them a little something," he told People magazine. There's been no confirmation that he'll actually be at the party.

Getting viral

Snoop launched a series of YouTube videos aimed at garnering the attention of various celebrities. It was all to promote "My #1 Priority," a compilation of the greatest Priority Records cuts of the last 25 years, including his songs, of course.

Among the short videos were one of Snoop beseeching "Weird Al" Yankovic to write a parody song with him, another telling Justin Bieber to holler at him and one asking Kim Kardashian to show his friend her new tattoo.

Mixing it up with Katy Perry

One of the biggest singles of the summer of 2010 was Katy Perry's bubbly "California Gurls," and Snoop found a way to get in on the salute to beautiful women in bikinis. He performed a guest rap in the song that makes a nod to the original "California Girls" by the Beach Boys, winning a compliment from Brian Wilson himself.

"The melody is infectious, and I'm flattered that Snoop Dogg used our lyric on the tag," Wilson said.

Defending Willie

Snoop made headlines in December when he told TMZ that police should leave country legend Willie Nelson alone. That came after Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana. Snoop had choice words for the officer who arrested Nelson and said people need to have more respect for their elders.

If you go

SNOOP DOGG

Where: Cotillion, 11120 W. Kellogg

When: 9 p.m. Thursday

How much: Tickets $27.50 in advance, $30 day of show, available at Select-A-Seat outlets and the Cotillion. Credit card orders, 316-722-4201 or www.thecotillion.com.

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