Snoop Dogg Will Sing the Blues in ‘The Legend of Fillmore Slim’

Snoop Dogg is best known as a rapper, but he’s had a couple small roles in films before, and he’s always had a unique sort of charisma that seems like it would lend itself to acting. It was probably only a matter of time before somebody took a chance on him in something other than a cameo where he plays himself or a role in something like Soul Plane. And it looks like that chance will come in the form of an upcoming biopic of blues musician Clarence Sims The Legend of Fillmore Slim.

Sims’s story is an interesting one because not only was he a prominent blues musician in the 60s and 70s, but he was also a big time pimp in the San Francisco area during the same time. In addition to his stage name of “Fillmore Slim” Sims was also referred to by monikers such as “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” and “The Pope of Pimping.” If I told you that those were names of Snoop Dogg albums instead, you’d probably believe me, so the rapper’s attachment to this film suddenly starts to make even more sense. Those rap stars these days, they sure do like talking about being pimps, you know?

Apparently Sims’s daughter Rebecca is the one who approached Snoop about taking the role, and if you watch any video or look at any pictures of the man in his prime, you can see that her choice wasn’t much of a stretch. Snoop definitely looks the part and has the swagger; it’ll just be a matter of whether or not he has the chops to pull a starring role off. Alan Ames, a producer on the film, says that, “This film will span decades, from Slim’s emergence as a musician, to his fascination with the fast life, through his years of incarceration and his redemption.” Sounds like Snoop will have his work cut out for him. It’s hard out there for a pimp, but what about for a movie star? [Deadline Metairie]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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