Episode #27 | 3.26.19

Snoop Doggy Dogg: Murder Was The Case

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Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Broadus has worn many hats. Inmate, pimp, Martha Stewart’s BFF: But in 1994, Snoop was the biggest name in hip hop yet his career was about to be derailed just as it was taking off due to the murder of Philip Woldemariam, a murder that Snoop was being charged with. The streets that made Snoop, the streets he came up on and that infiltrated the raps he made and the smooth style he patented, were the very same streets he could not leave behind.

Extra Credit

This episode was co-written with Chris O’Keeffe. Editorial and writing assistance by Pat Healy.


Score by Jake Brennan. Mixed and engineered by Sean Cahalin. Disgraceland theme song, “Crenshaw Space Boogie” written and produced by Jake Brennan. Performed by Jake Brennan, Jay Cannava, and Evan Kenney. Mixed and engineered by Adam Taylor. Additional music and score elements by Ryan Spraker. Episode mix doctoring by Pat Dicenzo. Bryce Kanzer and Joel Edinburgh, additional scoring. Ad music by Ian Kennedy.


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Disgraceland is a podcast about musicians getting away with murder and behaving very badly. It melds music history, true crime and transgressive fiction. Disgraceland is not journalism. Disgraceland is entertainment. Entertainment inspired by true events. However, certain scenes, characters and names are sometimes fictionalized for dramatic purposes.

*illustrations by Avi Spivak @avispivak