The West Coast hip-hop megastar and new-found reggae lover has been banned from returning to Norway, following an arrest last month at Kjevik Airport for possession of eight grams of marijuana. The Doggystyle rapper was originally fined 52,000 krone (around £5,500), but The Guardian now report [via Associated Press] that Snoop has subsequently been banned from returning until Summer 2014. Snoop’s lawyer has confirmed that an appeal won’t be filed, claiming that Snoop “can live with the decision”. We bet he can.
It’s not been a great year for Snoop in terms of live appearances. His headline performance at this year’s Bloc Weekend never went ahead due to well-publicised issues with the festival (which has since gone into administration), and in January he had to cancel a European tour – including a headline spot at Austrian festival Snowbombing – after being arrested in Texas. In the past, he’s struggled at the border in both Sweden and Norway, and has had to fight hard to eventually be allowed a visa for UK tours. Snoop’s next album will be a reggae effort, recorded as Snoop Lion in collaboration with Major Lazer.