Hip-hop star Snoop Dogg is desperate to shake off his "bad reputation", but his attempts have not yet been successful.

The BEAUTIFUL rapper, a former gang member and drug dealer who has had his fair share of brushes with the law over the years, has recently attracted more attention from the mainstream with his acting career and jovial persona. But he's annoyed there are still those who can't see past his old actions.

He says, "A lot of people underestimate me. The perception comes from me, from the past and how I used to do it.

"I'm getting rid of a bad reputation and trying to create a brand new reputation. A lot of people will think this is about me until they get a chance to sit down and see what Snoop Dogg is, why he do what he do. Then it will be erased."

He adds, "All I know how to be is Snoop Dogg, and sometimes he is a little negative, and sometimes he is a little positive. But for the most part, he's going to do more right than wrong."

22/11/2004 09:26