Snoop Lion used to work as a pimp.

The 'No Guns Allowed' rapper claims he managed several prostitutes and had a lot of famous clients, including top athletes, but only did it out of ''fascination'' and never made any money from the illegal transactions.

The 41-year-old rapper - formerly known as Snoop Dogg - told the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine: ''I put an organisation together. I did a Playboy tour, and I had a bus follow me with ten b***hes on it. I could fire a b***h, f**k a b***h, get a new ho: It was my program. City to city, t***y to t***y, hotel room to hotel room, athlete to athlete, entertainer to entertainer.

''I'd act like I'd take the money from the b***h, but I'd let her have it. It was never about the money; it was about the fascination of being a pimp ... As a kid I dreamed of being a pimp, I dreamed of having cars and clothes and b***hes to match. I said, 'F**k it -- I'm finna do it.'

''A lot of athletes bought p***y from me.''

The father-of-three, who has been married to his high school sweetheart Shante Broadus since 1997, insists he is still in love with his wife.

He said: ''I love her to this day because she coulda shook out on a n***a, but she stayed in my corner. So when I decided to let it go, she was still there.''