Rap star Snoop Dogg talks with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at the Ivy House. (Kristin Moore)
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on January 30, 2016 at 6:30 PM, updated January 30, 2016 at 7:34 PM
FLINT, MI – Rap star Snoop Dogg has a concert scheduled at Detroit’s Masonic Temple tonight.
But before he hit the stage in the Motor City, he made a surprise trip to Flint.
Snoop Dogg met with Flint Mayor Karen Weaver for over an hour at the Ivy House, during a water drive, to discuss ways he can assist with the water crisis.
“What I appreciated is he wanted to get a thorough understanding about how long this has been going on and what’s been happening,” Weaver said. “He came and just wanted to sit down and talk about what’s been going on in Flint.”
Instead of just distributing water, Weaver said Snoop Dogg talked about things he wanted to do to support the people of Flint.
Over the next week, she plans to stay in contact with Snoop Dogg to put some things in motion for the city but wouldn’t go into detail about what exactly will happen. They’re planning both immediate and long-term action, according to Weaver.
“Somebody said, ‘Well, you don’t have any ties to Flint, what made you come here?'” Weaver said. “He said, ‘We do have ties, we’re people.'”
Weaver said she’s always been a Snoop Dogg fan since he burst on the music scene with hip-hop producer Dr. Dre to release his “Doggystyle” album in 1993.
Dr. Dre protégé and Flint native Jon Connor was also on site with the legendary rapper as he wore a “Flint Lives Matter” t-shirt. R&B singer Keyshia Cole also visited Flint on Friday.
“What is really nice is that he signed on for the long haul,” Weaver said. “We don’t want attention just now. We’ve needed it for a long time. We have it. The impact is going to follow some of our kids and families for the rest of their lives. We can’t let the attention go away.”
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