Snoop Dogg’s Funko Pop! store in Inglewood, California has been vandalized, and it appears to be related to the city’s deep-seated gang wars.
“Tha Dogg House” opened in January after Funko announced a partnership with The Doggfather at the end of 2022.
The brick-and-mortar location features a mural of Snoop outside the store, donning one of his signature all-blue outfits — a nod to his affiliation with the Crips.
In photos shared on social media, the vandals appeared to have spray painted over Snoop’s blue outfit with red paint, the color donned by the Crips’ rival gang, the Bloods.
The culprits also tagged the wall next to Snoop’s mural with anti-Crips messages, including “CK,” which is short for Crips killer.
However, it didn’t take long before a cleaning crew arrived to begin removing the graffiti and restore the store to its former glory.
How it started…how it’s goin… #Inglewoodpic.twitter.com/JolEIs81Fm
— 2UrbanGirls (@2UrbanGirls) May 20, 2023
@CityofInglewood employees spotted cleaning graffiti off the @SnoopDogg@OriginalFunko store. Perhaps they should consider removing it. It’s drawing the wrong attention. https://t.co/f87vlaGfNUpic.twitter.com/27CUND47UX
— 2UrbanGirls (@2UrbanGirls) May 21, 2023
Snoop Dogg’s partnership with Funko includes a line of Snoop-themed Funko Pop! and GOLD figurines capturing the many different sides of the West Coast rap icon, including jerseys of his favorite sports teams: the Los Angeles Lakers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
“This new store stays true to who I am as an entrepreneur and rapper,” Snoop previously said of the new shop in a press release. “I can’t wait for my fans to experience, touch, and feel it. Once you see it, it’s like no other thing in the world. Tha Dogg House will blow your mind.”
“Snoop Dogg is an entertainment powerhouse and remains one of the most innovative and versatile figures in the entertainment industry,” Funko’s CEO Andrew Perlmutter added. “We look forward to the debut of our newest retail experience and our partnership with Snoop whose expertise and impact on pop culture further elevates the brand’s opportunity to connect with fandoms within music and sports.”
In other Snoop Dogg news, he will soon be one of several rap legends partnering with Audible to create their own programs in honor of Hip Hop’s 50th anniversary. The Death Row owner will kick off the series on June 15 with Words + Music, where he will discuss his journey from growing up in Long Beach to achieving global fame.