What impact does fame have on a family?
Entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and his son, Cordell Broadus, have let the world see this dynamic play out in the miniseries Snoop & Son. The five-episode series (the fourth installment airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN) documents Broadus’ college recruitment while showing Snoop’s life outside of the bright Hollywood lights.
“Both Snoop and Cordell were great to work with. It’s not easy to let cameras into your home. We had Cordell mic’d every single football game. Both Snoop and Cordell showed a lot of trust in us,” said Rory Karpf, the executive producer of Snoop & Son.
Today, Broadus – a Bishop Gorman High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) wide receiver who is ranked No. 130 in the ESPN 300 – will be among the thousands of prep football players to make their college decisions (2:30 p.m.) official as part of National Signing Day.
However, Broadus is among the select few who will have their announcements televised live on ESPN as part of a one-hour simulcast during an 11-hour ESPNU Signing Day Special (8 a.m.–7 p.m.).
Broadus’ announcement will be the latest example of Snoop Dogg taking a backseat to his son, a role that Karpf has seen play out many times over the last six months.
– Rory Karpf, executive producer of Snoop & Son, on working with Snoop Dogg
“I was surprised, at times, at the level of humility Snoop demonstrated. When he coached his youth football team, he was just another coach on the sidelines. When he attended Cordell’s games, he was just another parent in the stands,” said Karp.
Just being a parent is a role that Snoop enjoys, one that comes with ups and downs, an experience familiar to any parent.
“Snoop wanted the series to be genuine. He wanted it to be real and that means showing the good and bad. Because of his openness and cooperation, we were able to document a completely unique father-son relationship,” Karpf said.
When Broadus chooses a scholarship offer from among college football powers Arizona State, LSU, UCLA and USC, Snoop won’t be playing the role of icon; he will be playing his other favorite role: Dad.
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