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4/26/2002 12:00:00 AM

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The murder trial of Snoop Dogg — then known as Snoop Doggy Dogg — was well underway this week in 1996, and while Snoop, along with his bodyguard McKinley Lee, were ultimately acquitted of murdering 20-year-old Phillip Woldemariam, the defense hit a speed bump this week when a witness testified she saw Woldemariam walk away from the jeep driven by Snoop when he was shot and killed in 1993 by Lee, who was riding in the jeep's passenger seat.

Snoop didn't stop the music, however, during this trying time. Instead, he was setting up his own label, Doggy Style Records, and he had just signed the imprint's first act, the LBC Crew. He talked about the group on the set of its first video, "Beware of My Crew."

"It's called 'Beware of My Crew' for the simple fact it's letting everybody in the industry know to be aware of my crew," Snoop said. "This is my crew. Snoop Dogg. This is my homeboys. I just want people to recognize and just pay attention to them and hear what they gotta say. You know what I'm saying, not just 'cause they're down with me but just because they got talent and they want to express it."

(The LBC Crew have since broken up— the group's Tray Deee is now one-half of Tha Eastsidaz, and Bad Azz has put out two solo albums.)

Source: MTV News

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