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Birth name Priest Joseph Brooks
Origin Long Beach, California, U.S.
Genres West Coast hip hop
  • Producer
  • rapper
  • vocalist
  • Keyboards
  • sampler
Years active 1993–present
Associated acts Snoop Dogg, Tupac Shakur, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Tray Deee, Bad Azz, Goldie Loc, RBX, Lady of Rage, Lil' ½ Dead, E-White, Lil' C-Style, Techniec, Roscoe, Butch Cassidy, Mr. Malik, The Twinz, Xzibit

Priest Joseph Brooks, known professionally as Soopafly, is a hip hop producer and rapper from Long Beach, California. He is a member of the DPGC.

Early life[edit]

The oldest of three children, Brooks grew up in Long Beach. He was given a keyboard by his father after being inspired by the piano players he saw in church.[1]

Early career[edit]

During his teenage years, Brooks met rappers Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre. Proving himself with his keyboard skills, Soopafly was assigned his first piece of work for Death Row Records on the soundtrack Murder Was The Case.[1] He played keyboards for Dr. Dre and Ice Cube on the track "Natural Born Killaz" and for Jodeci on the track "Come Up To My Room", as well as his first production credit with "Who Got Some Gangsta Shit" featuring the Dogg Pound and the LBC Crew. In 1995, he produced "Sooo Much Style" for Tha Dogg Pound on their debut album "Dogg Food". He also played the keyboards on eight other songs throughout. Then in 1996, he was featured on the soundtrack to the movie A Thin Line Between Love and Hate on the song "I Don't Hang." A remix would later follow.

Soopafly was further introduced to mainstream listeners on Snoop Dogg's second studio album Tha Doggfather. He produced the songs "Freestyle Conversation" and "You Thought", appearing alongside veteran rapper Too Short. Since then, he has been featured primarily on albums by local artists such as Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Warren G, RBX, Bad Azz and Tha Eastsidaz.[2] To date, he has released two solo albums.

Westurn Union[edit]

In July 2006, the rap group called Westurn Union was formed. It features Soopafly, Damani and Bad Lucc. They made their first appearance on Snoop Dogg's album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment and released a street single titled "I Don't Think So",[3] produced by Rick Rock. In April 2008, a mixtape was released titled House Shoe Musik, Vol. 1 and was hosted by DJ Crazy Toones. After inking a deal with Koch Records and Doggystyle Records, the official debut album Snoop Dogg Presents: Dubb Union was released on September 2, 2008. Prior to the release, the group and the labels were approached by the company Western Union, threatening legal action if the name was not changed. Though there is a difference between Westurn and Western, the labels did not want to spend money dealing with a lawsuit, the name of the group was changed to Dubb Union.


Solo albums[edit]

Year Title
2001 Dat Whoopty Woop
  • Released: July 31, 2001
  • Label: DPG (1002)
  • Format: CD, LP
2007 Bangin West Coast
  • Released: May 8, 2007
  • Label: Gangsta Advisory (80162)
  • Format: CD
2011 Best Kept Secret
  • Released: August 30, 2011
  • Label: Fly2k
  • Format: CD,Digital


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
U.S. R&B
1999 "Like It or Not" 111 Dat Whoopty Woop

As featured performer[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
U.S. R&B
1998 "Put the Monkey in It" (Daz Dillinger featuring Soopafly) 101 Nothing to Lose (soundtrack)

Other appearances[edit]

Year Title Artist(s) Album
1996 "You Thought" Snoop Dogg, Too Short Tha Doggfather
"Underestimated" Dru Down feat. Soopafly Can You Feel Me
1997 "Only in California" Mack 10, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg Based on a True Story
"Out The Moon (Boom, Boom, Boom)" Snoop Doggy Dogg feat. 2Pac, Tray Deee, Soopafly, Bad Azz & Techniec Gridlock'd Soundtrack
1998 "Thank God For My Life" Daz Dillinger feat. Tha Gang, Tray Deee, Soopafly, Bad Azz & Big Pimpin Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back
"Gang Bangin Ass Criminal" Daz Dillinger feat. Kurupt, Techniec, Tray DeeeTray Deee, Soopafly, Bad Azz Retaliation, Revenge And Get Back
"Don't Let The Money Make You" Xzibit feat. Soopafly & King T 40 Dayz & 40 Nightz
1999 "Mamacita" Don Cisco, Frost, Kurupt Next Friday (soundtrack) and Oh Boy
"Like It Or Not" Soopafly Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000
"OG to BG" Soopafly, Daz Dillinger & Kurupt from Tha Dogg Pound
"Hell Ya" Tray Deee, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt Whiteboys (soundtrack)
"Represent Dat G.C." Kurupt feat. Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg, Soopafly, Tray Deee, Jayo Felony & Butch Cassidy Tha Streetz Iz A Mutha
"I Ain't Shit Without My Homeboyz" Kurupt feat. Daz Dillinger, Soopafly, Baby S & Crooked I
"It Ain't About You" Kurupt feat. Soopafly, Tray Deee & LaToiya Williams
"Neva Gonna Give It Up" Kurupt feat. Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Tray Deee & Soopafly
"They May Fuck Wit U" Soopafly Escape From Death Row
"Hittin Fo'" Soopafly & Hit From Tha LBC
"You Might Get G'eed" Too Short feat. Daz, E-40 & Soopafly Can't Stay Away
2000 "Your Gyrlfriend 2" Daz Dillinger feat. Mac Shawn & Soopafly R.A.W.
"Put Your Hands Up" Doggys Angels feat. Snoop Dogg, Soopafly, Kokane, King Lou & Ruff Dogg Pleezbaleevit!
2001 "Your Gyrlfriend 2" Tha Dogg Pound, Mac Shawn 2002
"Way Too Often" Tha Dogg Pound
"Eastside Ridaz" Tha Eastsidaz, Nate Dogg Duces 'n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way
"I Pledge Allegiance" Tha Eastsidaz, Kokane
"Dogghouse In Your Mouth" Tha Eastsidaz, Suga Free, RBX, Kurupt, Ruff Dogg, King Lou, Mixmaster Spade
"Hate On Me" Kurupt feat. Soopafly & Damani Space Boogie: Smoke Oddessey
"Jimmy's Revenge" Snoop Dogg & Soopafly Bones Soundtrack
"Huh-What!" Soopafly Two-Way Hustle Ghetto Grammer Soundtrack
"Gotta Get Dis Money" Soopafly The Wash Soundtrack
"Somethin' To Bounce To" Warren G feat. Soopafly The Return Of The Regulator
2002 "This Spot" Bad Azz We from the LBC
"Don't Fight The Feelin'" Nate Dogg, Cam'ron, Snoop Dogg, Lady May & Soopafly Welcome To Tha House, Vol. 1
"Are You Ready!?" Soopafly
"Bitch's Treat" Soopafly & LaToiya Williams
"Hey You" Soopafly, E-White & Snoop Dogg
"Dogg House America" Soopafly, E-White, Mr. Kane, Snoop Dogg & LaToiya Williams
"Doh' Doh'" Soopafly, E-White, Snoop Dogg & Mr. Kane
"Raised On Tha Side" Soopafly, E-White, Snoop Dogg, Mr. Kane & Daz
"Not Like It Was" Soopafly, Snoop Dogg, E-White & RBX
"Light That Shit Up (Endo)" Soopafly, Snoop Dogg, RBX & Mr. Kane
"I Don't Hang (G Mix)" Soopafly Tha Dogg Pound DPGC The Remix LP
2004 "Lonely Girl" 213 The Hard Way
"Can U Control Yo' Hoe?" Snoop Dogg R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
2006 "DPG Fo' Life" Daz feat. Snoop Dogg & Soopafly So So Gangsta
"Which One Of You" Snoop Dogg feat. Nine Inch Dix, Soopafly & Lil Half Dead Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
"Like This" Snoop Dogg feat. Westurn Union (Damani, Soopafly, Bad Lucc), LaToiya Williams & Raul Midon
"Bangin West Coast" Soopafly DJ Skee & DJ Reflex Present DJ Crazy Toones CT Experience
"Gangbang Music" Soopafly & Kurupt
2007 "Fuckin' Is Good For U" Damani, JT The Bigga Figga, Kurupt, Soopafly & Snoop Dogg Snoop Dogg Presents The Big Squeeze
"Spend Some Time" Ricky Harris, Uncle Chucc, Kurupt, Soopafly & Snoop Dogg
"We Came To Bang Out" Tha Dogg Pound, Soopafly & Snoop Dogg
2010 "Anotha Clip" Tha Dogg Pound feat. Soopafly & RBX 100 Wayz
"Otha'side Of Town" Tha Dogg Pound feat. Soopafly & Tokedasmoke
"Cheat'n Ass Lover" Tha Dogg Pound feat. Soopafly, Nate Dogg & Dru Down
2011 "Don't U Eva 4 Get" Daz Dillinger feat. WC & Soopafly D.A.Z.
"Stickin To The Script" WC feat. Daz, Kurupt, Bad Lucc & Soopafly Revenge Of The Barracuda
2012 "And She Don't Even Know" Crooked I, Kobe Psalm 82: V6


  1. ^ a b has three children named Dj, Donjrael, and Priest Jr Brooks. selected=1&aboutId=40205&which=bio&artistname=Soopafly&artistid=380&title=Deep+In+His+Own+Hustle "Deep In His Own Hustle" Check |archiveurl= value (help). MCA Records. August 13, 2002. Archived from the original on November 10, 2006. 
  2. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Soopafly > Biography". allmusic. Retrieved 2008-09-01. 
  3. ^ Nina (January 2007). "Damani & Bad Lucc". DubCNN. Retrieved 2008-09-01.