updated 04/17/2009 AT 6:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/17/2009 AT 6:30 PM ET
Snoop Dogg is getting waxed! No, not that kind of waxed. He is set to become the first living rapper to be immortalized for Madame Tussauds famous wax museum.
“Fa shizzle dizzle I said yes when asked,” the rapper tells PEOPLE. “I’m honored! The D O double G got a double.”
The rapper-turned-reality star of Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood and MTV’s Dogg After Dark will have his figure unveiled Monday, April 20 at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas. The figure will stand in the “On Stage” area.
Snoop Dogg will be the third rap icon on display at one of the famous museums. A shirtless and tattooed Tupac Shakur wax figure resides in Vegas, while Biggie Smalls’s figure is in New York. Both rappers received the honor after they died.
As for Snoop, whose $300,000 statue will sport his trademark braided cornrows, “He was on high demand at our museums” says Roxanne Holland of Madame Tussauds. “When we asked guests who they wanted to see next, Snoop was at the top of the list.”
The rapper also didn’t mind the fuss over him. “When our team from London met with Snoop in Hollywood, he gave us about two hours and we took nearly 200 measurements – matched eye, skin and hair coloring,” says Holland. “He gave our sculptors the chance to experience his personality and nuances. He was an absolute joy!”
Snoop says the honor means a lot to him and he plans to be on hand in Vegas to celebrate the unveiling. “It’s real to be immortalized [in wax] in the ranks with President Barack Obama,” he says.