SYDNEY (AFP) - US rapper Snoop Dogg was Friday granted a visa to tour Australia after immigration authorities took into account his recent conduct and a reference from Oscar winning actor Russell Crowe. A visa for the performer, whose real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr, had been under review by the Immigration Department because of his criminal record. But the government gave the green light for Snoop Dogg's planned tour with fellow hip-hop star Ice Cube after weighing his criminal convictions against his previous behaviour in Australia and charity work. "We took into account all relevant factors and, on balance, the department decided to grant the visa," a spokesman said. The 36-year-old singer, who has travelled to Australia on three previous occasions and has never caused an incident, withdrew an application for a visa last year after he pleaded no contest in a US court to illegally possessing a gun and marijuana. At the time, the then immigration minister Kevin Andrews said Dogg's criminal record meant "he doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country". The immigration department said Friday it had taken into account any risk to the Australian community from the tour. There was no evidence of any violence occurring either at any of Snoop Dogg's performances or as a consequence of his presence in other countries, it said. Officials also took into account a reference from Crowe, which stated that the singing star would do some youth charity work if granted a visa. "The letter said that Mr Broadus intended to speak to underprivileged children in (inner-city suburb) Redfern," a department spokesman told AFP.