Snoop Dogg is a West Coast rapper who evolved under the tutelage of Dr. Dre, and has received fame for albums such as ‘Doggystyle,’ ‘Tha Doggfather’ and ‘Reincarnated.’
Who Is Snoop Dogg?
West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg has come a long way since being discovered by Dr. Dre in the early 1990s. As impressive as he was when guesting on Dre’s The Chronic in 1992, few could have guessed he’d go on to global fame, tens of millions of record sales and a career in movies and TV.
Chart-topping hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, California, on October 20, 1971. His nickname came from his mother because she thought he looked like Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon. The musically inclined youngster played piano and sang at his local Baptist church, before starting rap in sixth grade.
After graduating high school, Snoop was arrested several times for drug possession and spent time in prison. He was also associated with the Rollin’ 20 Crips Gang. He started making music as a way out of his troubles and recorded early demos with his cousin Nate Dogg and friend Warren G as 213.
A track on one of these came to the attention of Dr. Dre, who invited Snoop — then rapping under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg — to audition. From there they collaborated on a song called “Deep Cover” for the soundtrack of a film of the same name; and Snoop became the key rapper on Dre’s hugely successful first solo album, The Chronic, in 1992.
Hit Albums: ‘Doggystyle’ & ‘Tha Doggfather’
Snoop’s first album, the Dre-produced Doggystyle (1993), climbed its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s hip-hop and Top 200 charts, based in part on the success of the singles “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Gin and Juice.” It built on the G-Funk template that The Chronic had established, as Cypress Hill’s B-Real later reminisced: “I think Dr. Dre gave Snoop a sound that would resonate in the minds of hip-hop fans for generations. It made Snoop an icon.”
Next came a short film called Murder Was the Case, the soundtrack of which went double platinum. Snoop’s next album, Tha Doggfather (1996), also reached the top of the charts, despite the absence of Dre, who had left Death Row over a contract dispute. While it didn’t perform as well commercially, it still showed that Snoop was a major-league artist.
‘Da Game Is to Be Sold’ to ‘The Hard Way’
Snoop then left Death Row himself, falling out with label mogul Suge Knight and moving to Master P’s No Limit Records. He scored the top slot on the hip-hop charts with his next two albums: Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998) and No Limit Top Dogg (1999). His last album for No Limit, The Last Meal, came in 2000 and sold over 2 million copies. By now his sound had become less “gangsta rap” and somewhat smoother.
Branching Out: From Rapper to Actor to Reality Star
Snoop branched out into acting during the same period and appeared in several films, including Starsky & Hutch, The Wash and Training Day. He also made guest appearances on television shows, including The L Word and Weeds, and starred in his own E! reality show, Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, in 2007. The series featured his wife, Shante, and their three children, Corde, Cordell and Cori. He was part of a sketch show, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, and participated in the 2011 Comedy Central Roast of future president Donald Trump.
Changing His Name to Snoop Lion
In early 2012, Snoop announced that he was working for the first time on an all-reggae album, called Reincarnated. Later that year he announced that he was dropping “Dogg” from his name to become Snoop Lion.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Snoop decided to change his name after traveling to Jamaica where he met with a priest, who told him: “You are the light, you are the lion.” Moved by the meeting, Snoop immediately changed his name. In August 2012, Snoop released Reincarnated’s debut single, “La La La.”
Outside of music, Snoop has made investments in the burgeoning cannabis business. In November 2015, he launched Leafs By Snoop, becoming the first A-list celebrity to brand a line of cannabis products. That same year he also launched a new digital-media venture called Merry Jane, which focuses on the latest marijuana news.
Personal Life and Wife
Snoop has been married to his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor, since 1997. They have two sons and one daughter together. Snoop is first cousins with the R&B artists Brandy and Ray J.
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