Calvin Cordozar Broadus on October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California,"Snoopy"
- as his mother affectionately called him - later took the name
professionally, altering it to Snoop Doggy Dogg, later to Snoop Dogg.
Although today a mainstream celebrity, he is a natural survivor of the 90's gangsta
rap scene, and creator of izzle slang.
Snoop Dogg's early years were marked by frequent bouts with the law resulting in several jail terms. He later created rhymes about his experiences which he committed to tape.
Eventually, he caught the notice of rapper Dr.
Dre who featured him on his debut solo album, The Chronic. Snoop Dogg launched his own career a year later with the debut
It was while
recording Doggystyle that Snoop Dogg made headlines when
arrested in the shooting of gang member Phillip Woldermarian,
but he was eventually acquitted of all charges on grounds of self
the court case would drag on for several years, his first album
skyrocketed to number one in the charts, spinning off such hit
singles as What's My Name and Gin and Juice.
Snoop Dogg began recording under
his new name, Snoop Lion, with Reincarnated released in 2013.
release of his second album, The Doggfather, Snoop
Dogg has gradually created a more widely acceptable image as an
A-list show business personality. His first album for Capitol
Records was entitled Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ and released
in late 2002.
he switched to the Geffen label for his next hit, Drop It
Like It's Hot for his next three albums R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin'. Malice 'n Wonderland (2009) and Doggumentary (2011), were released on the Priority label.
Today, Snoop Dogg continues his foray into mainstream
entertainment with appearances on various talk shows, TV specials,
movies, and in television commercials. He also remains popular on collaborations with both hip-hop and mainstream pop artists.
In 2012, Snoop Dogg announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and began performing under a new stage name, Snoop Lion. Under the new moniker, he released his first reggae album, Reincarnated, and a documentary film of the same name, of his Jamaican experience, in 2013.
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