Snoop Dogg

December 19, 2017

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. also known professionally as (Snoop Dogg) was born on October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, CA. He is a rapper, singer, songwriter, and actor. He officially started his rapping career in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre and was featured on his solo debut album; The Chronic. Snoop Dogg used this as a launch for his own career. Since then he has sold over 23 million albums in the U.S and 35 million albums worldwide. Snoop has also been nominated for a Grammy 17 times but has never won. He was also inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame.

Snoop Dogg in highschool (left) cmopared to Snoop Dogg now (right)

Snoop Dogg was the second of 3 sons. He got his nickname from his family when he was just a boy; the would call him (Snoopy) because of how he looks. His mom and step-father were divorced in 1975. He started singing and playing the piano at a very young age, at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. He began rapping in the 6 grade. Sadly, Snoop Dogg’s dad left him at a very, very young age; he left him when he was only 3 months. He would get in trouble with the law a lot, being part of the Rollin’ 20 Crips in the Eastside area of Long Beach. He was arrested shortly after graduating college, for possession of Cocaine and was in and out of jail for about 3 or 4 years. Along with his cousins; Nate Dogg, Lil 1/2 Dead, and best friend; Warren G. They made a rap group called 213  which which was at the time the Long Beach area code.

When he first started his musical career, his name was Snoop Doggy Dogg. As I mentioned, he was featured in Dr. Dre’s solo debut album; The Chronic. With that album, he also released his own album named; Doggystyle. Two of the singles in that album made it to the top-ten most played songs in the United States and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for many months. As well as my other article of Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg was many times used as an example of being misogynistic. On July 6, 1995, Snoop Dogg created his own rapping label called; Doggy Style Records Inc. He has also worked with Tupac Shakur, and both of them made a single named; 2 of Amerikas Most Wanted. Sadly, this was the last song Tupac ever made, because he died about 4 months after he released this song. Snoop Dogg was part of Death Row Record’s. After Dr. Dre left Death Row in 1996, Snoop Dogg co-produced the album; Tha Doggfather.

In 2002, he released the album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, on Priority/Capitol/EMI, selling over 1,300,000 copies. The album featured the hit singles “From tha Chuuuch to da Palace” and “Beautiful”, featuring Pharrell Williams. By this stage in his career, Snoop Dogg had left behind his “gangster” image and embraced a “pimp” image. His success continued all over the world. His single; Signs, which featured Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, entere the UK chart at Number 2. This was his highest entry ever in the UK chart. This single sold roughly 1,724,000 copies only in the U.S. He also released a song called; Real Talk, which was a dedication to former Crips leader, Stanley “Tookie”Williams. It was also a diss to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

On July 31, 2012, Snoop Dogg announced that he will be using a new stage name; Snoop Lion. He told reporters that

Snoop Dogg as Snoop Lion

he was rechristened by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica. He released a few reggae singles under the name of Snoop Lion. Such as; La La La, No Guns Allowed, Ashtrays and Heartbreaks, and, Harder Times. He has also changed his name to; DJ Snoopadelic, which supposedly was influenced by George Clinton’s; Funkadelic.  He sp0ke to reporters and said that no matter what name he has, his goal is to make music that is timeless and that “bangs”.

Snoop Dogg married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor on June 12, 1997. The he filed for divorce on May 21, 2004, because supposedly according to Snoop, they had irreconcilable differences. That means they couldn’t find peace and couldn’t be in harmony together. About 3 years later, they renewed their wedding vows, and are still together to this day. Together they had 3 children; Cordé, Cordell and Cori. Since the start of his career, Snoop Dogg has been known for smoking weed, its one of the trademark’s of his image. In 2002, he announced to the public, that he was going to give up smoking. But that did not last long, because in 2013 he announced he would smoke approximately 80 blunts a day. The thing is, he has been certified for weed in California to treat migraines since at least 2007.

I know this article is long, and i’m sorry for that but his life is really interesting. In conclusion, Snoop Dogg is a very good rapper. He has won a lot of fame in a…. not so long amount of time. He is one of the best rappers of all time. Many people still listen to his music. That’s how good his music is, he made this music about 20 years ago, and people still listen to it. He is very involved in charity and stuff, and that’s one of the many reasons why he is a very good person. Although he has been in and out of jail for while for; drug possession, possession of firearm, etc, he is still a very good guy.

 

 

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