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Snoop Dogg (previously known as Snoop Dogg, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., 20.10.1972)
Snoop Dogg is an American, Grammy Award-nominated American rapper, record producer and actor.
Snoop Dogg: Childhood
Snoop Dogg was born to Beverly Tate and Vernell Varnado and raised Long Beach, California, though it has been reported that he was originally from Mississippi.
His performing life began at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and he started rapping when he was in sixth grade.
As a teen, Snoop Dogg was convicted of cocaine trafficking and sentenced to sixth months in Wayside County Jail. He was a member of the Crips gang and became involved in a number of criminal activities that caused him to be in and out of jail for a few years after he graduated from high school.
Snoop pursued music after making a number of homemade tapes with his cousin, Nate Dogg and his best friend Warren G (Dr. Dre's stepbrother). Dre heard a mixtape that featured Snoop rapping over En Vogue's 'Hold On' and invited Snoop to an audition.
Snoop Dogg: Musical Breakthrough
Snoop Dogg collaborated with Dr. Dre on the Deep Cover film soundtrack and on Dre's debut album The Chronic, along with the rest of Snoop's group at the time, Tha Dogg Pound.
Snoop Dogg began recording Doggystyle in August 1993. During this time he was arrested in connection with the murder of a rival gang member, Philip Woldermarian. Snoop was acquitted of all charges.
Doggystyle was released in November 1993 by Death Row Records. It became the first debut album to enter the charts at the top spot but gangsta rap became a watchword for the debate on censorship and Snoop Dogg's music was often cited as violent and misogynistic.
Snoop Dogg's second album, Tha Doggfather was recorded and released amid, and despite of, the turmoil that surrounded the American rap scene. Dr. Dre had left Death Row following a contractual dispute, leaving Snoop to co-produce his second album with Daz Dilinger and DJ Pooh. In addition to this, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg's label-mate and good friend had been killed by a gunshot and Suge Knight (Death Row's co-founder) had been indicted for racketeering. Angry at his contractual ties to Death Row, Snoop refused to release any more tracks until the contract expired, except for the 'Fuck Death Row' single.
Snoop Dogg's third album, Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told was Snoop's first album on No Limit, released in 1998. It featured a number of No Limit artists and was produced by Beats By The Pound.
No Limit Top Dogg saw Snoop reunited with Dre and was a commercial and critical success. The next album; his last on No Limit, was Tha Last Meal.
Following Tha Last Meal, Snoop returned to working with Warren G and Nate Dogg, releasing an album entitled The Hard Way. The single 'Groupie Luv' helped propel the album to number four in the Billboard chart.
Snoop's next album, released on Capitol, was Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$. The single 'Beautiful' featured Pharell Williams.
Snoop signed to Geffen Records/Star Trak Entertainment in 2004. The Neptunes produced a number of tracks for Snoop Dogg, including 'Drop It Like It's Hot', from his album R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The single was his first to reach number one. 'Signs', which featured Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson went to number two.
Snoop Dogg's music can be found on a number of West Coast rap records, such as Ice Cube's Laugh Now Cry Later, Tha Dogg Pound's Cali Iz Active and 'Gangsta Walk', a collaboration with Coolio.
In 2005, Snoop Dogg released That Blue Carpet Treatment which debuted at number five. 'That's That Shit', featuring R.Kelly was the most successful single from the album.
Snoop Dogg: Screen Career
2000's Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle was a pornographic movie produced by Hustler. Its success prompted Snoop to adopt the moniker 'Snoop Scorcese' and direct Snoop Dogg's Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp.
Snoop went on to host his own MTV sketch show, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle.
23rd July 2014 -
Snoop Dogg has joined Willie Nelson as weed-loving musicians who have smoked in the White House if his online show, ‘GGN: The Double G News Network’ is to be believed. Well, Nelson actually puffed marijuana...
4th July 2014 -
Having released his debut album 'Forget the World' earlier this year through Universal and Def Jam, Afrojack unveils the video for his latest single 'Dynamite' featuring Snoop Dogg. The album also featured collaborations with Chris...
10th June 2014 -
In one of the oddest collaborations since Nelly gave country artist Tim McGraw a call and asked to bring his Louisiana drawl to the R&B track “Over And Over”, Snoop Dogg has teamed up with...
10th June 2014 -
One of music's unlikeliest collaborations has just released a music video.The South Korean sensation, PSY, teams up with rap legend Snoop Dogg to deliver a non-stop partying music video for their latest track 'Hangover.'PSY's latest...
9th June 2014 -
'Hangover' featuring Snoop Dogg is the follow-up single to Psy's previous release 'Gentleman' and features alongside a typically hilarious new video. The track is due to feature on his forthcoming new album which has yet...
30th May 2014 -
Snoop Dogg has offered his voice to a growing cry of outrage in the USA against gun violence. In the wake of the recent mass shooting in California, the rapper has rallied his peers in...
16th May 2014 -
The organisers of Manchester's Parklife festival have apologised after sending out marketing SMS messages to festivalgoers, claiming to be from the recipients' mothers. "Some of the Parklife after parties have already sold out. If your...
29th April 2014 -
Hip hop artist Rodney Bryce, who was most famous under the name DJ E-Z Rock, passed away this Sunday at aged 46. The rapper’s death was confirmed by his friend and collaborator Rob Base, the...
23rd April 2014 -
Don't worry Brian Williams, Snoop Dogg doesn't mind your questionable rendition of his 1994 hit 'Gin And Juice.'The 42 year-old rapper must have seen the NBC news anchor's appearance in Jimmy Fallon's latest mash-up montage...
22nd April 2014 -
Brian Williams has become the latest celebrity to be featured in a comedy sequence on Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show. The 54 year-old NBC anchor unwittingly starred in the comedian and TV host's mash-up montage...
14th March 2014 -
Just days after Lindsay Lohan allegedly released a list of her famous bedroom partners, Seth Rogen has revealed all the Hollywood stars that have joined him for a premium pot-smoking session. Rogen - the star...
11th March 2014 -
Kesha has dropped the $ from her name, apparently in a bid to start afresh since leaving rehab. Kesha had checked into the Timberline Knolls Treatment Center to receive treatment for eating disorders and has...
7th March 2014 -
The Academy Awards drew its biggest TV audience in more than a decade on Sunday night, as the Oscars were shared by a variety of hit films and performances. Ellen Degeneres hosted the ceremony, giving...
5th March 2014 -
DJ Peanut Butter Wolf set up independent LA label Stones Throw Records in 1996 and it has since released a string of critically acclaimed artists that have helped to shape the music industry. Current artists...
3rd March 2014 -
Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion returns to the UK to play O2 Academy Brixton on Thursday 5th June. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 28th February priced £35 (subject to per-ticket charge plus...
28th December 2013 -
The Obama administration has seen some unlikely celebrity allies rub shoulders with the political elite, yet the recent encounter between Secretary of State John Kerry and Snoop Lion, aka Snoop Doggy Dogg, aka Snoopzilla, might...
18th November 2013 -
Justin Bieber fancies himself as a dandy from the Roaring Twenties it seems, as the Canadian singer has reportedly compared his latest party to being like something right out the page of a F. Scott...
17th October 2013 -
Whizzy and superficial, this isn't the most complicated animated film ever made, but it's a lot of fun if you can buy into its silly premise about a snail who moves at super-fast speed. Aside...
14th October 2013 -
This summer may have been a great season for festivals everywhere, but SnowGlobe Music Festival 2013 proves that you don't need warm weather to have a sensational musical experience.The beautiful city of South Lake Tahoe,...
11th October 2013 -
In this world of viral marketing – see our top marketing spoofs and virals to rival the latest Carrie prank – there are a few cheats. One of them is to get the world’s biggest...
11th October 2013 -
Believe it or not, but Kate Upton look really good in spandex pants. Hard to believe right? Personal trainer to the stars, David Kirsch uploaded a few snaps of the blonde bombshell on to his...
30th September 2013 -
Snoop Dogg’s son, Cordell Broadus, isn’t normally the headline grabbing type, but the Four-star high school wide receiver got a lot of attention recently, after voicing his support for the firing of USC coach Lane...
11th September 2013 -
Q: What do you get if you leave 55,000 people on the Isle Of Wight for four days in September?A: Possibly the messiest weekend of excess on the UK's summer festival calendar.Having become the official...
11th September 2013 -
Arsenio Hall has picked up where he left off nearly two decades ago on his late night entertainment show, The Arsenio Hall Show, which has been revived via syndication for a new generation after the...
9th September 2013 -
Bestival drew to a close last night (8th Sep) as thousands of revellers - dressed in their finest ocean-themed gear - celebrated the ten year anniversary of the annual fancy dress and performing arts event....
8th September 2013 -
Snoop Dogg and Franz Ferdinand dominated Saturday at Bestival on the Isle of Wight. Festival goers enjoyed a rare bit of sunshine yesterday (September 7) and Snoop Dogg performed a set, featuring some of his...
5th September 2013 -
Snoop Dogg may be famed for for his fantabul-izzle rap skills but it seems he's turned his full attention to the rhythmic rolls of reggae for a brand new song with actor Eddie Murphy. Under...
28th August 2013 -
Joe Francis, the creator of adult entertainment franchise Girls Gone Wild, was sentenced yesterday (27th August) to 270 days in jail and three years' probation after assaulting a woman in 2011. He will also be...
30th July 2013 -
Snoop Lion continues to collaborate with female stars following works with Miley Cyrus, Rita Ora and Robyn, and now joins Polish singer Iza on the audio for his track 'The Good Good' that features on...
19th July 2013 -
Calling all copy editors: Jay-Z has dropped the hyphen from his name and will, forever more, be known as...Jay Z! The news comes from the Holy Grail rapper's Roc Nation label, who reportedly informed Billboard...
Bill Murray probably knew it was time to crash another birthday party and send the internet...
The British music industry contributed £3.8 billion to the UK economy in 2013...
Legendary entertainer Barbra Streisand is back on the music scene with a...
For the first time ever, fans of the beloved singer Whitney Houston will get...
During the 66th Emmy Awards on August 25, 2014, Billy Crystal had the...
'The Avengers' actor Tom Hiddleston has just landed another huge movie role...
Cara Delevingne isn't just going to dominate the fashion and modelling world, the...
Leonardo DiCaprio has earned many awards and honours throughout his...