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.
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.
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.
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.
After the success of the first 'Pitch Perfect' and, more specifically, the 'Cup' song, the soundtrack for the sequel has a lot to live up to. However, there is a thing as trying to be too clever and here is a perfect example.
By trying to cram even more songs into each a cappella mash-up, some tracks just don't work without the visual aid of the movie and it becomes a race to recognize just what has been used. Two/three lines and it is on to the next song. 'Riff Off' starts off enjoyable, with a cover of 'Thong Song', but then goes through a circle of booty-complimenting tracks at a dizzying speed where it confuses and loses itself. A better example of a mash-up would be The Barden Bella's 'World Championship Finale' as you can clearly hear each tune used throughout.
The song that leads the entire soundtrack - also the lead single - is Jessie J's 'Flashlight' written by Sam Smith and Sia. By far the most memorable, it is a highlight to the album and is what will keep people coming back to listen to it. An inspirational ballad, it is by far one of Jessie J's best singles, but as the success of Anna Kendrick and 'Cups' showed, a big star isn't always needed to get radio play time. There is also a surprise performance from Snoop Dogg and Anna Kendrick, which is a nice way to break up the a cappella sound of the album. The other original track is 'Crazy Youngsters' performed by Ester Dean, which adds a modern and more 'pop' sound to the soundtrack. These 3 tracks are undeniably stand-out numbers in an otherwise very predictable album.
Snoop Lion and Snoop Dogg - Snoop Dogg celebrates his partnership with Cuca Fresca Cachaca by holding a meet and greet and cocktail party at 67 Liquor Store - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States - Tuesday 16th June 2015
Eastwood made the crack at the pre-recording of the 2015 Spike TV's Guys' Choice Awards on Saturday, but it will be edited out for broadcast.
According to USA Today, the 85 year old director and actor was introducing Dwayne Johnson to the stage when he made a remark about The Rock’s famous career switch from wrestler to actor. The joke reportedly compared his career leap to those of “Jim Brown and Caitlyn somebody”.
Snoop Dogg was upset that the Jenner story is getting more publicity than his friend Akon's humanitarian efforts in Africa.
Snoop Dogg has triggered a serious social media storm after lashing out about the recent news coverage dedicated to Caitlyn Jenner on Instagram. The rapper posted a meme which described the 65 year old reality star as a “science project”, because he felt the story was overshadowing the humanitarian efforts of his friend Akon in Africa.
He posted on Wednesday (June 3rd) with a photo caption: “Shout out to Akon! He is about to supply 600 million africans with solar power. I’m really upset that this isn’t major news but that science project Bruce Jenner is #Society.” Quickly, he faced a deluge of negative reaction branding his comments as insensitive.
Snoop Dogg caused controversy with an Instagram meme about Caitlyn Jenner
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Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams take part in question and answer session live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles. They discuss Snoop's brand new album 'Bush' which Pharrell produced.
He's just released his US R&B chart topping new album 'Bush' featuring the first single 'Peaches N Cream' which he performs live on the Honda Stage at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles with his producer Pharrell Williams.
Snoop Dogg a feminist? Say what?
Snoop Dogg claims to have reformed himself into a bit of a feminist after promising not to refer to women in derogatory terms in his new songs. That means you'll no longer be hearing the phrases b*ches, hoes, or whores in his lyrics.
Snoop Dogg says he's turning his women-insulting ways around
"Definitely, my attitude has changed towards women," he told Sky News. "I am more sensitive and more vulnerable writing-wise and accepting a woman for being a beautiful person, as opposed to me saying she is a bitch and a whore."
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The rapper would never write such lyrics now, he claims, but thinks that his early songs reflected his attitude back then and doesn't regret them.
Snoop Dogg has defended himself against accusations of sexism in his lyrics, claiming that his attitude towards women has “changed” since he first emerged onto the scene in the early ‘90s.
The iconic rap veteran, who as long ago as 2007 was branded a “misogynist” by Oprah Winfrey, was speaking to Sky News. “What's changed for me is that I have a family,” he said. “I have a different perspective and view on life, I have more concern with life. Twenty years ago I didn't have no responsibilities, I was an ex-gang member who was still affiliated with gangs. I was hard headed and didn't listen. I had nothing to live for but me.”
Snoop Dogg spoke about his past lyrics
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Who knew Snoop Dogg was a Norwich F.C. fan?
US rapper Snoop Dogg hasn’t exactly struck us in the past as a fan of English football league club Norwich F.C., but the West Coast rapper has shown his support for the team by wearing their jersey during his performance at Radio One’s Big Weekend on Saturday.
Snoop played Radio One’s Big Weekend on Saturday.
Perhaps the rapper had heard about the team’s important clash on Monday with Middlesborough at Wembley and wanted to show his support for the Canaries. Or maybe he was just trying to endear himself to the Big Weekend crowd.
Snoop Dogg isn't really someone who needs much of an introduction. He's a gangsta rap pioneer, he's released some quality albums packed with his signature laid-back swagger and polished flow, and, until 2013, he'd stayed pretty true to his defined sound. That all changed with the release of 'Reincarnated' under the name Snoop Lion. That 'reggae' album, and I use the term very loosely, was hugely disappointing, and reeked of a quick cash-in over and above a genuine tribute to a genre that has clearly been very inspiring to the Doggfather. So, when 'Bush' was announced, and along with that came the news that Pharrell Williams would be producing the entire album, a partnership that had worked fantastically with the 2004 'R&G: The Masterpiece' album, I was excited for a return to the glory days. Pharrell's talent and musical ear cannot be denied, even though I'm not personally the biggest fan of his most recent, if indeed most successful, work with last year's 'Girl' album, but surely two musicians of this calibre, given their previous track records, would collaborate to release an album that would be on repeat for weeks.
I can't say that's exactly what's happened though. I was hoping for a return to hip-hop for Snoop, following 'Reincarnated''s reggae direction, but instead he flips over to funk for the majority of 'Bush'. There are a couple of rap verses, and a couple of decent enough guest spots from a number of MCs, Kendrick Lamar's verse on 'I'm Ya Dogg' is dope, but pretty much everything contributed from Snoop Dogg on 'Bush' is sung, and although his vocals are smooth and charismatic, they're just not skilled enough to be convincing across the entirety of the album. Tracks like 'I Knew That' highlight the weaknesses in Snoop's vocal, with some of it coming across overly processed and unnatural. Sometimes it works though; the hook on 'Awake' is tasteful and well executed, the verses pale in comparison, however, with weak lyricism in the brief rap and a heavily manipulated Pharrell Williams pre-chorus vocal - and he can actually sing!
Most of the highlights on 'Bush' come on tracks where Snoop is joined by a guest. The album's opener 'California Roll', which features none other than Stevie Wonder, is a dope opener, and sets the tone of the album effectively. 'Peaches N Cream', which was also the album's first single, is a classy, funky track with an infectious vibe and a catchy hook. Snoop is joined by long term collaborator Charlie Wilson, who adds to Snoop's charismatic performance, and it includes one of the very few places he actually spits, and although lyrically his verses aren't anything that will make your jaw drop, he does sound calm and cool on the upbeat, disco-esque track. Pharrell's influence is clear, and Charlie Wilson's sophisticated, soulful vocal is a nice addition. However, although Kendrick's verse is definitely up to standard, Rick Ross' appearance on 'I'm Ya Dogg' feels rather lacklustre and, quite frankly, 'Run Away' could have done without Gwen Stefani, who just sounds out of place.
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