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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.
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.
Country star Sam Hunt invited rappers Snoop Dogg and G-Eazy and singer Bebe Rexha to perform with him during his set at the Stagecoach Music Festival on Friday (29Apr16).
The 11th annual country music festival in Indio, California kicked off Friday with the Take Your Time singer among the headliners, and he pulled out all the stops by bringing a trio of unlikely collaborators onstage with him.
Hunt first stepped aside to allow G-Eazy and Rexha to perform their hit Me, Myself & I, and Snoop followed with The Next Episode and Drop It Like It's Hot.
The foursome, nicknamed The Highlanders, then finished by performing Hunt's House Party together, before taking a group selfie with the thousands of fans in the audience.
Continue reading: Sam Hunt Performs With Snoop Dogg For Surprise Stagecoach Set
Snoop Dogg has signed up to be publicly ridiculed by a host of comedians during an upcoming roast.
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has announced the creation of the All Def Roast, a new series under his All Def Digital (ADD) media platform, and he is partnering with Snoop and his cannabis lifestyle media platform Merry Jane to kick off the new project.
The Drop It Like It's Hot star will be the first "honouree" at the roast.
"Over the years, I have roasted several entertainers and friends and now it’s my turn to be in the hot seat," Snoop Dogg announced in a new statement. "I've got mad love for what Russell has done with All Def Digital and am looking forward to seeing what ADD and MERRY JANE have up their sleeves for my roast. And as they say, 'if you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen'."
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg To Be Roasted In New Comedy Special
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Stars including Lamar Odom and Jack Nicholson featured in a tribute video for Kobe Bryant ahead of the sportsman's final game on Wednesday night (13Apr16) before retiring from professional basketball.
The American sporting legend played his final game for The Los Angeles Lakers at the city's Staples Center.
Hundreds of avid fans of the 37-year-old player flooded into the venue to support him as he wore his Lakers vest for the final time, including celebrities such as Jack, Jay Z, Kanye West, David Beckham, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Adam Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo and The Weeknd.
Prior to the game, a tribute video was played which featured many of Kobe's teammates old and new, including Lamar. The footage marked the first time Lamar has been seen speaking publicly since his health battle last year (15) after being found unconscious in a Las Vegas brothel.
Continue reading: Kobe Bryant Given Star-studded Send Off At Final Game
Snoop Dogg has slammed Arnold Schwarzenegger as a racist and a "punk" for sanctioning the early prison release of the son of one of his political allies.
As one of his final acts as Governor of California in 2011, the Terminator star agreed to commute Esteban Nunez's 16-year sentence for manslaughter.
The decision to cut Nunez's punishment to just seven years for the stabbing death of student Luis Santos in 2008 caused controversy at the time, as the convicted killer's father was California State Assembly speaker Fabian Nunez, a close friend of Schwarzenegger's.
Fabian subsequently admitted to using his influence with the actor-turned-Governor to help his son, and on Sunday (10Apr16), Esteban, now 27, walked free from prison. He will serve three years on supervised parole.
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Blasts Arnold Schwarzenegger Over Prisoner's Early Release
R&B singer-songwriter Leon Haywood died on Tuesday (05Apr16) aged 74.
The soul star passed away in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles, his godson Darnell 'OG Suicide' Price told the Associated Press.
Haywood was perhaps most famous for his 1975 single I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You, which was sampled by several stars, including Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg on their 1992 classic track Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang.
However, Haywood had begun his career long before releasing that track - starting as a blues musician. He performed with stars including Big Jay MCNeely and Guitar Slim before moving into R&B and funk. He found success in the R&B field with his 1967 song It's Got to be Mellow, before continuing to have hit after hit in the '70s with tracks such as Strokin', Come and Get Yourself Some, and Keep It in the Family. His highest charting single was Don't Push It Don't Force It, reaching the number two spot on the 1980 R&B charts.
Continue reading: R&b Star Leon Haywood Dies
Snoop Dogg has offered to save beloved Los Angeles restaurant chain Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles from bankruptcy.
Bosses at East Coast Foods, which owns the popular California soul food chain, recently filed for bankruptcy and the Gun & Juice was stunned to hear the news that one of his favourite eateries could possibly shutter.
On Monday (04Apr16), the California native was confronted by photographers at TMZ.com about Roscoe's financial status, and he clearly had no idea the news, saying, "What happened? Bankruptcy? No they didn't! Guess I'm gonna have to buy it man, and make it Snoop Dogg's Chicken and Waffles."
And when asked about his comments during an appearance on U.S. chat show The Talk on Tuesday (05Apr16), the hip-hop mogul didn't back down from his offer, saying, "I was very serious. It's necessary. It's a great spot to eat at and it's been a part of my career since I've been making records. It's a memorial spot that needs to be kept alive."
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Offers To Save Restaurant Chain From Bankruptcy
Rapper The Game is going green as the spokesman for a new cannabis product line.
The Dreams hitmaker has teamed up with bosses at G FarmaBrands, a marijuana-based company which serves more than 700 dispensaries throughout California.
The Game, real name Jayceon Taylor, is the brand ambassador for G FarmaBrands' new G Drinks line, which are lemonade beverages infused with the company's Liquid Gold cannabis oil, and G Stiks, cone-shaped cannabis cigarettes crafted to match The Game's personal tastes.
"These guys are the pioneers of innovation in the cannabis industry," The Game said in a statement announcing his latest business venture. "I'm excited to help raise awareness for G Stiks and G Drinks in all territories that we are available."
Continue reading: The Game Fronting New Cannabis Line
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Notorious B.I.G.'s widow Faith Evans is working on bringing the tragic rapper back to life as a hologram.
The Juicy hitmaker, real name Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles in 1997, aged just 24.
Now his former wife, R&B singer Faith, is working on a number of projects to keep his memory alive, including her previously-announced duets album, The King & I, which is expected to be released this September (16).
During a new interview on the Dame Dash Radio Show, Faith revealed the recording is in its "finishing stages", admitting she is surprised at how well the songs are turning out with the help of modern technology.
Continue reading: Faith Evans Working On Biggie Hologram
Rapper Snoop Dogg will be inducted into the World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) Hall of Fame this weekend (02-03Apr16).
The Gin and Juice star has appeared on WWE TV several times over the years and this weekend he will join other celebrities, including former boxer Mike Tyson, U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump, actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Mr T as an honouree.
Wrestlers Sting, The Big Boss Man, The Godfather, Stan Hansen, Jacqueline and the Fabulous Freebirds will also be honoured.
"As reported first on Ross Report, @SnoopDogg headed to the @WWE HOF," announcer Jim Ross writes on Twitter.com. "The celeb wing is smokin'! Congrats, Snoop!"
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg To Be Inducted Into Wrestling Hall Of Fame
Snoop Dogg has become a viral video star after launching his new nature-based webseries, Planet Snoop.
The Gin and Juice star unveiled the first episode, titled Squirrel vs. Snake, on Friday (25Mar16) on his cannabis and culture website, Merry Jane.
In the clip, the rapper colourfully narrates a showdown between a squirrel and a snake, and hedges his bets in favour of the reptile. During the bout, Snoop says, "This squirrel is hard. What gang he from?... If he can bust a nut, you know he can bust a snake head open, no problem!"
The new webseries was inspired by Plizzanet Earth, the comedy segments the hip-hop star took part in for U.S. chat show Jimmy Kimmel Live. In the bit, he reacted to clips from hit BBC nature documentary Planet Earth, and the videos became so popular that a petition to have Snoop narrate an entire season of the show garnered more than 65,000 signatures, paving the way for Planet Snoop.
Continue reading: Snoop Dogg Launches Nature Webseries
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