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.
The amount was well above the legal limit that can be transported across EU borders undeclared.
Less than a week after being stopped by police in Sweden, rapper Snoop Dogg has reportedly had another run-in with European authorities. According to news agency ANSA the rapper was stopped on Saturday by financial police in southern Italy while carrying $422,000 in cash.
Snoop Dogg was stopped by customs officers in Italy.
Snoop is currently on a tour of Europe, having played in Calabria on Friday night and he is scheduled to perform Sunday at the Kendal Calling Festival in England. According to his lawyer Andrea Parisi, Snoop will have to pay a fine over the incident.
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Snoop Lion and Snoop Dogg - Snoop Dogg performing live on stage at Arenile Reload where he was given a suspect cigarette from a fan which he placed behind his ear - Naples, Italy - Monday 27th July 2015
The disgruntled rapper has documented his experience of being arrested in Sweden on suspicion of using illegal drugs.
Finding himself under arrest was the last thing Snoop Dogg expected after performing on stage in the city of Uppsala, Sweden. Following a concert on Saturday (25 July), the rapper was pulled over by Swedish police on suspicion of using illegal drugs, reports The Guardian.
Snoop had a run-in with the police in Sweden
"Police carrying out roadside controls noticed that Snoop Dogg seemed to be under the influence of narcotics. He was arrested and taken to the police station to take a urine test,” said spokesman Daniel Nilsson.
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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.
Date of birth
20th October, 1971