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Biography for Snoop DoggCordazar Calvin Broadus (born Oct. 20, 1971 (42 years ago)), better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is a Grammy Award-nominated American rapper, record producer, and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of producer Dr. Dre's most notable protégés. He popularized the catch phrase suffix "-izzle," a slang term or infix that had been in use for decades, but not nearly to the extent that it currently permeates the pop and hip hop music industry as well as general usage.
Snoop Dogg was a Crip gang member while in high school; shortly after graduation, he was arrested for cocaine possession and sentenced to three years in prison, then began his music career in 1992 (21 years ago) after his release. He was discovered by Dr. Dre and collaborated on several tracks on Dre's solo debut, The Chronic and on the titular theme song to the movie Deep Cover. Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 (20 years ago) under Death Row Records. Doggystyle went quadruple platinum and spawned several hit singles "What's My Name" and "Gin & Juice."
In 1996 (17 years ago), Snoop Dogg was cleared of charges over his bodyguard's 1993 (20 years ago) murder of Phillip Woldemariam. His second album, 1996's Tha Doggfather, was his last release for Death Row before he signed with No Limit Records, with whom he recorded three albums from 1998 (15 years ago) to 2001 (12 years ago). Snoop then joined Capitol Records in 2002 (11 years ago) for his album Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss, and then to Geffen Records in 2004 (9 years ago) for his next three albums. He also joined forces with his cousin Nate Dogg and rapper Warren G as the supergroup 213 for an album in 2004 (9 years ago).
In addition to music, Snoop Dogg has also starred in motion pictures (wallpaper) and hosted several TV shows: Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth football league and high school football team. Snoop Dogg has also run into many legal troubles, some of which caused him to be legally banned from the UK and Australia. He is the cousin of rappers Nate Dogg, Daz Dillinger, RBX and Lil' Half Dead and the cousin of R&B singers Brandy and Ray J.
Early lifeCalvin Broadus was born at the Los Altos Hospital in Long Beach, California, the second of three sons born to Beverly Broadus. His father, Vernall Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran, singer, and mail carrier who Calvin says was frequently absent from his life. Calvin's parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" as a child because of his appearance and usually referred to him as Calvin at home. At an early age, Calvin Broadus began singing in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and playing piano; when he was in sixth grade, he began rapping. He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, then transferred to Jordan High School, and was convicted for cocaine trafficking and served six months at the Wayside County Jail. Snoop Dogg was a member of the Rollin' 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach. Snoop Dogg's conviction caused him to be in and out of prison for the first three years after he graduated from high school. Snoop, along with his cousins Nate Dogg and Lil Half Dead, and friend Warren G recorded home made tapes as a group called 213, named after the Long Beach area code at the time. One of his early solo freestyles over En Vogue's "Hold on" had made it to a mixtape which was heard by influential producer Dr. Dre, who phoned to invite him to an audition. Former N.W.A member The D.O.C. taught him how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses, hooks and chorus.
Personal lifeBroadus's father left the family when Broadus was 3 months old. Snoop married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor, on Jun. 12, 1997 (16 years ago). On May 21, 2004 (9 years ago), he filed for divorce from Shante, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple renewed their wedding vows on Jan. 12, 2008 (5 years ago). R&B singer Brandy is his first cousin. In 2002 (11 years ago), the rapper announced he was giving up marijuana, one of his image (wallpaper) trademarks, for good , though this did not last long.
Snoop is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan, which is mainly due to his affiliation to the 'Rollin 20's Crips' who also sport the Pittsburgh jersey as their neighborhood emblem, and is often seen wearing Pittsburgh Steelers apparel in his music videos. One of his sons had played for a Pittsburgh Steelers team for kids. Snoop has mentioned that his love for the Steelers began in the 1970 (43 years ago) during the team's dynasty years while watching the team with his grandfather growing up in L.A. In the 2005 (8 years ago) offseason, Snoop mentioned that he wanted to be an NFL head coach, "probably for the Steelers". The following year, he was in attendance for the Steelers' victory in Super Bowl XL and later in Super Bowl XLIII. He was also somewhat a fan of the Oakland Raiders and Dallas Cowboys, often wearing a #5 jersey, and has been seen in Raiders training camps. He did his own free style rap based on his similarities with Tony Romo. He has also shown some affection for the New England Patriots, as he has been seen performing at the Gillette Stadium and picked the Patriots as the favorite to win Super Bowl XXXIX against the Eagles. On Aug. 6, 2009 (4 years ago), Snoop visited the training camp of the Baltimore Ravens at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He was invited by Ray Lewis the day after his concert at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland.
A certified football coach, Snoop Dogg has been head coach for his son's youth football teams and the John A. Rowland High School team.
Snoop Dogg has shown he is an avid hockey fan by sporting a Pittsburgh Penguins (9 walls) Jersey (with the name and number 'GIN AND JUICE' 94 on the back) and a jersey of the now-defunct Springfield (MA) Indians of the American Hockey League in his 1994 (19 years ago) music video, "Gin And Juice". Also the E! show,“Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood", featured Snoop Dogg and his family receiving lessons on playing hockey from the NHL Anaheim Ducks, then returning to the Honda Center (Home of the Anaheim Ducks) to cheer on the Ducks against the Vancouver Canucks in the episode, “Snow in da Hood”.
In Aug. 2008 (5 years ago), Snoop Dogg announced the launch of a new streetwear line called Rich & Infamous, via a partnership with Robert Thorne Co. The line, which is aimed toward males ages 18 to 35, was unveiled during the Magic tradeshow in Las Vegas.
In 2009 (4 years ago), it was revealed that Snoop Dogg was a member of the Nation of Islam. On Mar. 1, 2009 (4 years ago), he made an appearance at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours Day convention, where he praised controversial minister Louis Farrakhan. Snoop claimed to be a member of the Nation of Islam, but declined to give the date on which he joined. He also donated $1,000 to the organization.
Music careerDeath Row Records years (1992-97)
When he began recording, Broadus took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dr. Dre began working with Snoop Dogg, first on the theme song of the 1992 (21 years ago) movie Deep Cover, and then on Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic with the other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound. The huge success of Snoop Dogg's debut Doggystyle was partially due to this intense exposure.
To fuel the ascendance of West Coast "G-funk" rap, the singles "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Gin and Juice" reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months. Gangsta rap became the center of arguments for censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians. Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg and others. His video "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" with 2Pac chronicled the difficulties each rapper was dealing with as a result of their unrelated but concurrent criminal prosecutions. Rolling Stone music critic Touré asserted that Snoop had a relatively soft vocal delivery compared to other rappers: "Snoop's vocal style is part of what distinguishes him: where many rappers scream, figuratively and literally, he speaks softly."
A short movie about Snoop Dogg's murder trial called Murder Was The Case, was released in 1994 (19 years ago), along with an accompanying soundtrack. However, by the time Snoop Dogg's second album, Tha Doggfather, was released in Nov. 1996 (17 years ago), the price of living (or sometimes just imitating) the "gangsta" life had become very evident. Among the many notable rap industry deaths and convictions were the death of Snoop Dogg's friend and labelmate 2Pac and the racketeering indictment of Death Row co-founder Suge Knight. Dr. Dre had left Death Row earlier in 1996 (17 years ago) due to a contract dispute, so Snoop Dogg co-produced Tha Doggfather with Daz Dillinger and DJ Pooh.
This album featured a distinct change of style as compared to Doggystyle, and the leadoff single, "Snoop's Upside Ya Head," featured a collaboration with Gap Band frontman Charlie Wilson. While the album sold reasonably well, it was not as successful as its predecessor, and it was widely believed that its quality suffered from Dr. Dre's lack of involvement. However, Tha Doggfather had a somewhat softer approach to the G-funk style. The immediate aftermath of Dr. Dre's withdrawal from Death Row Records, realizing that he was subject to an iron clad time-based contract (i.e., that Death Row practically owned anything he produced for a number of years), Snoop Dogg refused to produce any more tracks for Suge Knight, other than the insulting "Fuck Death Row," until his contract expired.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of allmusic said that after Tha Doggfather, Snoop Dogg began "moving away from his gangsta roots toward a calmer lyrical aesthetic"; for instance, Snoop participated in the 1997 (16 years ago) Lollapalooza concert tour, which featured mainly alternative rock music. Troy J. Augusto of Variety noticed that Snoop's set at Lollapalooza attracted "much dancing, and, strangely, even a small mosh pit" in the audience.
No Limit and Capitol years (1998–2003)
Snoop signed to Master P's No Limit Records in 1998 (15 years ago) and debuted on the label with Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told that year. His other albums under No Limit were No Limit Top Dogg in 1999 (14 years ago) and Tha Last Meal in 2000 (13 years ago). In 2001 (12 years ago), his autobiography, Tha Doggfather, was published.
In 2002 (11 years ago) he released the album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, on Capitol Records which featured the hit singles and videos "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" and "Beautiful" featuring guest vocals by Pharrell.
Geffen Years (2004–present)
In 2004 (9 years ago), Snoop signed to Geffen Records/Star Trak Entertainment both of which are distributed through Interscope Records; Star Trak is headed by the Neptunes, who produced several tracks for Snoop's 2004 (9 years ago) release R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. "Drop It Like It's Hot" (featuring Pharrell), the first single released from the album, was a hit and became Snoop Dogg's first single to reach number one. His third release was "Signs", featuring Justin Timberlake (11 walls) & Charlie Wilson, which entered the UK chart at #2. This was his highest entry ever in the UK chart. The album sold very well, and most of its singles were heavily played on radio and TV. Snoop Dogg joined Warren G and Nate Dogg to form the group 213 and released album The Hard Way in 2004 (9 years ago). Debuting at #4 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, it included single "Groupie Luv".
Snoop Dogg's appeared on two tracks from Ice Cube's 2006 (7 years ago) album Laugh Now, Cry Later, including the single "Go to Church", and on several tracks on Tha Dogg Pound's Cali Iz Active the same year. Also, his latest song, "Real Talk", was leaked over the Internet in the summer of 2006 (7 years ago) and a video was later released on the Internet. "Real Talk" was a dedication to Tookie Williams and a diss to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Two other singles on which Snoop made a guest performance were "Keep Bouncing" by Too $hort (also with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas) and "Gangsta Walk" by Coolio.
Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Snoop's album for 2006 (7 years ago), debuted on the Billboard 200 at #5. The album, and the second single "That's That Shit" featuring R. Kelly were well-received by critics. In the album, he collaborated in a video with E-40 and other West Coast rappers for his single "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)".
In Jul. 2007 (6 years ago), Snoop Dogg also made history by becoming the first artist to release a track as a ringtone prior to its release as a single, "It's the D.O.G.". On Jul. 7 2007 (6 years ago) Snoop Dogg performed at the Live Earth concert, Hamburg.
Snoop Dogg has recently ventured into singing for Bollywood with his first ever rap for an Indian movie Singh Is Kinng; the title of the song is also Singh is Kinng. The album featuring the song was released on Jun. 8, 2008 (5 years ago) on Junglee Music Records.
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