Snoop Dogg (Snoop Lion)

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. known by his stage names Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg, and more recently Snoop Lion.

Snoop Dogg is an American rapper, singer, song writer, and an actor, born on October 20, 1971. He was born in Long Beach, California, the second of three sons. He was named after his stepfather, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Sr. his mother is Beverly Broadus (nee Tate).

Snoop’s father, Vernall Varnado, was a Vietnam Veteran, singer and mail carrier. As a boy, his parents nicknamed him “Snoopy” because of his appearance.

Snoop is first cousin of R&B Singers Brandy and Ray J.

He started singing at an early age in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and playing piano, when he was in sixth grade, he began rapping. He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School.

As a teenager, Snoop Dogg frequently ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin’ 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach, although he stated in 1993 that he never joined a gang.

Shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, and the following three years was frequently in and out of prison.

He started his music professionally in 1992 and have since sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

Snoop Dogg was discovered by Dr. Dre in 1992. He collaborated on Dre’s solo debut “The Chronic”, and on the theme song to the feature film Deep Cover.
Snoop’s debut album, “Doggy Style” was released in 1993 under “Death Row Records”. The album sold almost a million copies in the first week of its release. In 2004 the album was certified 4X Platinum. Its major hit singles are “What’s My Name” and “Gin & Juice”

In 1994, Snoop released a sound track on Death Row Records for the short film “Murder Was The Case”, starring himself.

His second album was released in 1996; the title was “Tha Doggfather”. The album was certified double platinum in 1997.

After leaving Death Row, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums; Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told (1998), No Limit Top Dogg (1999), and Tha Meal (2000).

He joined Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002 where he released “Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss”. He then signed with Geffeu Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, The Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin”. Malice ‘n Wonderland (2009) and Doggumentary (2011).

Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several Television shows including, Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark.
He also coaches a youth football league and high school football team.

In 2009, he was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority records.

In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and new alias, Snoop Lion. Under the new moniker, he released a reggae album, “Reincarnated” and a documentary film of the same name, of his Jamaican experience, in early 2013.

Snoop Dogg married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor, on June 12, 1997. In May 2004 he filed for divorce from Shante, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple renewed their wedding vows on January 12, 2008. They have three children together: Sons Corde (born 1994) and Cordell (born 1997), and daughter Cori (born 1999).

Since his career started, Snoop has been an avowed marijuana smoker, making it one trademark of his image. In 2002, he announced he was giving up marijuana for good; however, that would not last long and in 2013 he claimed to be smoking approximately 80 marijuana blunts a day. He has been certified for medical marijuana in California to treat migraines since at least 2007.


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