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Snoop Dogg

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Snoop Dogg Biography

Born Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, California, the eccentric rapper was nicknamed Snoop by his mother because of his appearance. He took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg (later changed to Snoop Dogg) when he began recording. As a teenager on the streets of Long Beach, Snoop was always in some sort of trouble, and after graduating from high school, he served three years in prison for possession of cocaine. Like most rappers that walked the streets of the late 80s and the early 90s though, Snoop soon found an escape from crime through his musical talents, recording homemade tapes with friend Warren G, who was also related to the infamous Dr. Dre. After Warren introduced Snoop, Dre was instantly impressed with the young rappers unique style and menacing appearance, urging him to tag along on his next album, The Chronic. As a major player on Dres debut solo album, Snoop set the groundwork for his own release, but after he was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting, his highly anticipated album was put on hold. He first appeared in 1990 when helping out Dr Dre on a track called 'Deep Cover', from the film of the same title. Dogg was also ubiquitious on Dr Dre's breakthrough album, The Chronic. In '93 Snoop came out with his first solo-album, Doggystyle. Doggy Style was the most eagerly anticipated album in rap history, and the first debut album to enter the Billboard chart at number 1. In '95 Snoop was suspected on the murder of Philip Woldermariam, shot by his bodyguard McKinley Lee, while Snoop was driving the car. The verdict on February 20 1996 acquitted Dogg and McKinley Lee of both murder charges and the manslaughter cases were dropped in April. The trial had not overtly damaged his record sales; his debut has now topped 7 million copies worldwide, and the follow up Tha Doggfather entered the USA album chart at number 1. But in March '98 he left Deathrow Records and he moved to Master P.'s No Limit Records. He released his third album Da game is to be sold, not to be told in August and he is busy with his fourth solo-album Top Dogg.

Snoop Dogg Awards

YearAwardCategoryForResult
2013 Grammy Awards Best Rap Song Shared with: Nominated
2012 Beverly Hills Film Festival Best Documentary Uprising: Hip Hop and the LA Riots (2012). Won
2011 Grammy Awards Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals Shared with Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
2009 Grammy Awards Best Rap Solo Performance Nominated

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Snoop Dogg Trivia

  • Will star in and executive produce COACH SNOOP, a feature based on his real-life experience as coach of his young son's football team. (December 13, 2004)
  • His R&G (Rhythm and Gangsta) album has been pushed forward to November 16th due to heavy bootlegging. (November 6, 2004)
  • Will remix The Doors' Riders on the Storm for video game Need for Speed Underground 2. (October 29, 2004
  • Is seeking a divorce from his wife of seven years, citing irreconcilable differences. (May 25, 2004)
  • Featured in Linkin Park's third Projekt Revolution tour from late July into September. (2004)
  • A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing rap star Snoop Dogg of including a message left on his answering machine in a song without permission. (February 3, 2004)
  • Snoop Dogg and MTV are facing a lawsuit from actress Doris Burns who claims she has suffered emotional and physical distress as a direct result of her appearance on MTV's irreverent sketch comedy show Doggy Fizzle Televizzle – Burns says that her stint on Doggy Fizzle Televizzle was unfairly edited to make it look like she was naked and having sex during a scene on the show. (December 17, 2003)
  • Snoop Dogg coached his son's youth league football team in California – He watched Saturday night as his son's Rowland Heights Raiders defeated the Huntington Beach Dolphins 18-0. (September 15, 2003)
  • California school board has voted to fire eight part-time school police officers, including four who were moonlighting as bodyguards for Snoop Dogg when an unknown gunman shot at his convoy in April. (September 2, 2003)
  • Was a member of the notorious Crips gang and in 1993 was charged with murder in connection with a drive-by shooting.
  • Was arrested for drug possession shortly after leaving high school and spent subsequent years in and out of jail.
  • Snoop Dogg held charity basketball game at his former school, Poly High School Saturday -- Proceeds from ticket sales went to Snoop Dogg's Save a Life Foundation and the high school. (June 30, 2003)
  • Los Angeles police detained six members of Snoop Dogg's entourage on suspicion of weapon violations near the site of the 3rd Annual Black Entertainment Television Awards on Tuesday (June 24) – Snoop Dogg was not detained, but he did talk to a lawyer outside the Kodak Theatre. (June 26, 2003)
  • Snoop Dogg, who appeared as the host on one of Girls Gone Wild videos, said he's done with the series because it doesn't feature women of color – The rapper said he plans to do his own version of Girls Gone Wild to bring some flavor to the table and to satisfy women of color waiting for their chance to go topless for the camera. (June 25, 2003)
  • Snoop Dogg gets his new MTV comedy series, DOGGY FIZZLE TELEVIZZLE -- The half-hour series makes its premiere 10 p.m. EDT Sunday. (June 21, 2003)
  • Three gunmen shot at a convoy of cars, one of which was carrying Snoop Dogg Thursday night in the Mid-City area – The rapper wasn't hit but one of his bodyguards was injured; police Sgt. Brian Owen said it appears that one of the shooters wanted to speak with the rapper, but it was then followed by gunfire. (April 12, 2003)
  • In a lawsuit filed on Monday against rap star Snoop Dogg, a California man claims that his life is in danger because the rapper used a phone message he left in a song taunting Snoop's rival, rap-mogul Suge Knight -- The man identified as John Doe left a voice mail for Snoop last October only to learn later that it became part of a song called Pimp Slapp'd on the album Paid the Cost to be Tha Boss. (March 27, 2003)
  • Snoop Dogg is on an active campaign to clean up his druggie image – the rapper tells TV's Access Hollywood that he just woke up one morning and decided he didn't need it (marijuana) anymore. (October 9, 2002)
  • Snoop Dogg thinks his old image is getting lame, saying that his new image is part of “getting older.” (September 2002)


Snoop Dogg Photos

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    2013 Spike TV Guys Choice - Arrivals

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    Snoop Dogg Performs at "Seven Deadly Sins in OneSinful Night" at Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas

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    Xzibit Hosts the Official "Bonita Platinum Tequila" Launch Party at Hyde Nightclub in Las Vegas on March 2, 2013

  • Ziggy Marley, Rohan Marley, Snoop Dogg and Rocky Dawuni

    "Marley" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals

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    "Tru 2 Music" Concert at Nokia Theater L.A. Live in Los Angeles - January 13, 2012

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    Snoop Dogg Official Concert Afterparty at Gallery Nightclub in Las Vegas on November 26, 2011

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