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Snoop Dogg BioIn the thirteen years that have slid by since he first burst onto the rap scene performing on Dr. Dre's groundbreaking, multi-platinum album Chronic, Snoop Dogg has transformed himself into a rap icon and an entertainment superstar.
"It's a heredity thing that comes with the set, the neighborhood... when I was a kid I saw my big homies doing it. It spread throughout the neighborhoods in '79, '78, somethin' like that." ~ Snoop talking 'bout the C-Walk
The magic started on October 20, 1972 with the birth in Long Beach, California of little Calvin Broadus. His mother thought her son bore a resemblance to Charlie Brown's favorite dog and nicknamed him Snoop. Growing up, Snoop was in and out of trouble and he, therefore, spent some quality time in the clink. But, eventually, he managed to redirect his talents and energy to music. He and friend Warren Griffin, now Warren G, began rapping and making homemade tapes. G gave one of these tapes to his half-brother, Dr. Dre, who was so impressed he used Snoop on the soundtrack for the movie Deep Cover. Snoop stole the show on Dre's epic 1992 release Chronic. Nuthin' But A G-Thang, co-written and co-rapped by Snoop, has since been named by Spin Magazine best single of the decade, Chronic, one of the 10 best albums.
"Every Dude thinks about killing his wife. He was just crazy enough to write it all down." ~ Snoop commenting on Eminem's song Kim
Doggystyle, Snoop's eagerly awaited first solo album, was released in 1993 and became the first debut album to hit the charts at number 1. His soundtrack for the short film Murder Was the Case, was released in 1994 and also debuted at number 1.
"Sometimes, if you're lucky, someone comes into your life who'll take up a place in your heart that no one else can fill, someone who's tighter than a twin, more with you than your own shadow, who gets deeper under your skin than your own blood and bones." ~ Snoop on his relationship with Tupac Shakur
Snoop then became tied up in legal problems surrounding the drive-by shooting death of Phillip Woldermarian. By the time he was cleared of charges in February 1996, rap had turned away from his bread and butter gangsta rap. It took a while for him to get back in the flow, but he did with a toned down lyrical message. He also started to branch out, collaborating with Beck and Marilyn Manson and launching an acting career. His sixth solo record Paid The Cost To Be The Bo$$ was released in late 2002. It was followed two years later by R&G; (Rhythm & Gangsta). Considered by critics to be his best album since Doggystyle, it remains near the top of the charts.
Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound again joined forces for an album dubbed "Cali Iz Active," released on June 27, 2006. Guests who appear on the set include, among others, Busta Rhymes and B-Real, as well as producers Sean "Diddy" Combs and The Alchemist.
In 2007, Snoop made appearances on two hit TV shows, Entourage and Monk. And, his problems with the law continued. On April 12, 2007, he was sentenced to five years probation for gun and drug charges.
With hosting MTV's "Dogg After Dark" and a calendar of concert dates for 2009, Snoop continues to stay busy. If you would like to follow his daily movements, try following him on twitter.
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