1. Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr.), best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California.
2. His music career began in 1992, when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A and as a result was prominently featured throughout Dr. Dre’s solo debut album, The Chronic (1992).
3. He has since sold over 21 million albums in United States and 35 million albums worldwide.
4. Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, debuting at number one on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
5. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4? platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including “What’s My Name?” and “Gin & Juice”.
6. In 1994, Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case, starring himself.
7. After leaving Death Row, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums.
8. Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998), No Limit Top Dogg (1999), and Tha Last Meal (2000).
9. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss.
10. He then signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin’.
11. 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.
12. He also coaches a youth football league and high school football team.
13. In September 2009, Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records.
14. In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to the Rastafari movement and a new alias, Snoop Lion.
15. 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.
16. Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, He was named Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. after his stepfather, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Sr. (December 10, 1948 November 9, 1985, Los Angeles).
17. When he was very young, Broadus began singing and playing piano at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church.
18. As a teenager, Snoop Dogg frequently ran into trouble with the law.
19. 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.
20. 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.
21. When he began recording, Broadus took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg.
22. Dr. Dre began working with Snoop Dogg, first on the theme song of the 1992 film 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.
23. A short film about Snoop Dogg’s murder trial called Murder Was The Case, was released in 1994, along with an accompanying soundtrack.