"I think people understand me, me as a person and what I went through because I kept it on the plate. I never hid nothing. I was never in the closet. I smoked dope, I g*ng-b*nged, I did this, I did that; whatever I did it was always out. It was never like, 'I didn't know Snoop smoked weed. I didn't know he did all kinds of stuff.' When you ['re] real with the people, they give you that back." Snoop Dogg
West Coast (G Funk) hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., first entered the hip-hop scene with the recording of "Nuthin' but a G Thang" on Dr. Dre's The Chronic (1992). A former Crips member and a notable protégé of producer/rap star Dr. Dre later released his own album, the #1 hits Doggystyle (1993, spawned hit singles "Who Am I" and "Gin and Juice," featured Daz Dillinger), Tha Doggfather (1996), and Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told (1998). His acclaimed albums include No Limit Top Dogg (1999), Tha Last Meal (2000), Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ (2002, features the Grammy-nominated single "Beautiful" and Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson) and R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) The Masterpiece (2004, spawned the #1 hit "Drop It Like It's Hot" and featured Pharrell). His latest album is Welcome to tha Chuuch - Da Album (2005), which spawned the single "Real Soon" (as a member of DPGC including Nate Dogg).
The laid-back rapper also branched out into acting. He could be seen in such films as Baby Boy (2001), Training Day (2001), Bones (2001), The Wash (2001), Starsky & Hutch (2004), Soul Plane (2004), The Tenants (2005) and Boss'n Up (2005). He also directed his own porn video called Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle and appeared in Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style. Snoop Dogg will star in the upcoming films: Hood of Horror, Arthur and the Minimoys (voice) and Coach Snoop.
Adding to his music and acting career, Snoop Dogg is an astute businessman. He formed his own label, Dogghouse Records, and reportedly will launch the Snoop Dogg Board Company (SDBC), a line of skateboards, travel bags and luggage, and his very own brand of hot dog, The Foot Long Snoop Doggs.
"I think me and Dre are gonna be like Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. When we get really old, I'll probably be having gray braids." Snoop Dogg (on his friendship with Dr. Dre)
Who Am I
Childhood and Family:
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. was born on October 20, 1972, in Long Beach, California, to parents Vernell Varnado (singer, postal worker) and Beverly Tate. His mother later gave him the nickname Snoop Dogg due to his resemblance to the popular Peanuts character Snoopy. From a young age, Snoop Dogg sang in his church choir. However, when he was a student at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California, Snoop Dogg was often in trouble with the law for selling drugs.
Snoop Dogg is the nephew of Bootsy Collins, a legendary funk bassist and member of Parliament-Funkadelic. His cousins are professional musicians RBX, Nate Dogg and Daz Dillinger, who often collaborate with Snoop Dogg. On June 12, 1997, Snoop married Shantay Taylor and the couple has three kids: daughters Cordell and Cori Broadus, and son Corde Calvin Broadus. In May of 2004, Snoop reportedly filed for divorce from his wife Shanté, citing irreconcilable differences, and was seeking joint custody of their children. They have since reconciled and withdrawn the divorce papers.
Gin and Juice
"I tell the truth. And I know what I'm talking about. That's why I'm a threat." Snoop Dogg
After graduating from high school, Snoop Dogg joined the oldest and most notorious black gang in the United States, the Crips. During that time, he was frequently jailed for his troubles with the law and drugs. Along with cousin Nate Dogg and best friend Warren G (stepbrother of Dr. Dre of N.W.A.), Snoop Dogg began recording home-produced rap tapes and formed the group 2-1-3. Dr. Dre was later interested in collaborating with the young rapper and worked with him on the theme song for the film Deep Cover. Dogg was then a co-rapper on Dr. Dre’s comeback track "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" and was featured in Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic (billed as Snoop Doggy Dogg).
On November 23, 1993, Snoop Dogg launched his debut album Doggystyle under the Death Row/Interscope label. It delivered Snoop's debut solo single "Who Am I (What's My Name)," featuring Tha Dogg Pound. The single reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and #20 in the United Kingdom. Other Doggystyle singles are "Gin and Juice" (also a #8 Hot 100 hit and earned a 1995 Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance) and "Doggy Dogg World" (featured The Dramatics & Tha Dogg Pound). Produced by Dr. Dre, the album was a breakthrough success for Snoop. It was the first debut album in history to enter the Billboard Music Charts at #1, top the Billboard 200 for three weeks and top the R&B/Hip Hop Albums charts (North America).
Following the release of his debut album, Snoop Dogg appeared as a musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" and starred in the 18-minute film Murder Was the Case (1995, directed by Dr. Dre and Fab Five Freddy, Snoop Dogg also wrote the story), which was adapted from the lyrics to his inspiring song. He was also featured as himself in the hip-hop concert documentary helmed by Brian Robbins, The Show (1995), also with The Notorious B.I.G., Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs, Dr. Dre and Warren G.
Tha Doggfather, Snoop Dogg's sophomore album, was released on November 12, 1996, under Death Row Records. Produced by Suge Knight, the album also featured Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Warren G and other rap artists. Though Tha Doggfather debuted at #1 in the month of November 1996, it failed to match the success of its predecessor Doggystyle. The platinum-certified album spawned the singles "Tha Doggfather" (featured Charlie Wilson, #36 UK), "Vapors" (featured Charlie Wilson and Teena Marie, #18 UK) and "Snoop's Upside Ya Head" (featured Teena Marie and Charlie Wilson, #12 UK). He also sang "We Just Wanna Party with You" (featured Jermaine Dupri, #21 UK), a soundtrack to the 1997 movie Men in Black, starring Will Smith.
In 1998, Snoop Dogg moved from Death Row to No Limit Records and marked his work with the label for the album Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told. Released on August 4, 1998, with the help of producer Master P, the album topped the Billboard Hot 200 at #1 and the UK Top 75 Album at #28. It delivered the singles "Slow Down (Can't Take The Heat)," "Still a G Thang" (#19 US) and "Woof." Album Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told eventually nabbed two times platinum. That same year, Snoop Dogg arrived on the silver screen. He appeared in Tamra Davis' marijuana-fueled comedy Half Baked (starring Dave Chappelle), writer-director Darin Scott's crime drama Caught Up (alongside Bokeem Woodbine), writer-director Millicent Shelton's comedy Ride, and Michael Martin's comedy I Got the Hook Up (with Master P and Anthony Johnson).
No Limit Top Dogg (1999, #2 US) is Snoop Dogg's second No Limit Records release. It includes appearances by C-Murder, Raphael Saadiq, Silkk the Shocker, Dr. Dre and Nate Dogg. Meanwhile, moviegoers saw Snoop Dogg costar with Ice-T, playing a deadly street gang leader, in Albert Pyun's action film The Wrecking Crew, in rapper-writer-director Master P's Hot Boyz, and star as the revengeful preacher in Albert Pyun's Urban Menace. He also reappeared as a musical guest on "Saturday Night Live."
Entering the new century, Snoop Dogg released Dead Man Walkin' (#24 US), a comprised album of archived Snoop Dogg recordings, under Death Row Records, and released his last album with No Limit Records, Tha Last Meal (#4 US). Afterward, he switched to his own label, Dogghouse, and recorded the debut album for his group Tha Eastsidaz, Snoop Dogg Presents Tha Eastsidaz (released on February 1, 2000, Snoop Dogg also executive produced). It spawned the minor hit singles "G'd up" and "Got Beef." The album itself climbed to #8 on Billboard Hot 200 and went platinum. Still with Tha Eastsidaz and his own label, Snoop Dogg released Duces 'N Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way on July 31, 2001. It topped the Billboard 200 at #4 when first appeared, then stayed on the chart for 9 consecutive weeks. It was then certificated Gold on March 11, 2002. The album was probably the last Eastsidaz release by Snoop because the group separated and Tray Deee was condemned to a 12-year sentence in prison.
During that time, Snoop Dogg also continued to act on screen. He played the lead role of Killa Pop in Michael Martin's Tha Eastsidaz, the Flying Boat Driver in the short comedy The Mummy Parody (TV, with Kirsten Dunst, Jimmy Fallon and Rob Schneider) and appeared in J. Jesses Smith's adaptation of Donald Goines' novel, Crime Partners 2000 (starring Tyrin Turner and John Bryant). After being cast in writer-director John Singleton's romantic drama Baby Boy (starring Tyrese Gibson, Snoop played menacing parolee Rodney) and Antoine Fuqua's police action Training Day (starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke), Snoop Dogg starred as Jimmy Bones in Ernest R. Dickerson's hip horror Bones. He also could be seen as Dr. Dre's best buddy and roommate in writer-director D.J. Pooh's comedy The Wash (Snoop also executive-produced) and appeared in the Korean film Whasango (a.k.a. Volcano High). Additionally, Snoop Dogg guest starred in an episode of the NBC sitcom "Just Shoot Me" and released Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle, a controversial video pairing his hip-hop style with hardcore pornography.
In the music scene, Snoop Dogg released Snoop Dogg Presents...Doggy Style Allstars, Welcome To Tha House Vol. 1 (2002), a compilation album from 2002 introducing new artists as well as known voices from the Dogghouse Family. Produced by Snoop himself under his own label Doggystyle Records, the album reached #19 on the Billboard Hot 200 on August 31, 2002, for one week. He followed it up with the album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, which hit the music stores on November 25, 2002. It featured the singles "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" (featured Pharrell, #27 UK) and "Beautiful" (featured Pharrell & Uncle Charlie Wilson, #6 US and #23 UK, earned 2 Grammy nominations). The album went to #12 on US album charts.
On November 23, 2004, Snoop Dogg released R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) The Masterpiece (#6 US, #12 UK). It spawned the major hit "Drop It Like It's Hot" (featured Pharrell, #1 US and #10 UK) and the minor hits "Let's Get Blown," "Signs" (featured Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake, #2 UK) and "Ups & Downs" (featured The Bee Gees). More recent, on December 13, 2005, Snoop Dogg released Welcome to tha Chuuch - Da Album, a 2005 various artists compilation, executive produced by Snoop Dogg and based on a series of underground mix tape releases. It features the single "Real Soon" (as a member of DPGC, including Nate Dogg). Snoop Dogg recently announced to British Radio that his next album, The Blue Carpet Treatment, will feature productions by long-time partner Dr. Dre. He will also be featured on Dr. Dre's proclaimed (and much delayed) masterpiece Detox.
As for his acting career, Snoop Dogg has added to his resume such recent films as Todd Phillips' action comedy Starsky & Hutch (opposite Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson, Snoop played police snitch called Huggy Bear), Jessy Terrero's comedy Soul Plane (with Tom Arnold, Kevin Hart and Method Man) and Danny Green's mystery drama The Tenants (costarring with Dylan McDermott, Snoop played black militant and aspiring writer Willie Spearmint). He also lent his voice in Frederik Du Chau's Racing Stripes, narrated writer-director Marc Klasfeld's comedy The L.A. Riot Spectacular and costarred opposite Shillae Anderson in writer-director Dylan C. Brown's musical drama Boss'n Up, which was Snoop’s movie production debut with his company Snoopadelic Films. Snoop Dogg will star in the upcoming Stacy Title's horror Hood of Horror, Luc Besson's animated film Arthur and the Minimoys and is set to play the lead role in directors Mark Gibson and Philip Halprin's football comedy Coach Snoop (will also executive-produce), a feature based on his real-life experience as a coach for his young son's football team.
Snoop Dogg also tried his hand is business. He reportedly will launch the Snoop Dogg Board Company (SDBC), a line of skateboards, travel bags and luggage, and his very own brand of hot dog, The Foot Long Snoop Doggs, in January of 2006.
“When I'm not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg.” Snoop Dogg
- MTV Movie: Best Cameo, Training Day, 2002
- Adult Video News: Best Music Soundtrack, Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle, 2001 (V)
- Adult Video News: Top Selling Tape for the X-rated film, Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle, 2001, (V)