"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."
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."
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
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
Adult Video News: Top Selling Tape for the X-rated film, Snoop Dogg's
Doggystyle, 2001, (V)