Snoop Dogg, a.k.a. Calvin Broadus Jr., also known as Snoop Doggy Dogg and Snoop Lion, (born October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California, United States), is an American rapper and songwriter, best known for becoming for one. of Gangsta Rap in the 1990s was for many the epitome of West Coast hip-hop culture.
Snoop Dogg’s signature lyrics were inspired by his early encounters with Law. After high school, he was in and out of prison for several years before starting a career in hip-hop. Eventually, he attracted popular producer and rapper Dr. to the attention of Dre, who featured him on his single “Deep Cover” and his seminal album The Chronic (both 1992). Snoop’s standout vocals on “Dre Day” and “Nuthin'” and “G” Thang quickly made him a star. His album Doggystyle (1993) became his first record to enter the Billboard 200 at number one.
Snoop was arrested for shooting at a speeding car while recording Doggystyle. Although he was eventually acquitted of all charges, the incident put him on trial for years, resulting in a long delay in the release of his next album, Tha Dogfather (1996). By then, the rap movement had begun. For a few years, The Snoop Chronicles failed to generate the same excitement as its inception, but his carefully honed public persona and sometimes caricatures made him a popular icon. His West Coast slang and exaggerated verbal convulsions entered the popular American vocabulary.
In 2012, Snoop announced that he had adopted the name Snoop Lion because of his embrace of the Rastafari movement. Under this name, they released the reggae album Reincarnated a year later. Also in 2013, he collaborated (under the name Snoopzilla) with funk musician Dam Funk on the album 7 Days of Funk. He resumed the name Snoop Dogg to release the Pharrell Williams-produced Funk and R&B Bush (2015). Snoop returned to rapping on Neva Left (2017), followed by a gospel double album with Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love (2018). Following this milestone, he released the rap album I Want Thank You (2019). In 2022, Snoop was one of several hip-hop stars, including Dr. Dre, Eminem and Mary J. Blige performing at the Super Bowl halftime show.
Throughout his career, Snoop has been a frequent guest on radio and television talk shows and has amassed a large number of film credits, including Training Day (2001). The rapper provided his signature language to animated series such as The Boondocks and The Simpsons, as well as Turbo (2013), The Addams Family (2019) and The Addams Family 2 (2021). He starred in the reality television series Father Hood Snoop Dogg (2007–2009), about his home life, and the cooking show Martha and Snoop’s Dinner Party (2016–) with lifestyle producer Martha Stewart. During the 2020 Tokyo Olympics (which were held in 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic), he appeared with Kevin Hart and Snoop Dogg on the television show Olympic Highlights, with both men providing a humorous perspective on the games.