Snoop Dog: Biography and music career

Published At: 10 February 2020 , 11:04 AM


Snoop Dog is a musician, producer, actor, who became famous in the late 90s due to his debut album and problems with the police.

Rapper Snoop Dog

In his youth, Snoop regularly went to jail. Today he is a world-famous rap artist, successful businessman, and an exemplary family man.

Childhood and youth

Calvin Broadus, and this is what the real name of the famous rapper sounds like, was born in 1971 in the city of Long Beach. The cute Peanuts comic dog is the musician's favorite character. The Mother called Kelvin after the cartoon character. The nickname assigned to the boy, and later, years later, turned into a music brand.

Snoop Dog

Snoop has two brothers. My father fought in Vietnam, left the family three months after the birth of Kelvin. A grandfather looked after a restless boy in the absence of his mother. Later, becoming a star, Snoop admitted that he could benefit from a lack of fatherly attention. Bitter experience taught the musician not to make parental mistakes, helped to become a wonderful father.

Snoop learned the basics of vocals in a church choir. But this does not mean that a humble and amiable disposition distinguished the future rapper. An uncontrollable teenager was not affected by either parental guidance or choral singing. Not surprisingly, Kelvin grew up in the criminal quarter.

Snoop Dogg in his youth

After school, the future rapper went to college but did not graduate: there was not enough perseverance. Also, the guy, inclined to adventure, irresistibly attracted to the street. Romance, freedom, independence - this is not in the life of law-abiding citizens.

In the late 80s, Snoop became a member of the Crips gang. Criminal activity had logical consequences. There are several arrests in Kelvin's biography. Perhaps he would become an unlawful authority, but at some point, he stopped, thought about the future and decided to change his lifestyle. At this time, Snoop became interested in live music. And soon, an unknown black guy met Dr Dre.


The influential producer listened to the demo tape, after which he took Kelvin into his custody. In 1992, the film Undercover was released, Snoop Dogg wrote the soundtrack of which. Two years later, the first album was released. Then the guy with a criminal past and gained popularity. The Chronic is a collaboration between Calvin Broadus and Dr Dre. The album includes songs in the genre of the so-called gangster funk - a musical direction, in the development of which Snoop Dog played the leading role.

Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre

Gin & Juice from the debut album has become a hip hop classic. And then in the life of the rap artist there was a case that raised his rating. The musician was arrested on murder charges. Later it turned out that the guard of Snoop shot Philip Voldemarium and did it for self-defense. From the rapper charges were dropped. But this incident was discussed for a long time, the photo of the debutant flashed in the press. Snoop's popularity grew. The idol of African-American youth for several months occupied the first lines of the charts.

Snoop Dogg - I Wanna Rock

In 1996, an album dedicated to Tupac released. The pseudonym Snoop Dogg received the official status after signing a contract with No Limit Records. On the label of the famous record company, the rapper recorded three albums.

In 2000, Dr Dre released the single "The net Episode", which included in the second studio album. Snoop and his brother Nate took part in the recording. The composition ends with the words of the latter: "Smoke Weed Everyday", and therefore it is mistakenly called "Smoke View Evry Day".

In 2004, Snoop Dogg played in the movie Starsky and Hutch. Two years later, he recorded two songs that brought a Grammy. Snoop did not forget about the past connected with the Crips gang: in 2005 he recorded a single dedicated to the leader of a criminal organization.

Even becoming famous, the rapper did not seek to find a common language with law enforcement agencies. In 2006, Snoop quarreled with the police at the airport. What excited the star that day is unknown. Together with friends, he tried to get into the VIP-hall. However, security blocked the access of a too noisy company. They did not think of anything else how to go to Duty-Free and break some bottles of elite alcohol.

Snoop Dogg and Visa Khalifa - Young, Wild and Free

The law enforcers, caused by the store employees, hardly calmed the rowdy. They were injured. The stupa was again behind bars, but not for long. The next day, the rapper released on bail. There is a lot of obscurity in this story. Later, the official version of the rowdy musician criticized. A video has preserved confirming that the musician did not offer any resistance to the police. Ten minutes before the fight, Snoop had a friendly conversation with the children in the waiting room.

In 2009, the popularity of the rap musician grew so much that his wax figure installed in Las Vegas. In the same year, he recorded with Timati the single Groove On. The composition first presented in Saint-Tropez.

In 2012, Calvin Broadus took on a new creative pseudonym. Now he is Snoop Lyon. However, fans still call him Snoop Dogg. The singer decided to use the original image after he visited Jamaica and joined the Rastafari movement. The genres of hip-hop and gangsta rap music, Snoop changed to reggae and introduced fans a new hit "JA JA JA".

Among the popular songs that Snoop created with other musicians, there is a duet with French DJ David Gett "Wet". The track started from the first lines of international rap charts. Another joint with Visa Khalifa and Bruno Mars, the single "Young, Wild & Free" also received high Billboard Hot 100 ratings and a Grammy nomination. Even though three musicians recorded the song, Bruno Mars did not participate in the filming of the video. Often the rapper had to perform together with Eminem at national concerts. Later, the musician spoke highly of the work of his colleague, calling him "the hope of white America."

In the summer of 2014, a video for the song "Pharrel" appeared on the web. The composition was intended for the new album, which was produced by Farrell Williams . A year later, two singles were released. One of them was called "So Many Pros" and entered the album "Bush", which released in the spring of 2015. Stevie Wonder and other famous representatives of the rhythm and blues genre participated in the recording. Critics greeted Snoop's 13th solo discography album positively.

Personal life

Snoop is a person who is at odds with the law. This is the stage image. The famous rapper is an exemplary family man. Calvin married Shant Taylor in the mid-90s. He met her in childhood. Snoop plays basketball from an early age. Perhaps thanks to the sport, their romance began. Shantha was a fan of the team, of which her future husband was a member. Already in those years, Snoop was tall (192 cm with a weight of 85 kg).

Snoop Dogg with family

In 1994, the rapper became a father: the son of Corde was born. Three years later, Cordell was born, in 199 - the daughter of Corey. The girl diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease - lupus erythematosus. According to his father, despite the disease, Corey remains a cheerful and agile child. Snoop once admitted to reporters that because of the concerts he sorely lacks time to communicate with children, nevertheless, he tries to devote every free minute to his family. The California city of Clermont chosen as the place to live by Snoop and Shant.

Later, the singer's wife registered the brand Co Co Ri, which produces designer sportswear. Kelvin and Shantha Broadus sell T-shirts and sweatshirts with the Snoop Dogg logo through an online store. The rapper's wife also owns the Boss Lady Entertainment label. As a manager, the woman worked with rap artist The Lady of Rage.

The famous rapper collects cars, does charity work. The singer attends basketball games. Among the teams the musician is rooting for are the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Snoop Dogg with sons

Snoop's family is rich in talents. His cousins, who act under the pseudonyms RBX, Nate Dogg, Lil' ½ Dead and Daz Dillinger, Brandy and Ray J., have also become successful fans of hip hop and R&B.

In 2004, a crisis broke out between Snoop and his wife, but four years later the family reunited. In 2015, the first son Zion was born to his eldest son, the musician Korde.

Rapper Snoop Dog

Snoop likes to experiment on his appearance. At various times, the performer appeared before the public with curled ringlets, over which he wore a pink cap or a baseball cap, or with a tail perfectly combed back. The rapper's favorite hairstyle is dreadlocks, the styling of which he does differently each time. Also on the musician's body are tattoos in the form of a portrait of his wife and a memorial image in honor of a colleague and friend Nate Dogg.

Snoop Dogg now

In March 2017, information on the release of the next record appeared on the Snoop page on Instagram. The rapper has more than ten albums in his solo career. The dog also surprised fans with a video clip for the song "Lavender". On the screen, Snoop shot a clown dressed as Donald Trump from a toy gun. The musician borrowed the song from the Canadian band Bad Bad Not Good, which he created a remix with the beatmaker Kaytranada.

Snoop Dogg - Lavender

Kelvin Broadus acts in films, does business, goes on tour. In his filmography, dozens of works. In 2017, the movie Grow House was released, in which the rapper played a cameo. Snoop Dogg also participated in the filming of the film "The Future World". His name appears in the cast of the comedy Beach Boom.

In 2018, Snoop Dogg delighted fans of creativity with the new EP "220", songs from which later included in the studio album "Bible of Love". Judging by the musical compositions, the rap veteran became interested in the gospel style.

In 2018, Snoop Dogg entered the Guinness Book of Records

In May, Snoop Dogg received a certificate from the Guinness Book of Records. The musician distinguished himself by preparing a 500-liter glass of cocktail, which he called Paradise. The recipe for the drink is quite simple - it includes only gin and Juice.

In August, on a personal account on Instagram, the artist announced the cookbook "From Crook to Cook", which will release in the fall of 2018. The collection will consist of 50 recipes for all occasions, including the musician's favorite drink - the Gin and Juice cocktail.