Born as Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr, the American rapper is one of the most iconic names of the musical genre. Snoop Dogg famously has his own lingo (Fo Shizzle) and has sprouted countless classics like ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’ ft Pharrell Williams, ‘Gin and Juice’, ‘Beautiful’ ft. Pharrell Williams and ‘Who Am I? (What’s My Name)’. His 25-year-plus career has had its highs and lows, packed with controversies and record sales.
He took on the professional name of ‘Snoop Dogg’, which arose from his mother calling him after a character of his favourite cartoon - Charlie Brown’s pet ‘Snoopy’ from ‘Peanuts’. Following his investigation into Rastafari in Jamaica in 2012, the Dogg created a new reggae persona ‘Snoop Lion’ after the Lion of Judah. He released his first reggae album under this name in 2013 alongside a documentary about his transformation into the Lion, both titled ‘Reincarnated’. He returned to his Dogg persona the following year upon the release of new albums.
Snoop has since sold over 35 millions around the world since his musical journey began. He was discovered by entrepreneurial rapper, Dr. Dre in 1992 and soared to number one of the Billboard 200 with the release of his debut album ‘Doggystyle’ in 1993. This was succeeded by another number one album ‘Tha Doggfather’ in 1996. He has now recorded over 16 studio albums and seven collaboration albums, and worked with a number of high-profile artists such as Pharrell Williams, Jay Z, Akon, Justin Timberlake, 50 cent, Katy Perry, DJ Khaled, Wiz Khalifa, and many more. Snoop has also appeared on screen via TV programmes and movies, such as ‘Training Day’, ‘Bones’ and ‘Pitch Perfect 2’. The awards he has received in his decades of serving the entertainment industry are countless, ranging from Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards to MOBO Awards and MTV Movie Awards.