Snoop Dogg Net Worth: Snoop Dogg, born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., rose to fame in the early 90s as part of the West Coast hip-hop group, The Long Beach Posse. In 1993, he collaborated with Dr. Dre to release his first solo album Doggystyle, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 400,000 copies in its first week alone.
Who Is Snoop Dogg?
From his discovery by Dr. Dre in the early 1990s, Snoop Dogg has progressed very far. When he first appeared on Dre’s The Chronic in 1992, few would have imagined that he would go on to achieve global fame, sell tens of millions of records, and star in movies and television shows.
Snoop Dogg Early Life
Chart-topping hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg (formerly known as Snoop Doggy Dogg) was born on October 20, 1971, in Long Beach, California. His nickname came from his mother who, upon looking at her son for the first time, thought he looked like Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoons.
Ever since childhood, the young artist was very musically inclined and has sung and played the piano at his local Baptist church. In the sixth grade, he picked up the more pop-inspired genre of rap.
After high school, he was arrested several times on charges of drug possession and spent time in prison.
Additionally, he was associated with the Rollin’ 20 Crips Gang. Faced with some difficult life circumstances, he started making music as a means of escape, recording demos with Nate Dogg and Warren G as 213.
One of these tunes came to the attention of Dr. Dre who invited Snoop Dogg, then rapping under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg, to audition. This eventually led to their collaboration on a song called Deep Cover for the soundtrack of a film of the same name; and as a result of his prolific partnership with Dre, Snoop became the key rapper on Dre’s hugely successful first solo album, The Chronic, in 1992.
During his career, Snoop has been involved in a number of legal scrapes. In 1990, he was convicted of possession of cocaine. In 1996, Snoop was tried and acquitted of murder charges after pleading guilty to gun possession three years earlier.
In April 2006, Snoop made headlines again when he and his entourage were arrested at a London airport following a fight involving another gang member who was shot by someone in Snoop’s vehicle. Later, the British government changed its position and allowed Snoop into the country. the Daily Star carried a picture of Snoop with the headline, “Kick this evil bastard out!” in 1994, his first brush with notoriety in the United Kingdom.
After officers found marijuana and a gun in his vehicle at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, he was arrested later that year. A ban on his entry to Australia, as well as participation in the MTV Australia Video Music Awards, was imposed by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship in 2007, citing his prior criminal convictions.
Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion
He announced in early 2012 that he would be working on an all-reggae album, called Reincarnated. Later that year, he dropped “Dogg” from his name to become Snoop Lion.
Snoop decided to change his name after meeting with a priest in Jamaica who told him: “You are the light, you are the lion.” After that encounter, he changed his name immediately. ‘La La La’ was Snoop’s first single released in August 2012.
Music and Screen Roles
Bush is Snoop’s 13th studio album, produced by Pharrell and released in May 2015. The album debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on hip-hop/R&B charts. A positive response was also received by Snoop’s 14th studio album, Coolaid, released in July 2016.
Following the release of Neva Left in May 2017, Snoop branched out with Bible of Love in March 2018, followed by I Wanna Thank Me and its eponymous single in summer 2019.
His likable, laconic personality has been put to good use in VH1’s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, in which he and Martha Stewart host celebrity dinner parties. As Cousin Itt, he played a prominent role in the 2019 animated adaptation of The Addams Family.
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