Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. was born on October 20, 1971. Professionally known as Snoop Dogg, he is an American rapper, songwriter, media personality, actor, and entrepreneur. He became one of the best-known figures in gangsta rap in the 1990s and was, for many, the epitome of West Coast hip-hop culture. Dr. Dre’s initial solo single, ‘Deep Cover,’ and later Dre’s debut solo album, “The Chronic,” catapulted him to popularity in 1992. His popularity has not diminished over theyears and he has sold more than 23 million records in the U.S. and 35 million globally. Today is his birthday, so come celebrate it with us.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. was born on October 20, 1971, in Long Beach, California to Vernell Varnado and Beverly Tate. Broadus began singing and playing the piano in the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church when he was very young, and by sixth grade, he had progressed to rapping.
Death Row Records released his debut album, “Doggystyle,” in 1993, which was produced by Dr. Dre. On both the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, the album debuted at number one. He released a soundtrack for the short film “Murder Was the Case” starring himself in 1994 on Death Row Records. His second album, “Tha Doggfather” (1996), debuted at number one on both charts, with the lead single ‘Snoop’s Upside Ya Head.’ In 1997, the album was certified double platinum. Snoop’s next three albums, “Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told” (1998), “No Limit Top Dogg” (1999), and “Tha Last Meal,” were recorded at No Limit Records after he left Death Row Records (2000). In 2002, Broadus signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records, releasing “Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss.” He left in 2004 and signed with Geffen Records. Broadus has also appeared in films and hosted television shows. Broadus has had 17 Grammy nominations but has yet to win. On November 19, 2018, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2019, he released “I Wanna Thank Me,” his seventeenth solo album.
On June 12, 1997, Broadus married Shante Taylor, his high school sweetheart. He called it quits on May 21, 2004, claiming unresolved issues. On January 12, 2008, the pair remarried. The couple has three children — Cordé, Cordell, and Cori. Broadus has a son (Julian) from a previous relationship and he is also a grandfather.
Death Row Records releases his debut album, "Doggystyle," in 1993, which is produced by Dr. Dre.
Broadus appears in the short film “Murder Was the Case: The Movie” in the lead role.
Broadus starts his own production company, Snoopadelic Films, with the debut film being “Boss'n Up,” a film inspired by Snoop Dogg's album “R&G.”
He is appointed a judge for the seventh annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers and also receives the BMI Icon Award.
On November 19, 2018, Broadus is given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
He buys Death Row from MNRK Music Group in February 2022, intending to revive the label after it began to decline after the death of its star artist, Tupac.
Why We Love Snoop Dogg
He is a genius
The celebrated artist is believed to be one of the most intelligent rappers in the industry, with a reported IQ of 147. Studies report that only a small percentage of individuals have an IQ of above 130. This, therefore, ranks people like Snoop Dogg in a special elite category, and his success in music, acting, and business proves this fact.
He is witty and funny, sometimes without even realizing it. Always laid back, it’s easy to notice how he is hardly ever angry or tense but is always relaxed and calm. His voice also ties into his attitude as he is very soft-spoken and relaxed with his delivery.
He gives back to society
Snoop Dogg teams up with local officials every Thanksgiving to deliver turkeys to the least fortunate in Inglewood, California. In 2016, he gave away 3,000 turkeys.
5 Surprising Facts
He converted to Rastafarianism
In 2012, he traveled to Jamaica, and shortly after, the rapper announced his conversion to Rastafarianism.
He was an actual pimp
Broadus once confessed to being an actual pimp from 2003 to 2004.
He has triple ancestry
After a DNA test, it was discovered that he was 71% African, 23% Native American, and 6% European.
His criminal record is extensive
He's been detained in a number of nations for drug possession with the intent to sell, including cannabis and cocaine.
He was banned in Australia
Australia banned the rapper from its borders in 2007 on character grounds, citing his various criminal convictions; the ban was lifted in 2008.
Snoop Dogg FAQs
Why is Snoop Dogg unique?
He has a natural charisma, exudes positivity, and has a sense of humor, not to mention his off-the-charts mic skills.
What is Snoop Dogg's biggest hit song?
“Drop It Like It’s Hot,” featuring Pharrell.
Is Snoop Dogg educated?
He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School and Compton College.
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