Snoop Dogg. biography
Rapper Snoop Dogg was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus on October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California and was given the nickname by his mother who was convinced he resembled the character in the Peanuts cartoon. Once Snoop's friend Warren G introduced him to rapper Dr. Dre, his career took off. With the help of his two hit singles "Gin and Juice" and "What's My Name," Snoop's debut album Doggystyle (1993) reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hip Hop and Billboard Top 200 charts.
Snoop's second album Tha Doggfather had similar success, followed by Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told (1998) and No Limit Top Dogg (1999), both of which topped the hip-hop charts.
In 2004, Snoop released the hit single "Drop It Like It's Hot," which climbed to top positions on both the hip-hop and pop charts. Two years later, Snoop released his next album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment with the single "That's That Shit."
Aside from his music career, Snoop has made many on-camera appearances, including the drama thriller Training Day (2001), the comedy Starsky & Hutch (2004) and the drama series The L Word in 2004. He also starred in his own reality show on E!, called Snoop Dogg's Father Hood (2007).
Most recently, Snoop announced he was working on his all-reggae album Reincarnation, and dropping "Dogg" from his name and adding "Lion, due to his trip to Jamaica in which a priest told him, "You are the light; you are the lion." In August 2012, Snoop released his first single off of Reincarnation, called "La La La."