Snoop Dogg biography
Real Name:Calvin Broadus
Occupation: Actor, Rapper
Date of Birth:October
Place of Birth: Long Beach, Calif, USA
Signs:Sun in Libra, Moon in Pisces
Wife: Shantay Taylor;
(singer, postal worker) and Beverly Tate;
kid: Chord T (with Taylor)
CALVIN BROADUS acquired his nickname because of his resemblance to
that popular Peanuts character Snoopy the Dog. His father said that Snoop "had a
lot of hair on his head as a baby and looked like a little dog." His parents
split up when he was still a boy; he lived with his mother and two
half-brothers, and spent his free time rapping with a friend, Warren Griffin,
who would later find fame as rapper Warren G. Snoop was a good student and
athlete in high school several basketball programs recruited him--but he fell in
with the L.A. Crips gang, started selling drugs, and
wound up in jail soon after he graduated high school. Snoop claims that
fellow inmates told him to get his life together because he had talent.
Over the next three years, Snoop bounced in and of prison, but he eventually decided to devote himself to rap. His buddy Warren G. gave Snoop his first break. Warren played Snoop's tape for his brother, who just happened to be the godfather of rap, Dr. Dre. Dre loved Snoop's tape, and put him on the soundtrack of the film Deep Cover and on his 1992 album The Chronic. This album went on to become one of the top-selling rap albums in history,
and Dre and Snoop scored a mega hit with "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," with the chorus, "Bow wow wow, yippee yo yippee yay." By this time, Snoop's reputation as a rapper was so great that his first solo record, Doggystyle, released in 1994, spawned several hit singles, including "Gin and Juice," "Doggy Dogg World," and "Who Am I (What's My Name)." He was voted best rapper by Rolling Stone readers and critics in their annual poll, and he won an MTV award for best rap video with "Doggy Dogg World."
In the midst of all this success, Snoop was arrested and charged with the murder of Philip Woldermariam, a rival gang member, who was gunned down on August 25, 1993, in a drive-by shooting in L.A. Snoop and his bodyguard, McKinley Lee, were both charged in the murder. Ironically, right around the time the charges hit Snoop released a single and a long-form video entitled "Murder Was the Case." Snoop and Lee were both found not guilty of murder.
The November of 1996 release of Snoop's second album, Tha Doggfather showed that his scrape with the law did little to tone down his gangsta cockiness on songs like "Ride 4 Me," though "Snoop Bounce" (based on Zapp's 1980 hit "More Bounce to the Ounce") did suggest a more playful side. It would seem fair to suggest that Snoop needed a bit of levity in his life at that moment; Tha Doggfather was released just three months after the death of his friend and labelmate Tupac Shakur, to whom Snoop dedicated the album.
Tha Doggfather debuted at No. 1, and Snoop's personal problems seemed to have abated, but the press and the public were more engaged by the darker stories emerging from the rap world than by the new album of its premier performer. Questions surrounding Shakur's murder cast a pall over the entire Death Row Records camp, and by early 1997, serious legal problems facing label head Suge Knight were making headlines. Snoop did perform two songs ("Snoop's Upside Ya Head" and "Vapors") on Saturday Night Live in January, and he added to his old-school credibility by bringing along the Gap Band's Charles Wilson, who has since become his de facto band leader.
Plans called for Snoop to take to the road in the spring of 1997, but the death in March of the Notorious B.I.G. caused him to cancel his tour out of respect, and, undoubtedly, fears for his own safety, given the murder of two peers in the span of seven months. Yet as Tha Doggfather slipped from the charts, providing Snoop with the perfect excuse to lay low, he instead opted to accept a high-profile slot on the summer's Lollapalooza lineup. By June, Snoop was making headlines for accepting his first movie role (in a film tentatively titled The Real and for marrying his long-time girlfriend Shantay Taylor. He also took time out for a pair of collaborations (with Tony Toni Toné's Raphael Saddiq and Rage Against the Machine), which will appear on a new EP titled Doggumentary and to record a track for the highly successful Men in Black soundtrack.
(b. Calvin Broadus, 1971) Rapper-protégé of former N.W.A producer/member Dr. Dre, first heard on the Dre-produced title track from the 1992 film Deep Cover. In the accompanying video clip, Snoop Doggy Dogg lurched onto the screen, his eyes heavy-lidded, melodically including the song's hook "187 [murder] on an undercover cop." As Snoop's history became known, that threat gained weight: it transpired that this unknown newcomer was a member of the Long Beach Insane Crips gang and had done jail time for selling cocaine and subsequent probation violations. The rapper was next heard on Dr. Dre's 1993 album The Chronic, guest-starring on the trio of hit singles; Snoop's seductive rhyme style and charismatic on-screen persona instantly established him as one of the most distinctive voices in hip-hop. Such was the anticipation surrounding his Dre-produced solo debut Doggystyle that the record's December 1993 debut at #1 (the first such performance by a new artist) and quadruple-platinum sales were entirely predictabe. (The record itself was somewhat predictable, from its smutty cartoon cover to its incessant self-reference and Chronic-derived tracks. In the video for "What's My Name?" Snoop morphed into ... a dog.)
On August 25th, 1993, an argument started in front of Snoop's new home in Woodbine Park, L.A., between the rapper, two associates, and Philip Woldemariam, a 20-year-old Ethiopian immigrant who had just been released from a year in jail. Woldemariam was allegedly pursued into a nearby park and shot from a vehicle by McKinley Lee, Snoop's bodyguard. Lee claimed self-defense, but it was widely reported that the victim's fatal wound was in his back. Snoop, who was on $10,000 bail for a gun possession charge at the time of the incident, handed himself in to police after appearing at a September 2nd MTV awards show in L.A.--his bail was set at $1 million. Snoop had another #1 album in November 1994 with Murder Was the Case, the multi-artist soundtrack to an 18-minute film directed by Dr. Dre and based on a Doggystyle track. In April 1995 it was ruled that, although key evidence had accidentally been destroyed, Snoop Doggy Dogg's murder trial would proceed that October
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