Rap legend Snoop Dogg has come a long way since being discovered by Dr. Dre in the early 1990s. As impressive as he was when guesting on Dre’s “The Chronic” in 1992, few could have guessed he’d go on to global fame, tens of millions of record sales and a career in movies and TV. And that’s only part of the story, from battles with the law to reinvention as a reggae artist to just releasing his 17th studio album, “I Wanna Thank Me,” Snoop’s unprecedented career in the rap industry is unlike any other. Don’t miss Snoop Dogg with special guests Warren G and Kurupt live at the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno.
He was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, Calif. and his nickname “Snoop Dogg” came from his mother because she thought he looked like Snoopy. He played piano and sang at his local Baptist church before starting rap in sixth grade. After graduating high school, he started making music as a way out of his troubles and recorded early demos with his cousin Nate Dogg and friend Warren G as 213. A track on one of these came to the attention of Dr. Dre who invited Snoop – then rapping under the name Snoop Doggy Dogg – to audition. From there they collaborated on a song called “Deep Cover” for the soundtrack of the film for the same name and Snoop became the key rapped on Dr. Dre’s hugely successful first solo album “The Chronic” in 1992.
Snoop’s first album, the Dre-produced “Doggystyle,” climbed its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s hip hop and Top 200 charts, based in part on the success of the singles “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Gin and Juice.” It built on the G-Funk template that “The Chronic” had established as Cypress Hill’s B-Real later reminisced: “I think Dr. Dre gave Snoop a sound that would resonate in the minds of hip hop fans for generations. It made Snoop an icon.”
Snoop continued to make music, enjoying a big hit in 2004 with the chart-topping single “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” which sparked fruitful collaborations with Pharrell Williams. He reunited with Warren G and Nate Dogg as 213 to drop the album “The Hard Way” in 2004 and in 2007 became the first artist to release a track, “It’s the DOG,” as a ringtone prior to its release as a single.
He also branched out into acting during the same period and appeared in several films, including “Starsky & Hutch,” “The Wash” and “Training Day” and made guest appearances on television shows including “The L Word” and “Weeds.” Snoop starred in his own E! reality show, “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood” with his wife, Shante, and their three children, Corde, Cordell and Cori. He was part of a sketch show, “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle” and participated in the Comedy Central Roast of the future president Donald Trump. He also uses his likable laconic personality to good effect in a new venture for VH1, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party,” where he and Martha Stewart host dinner parties for various celebrities.
Snoop is held in high esteem and affection by hip hop fans worldwide and is one of the most recognizable faces and voices of the whole genre, even to those who don’t listen to his music. He has the most GRAMMY™ nominations of any music artists, 17-to-date, without having won one. But, as Snoop Dogg shows few signs of retiring, don’t write him off just yet.