Snoop Dogg [Broadus, Calvin Jr.; Snoop Doggy Dogg; Snoop Lion]
- Jared Pauley
[Broadus, Calvin Jr.; Snoop Doggy Dogg; Snoop Lion]
(b Long Beach, CA, Oct 20, 1971). American rapper and actor. One of the world’s most recognized hip-hop personalities, he began MCing in the sixth grade. Known for having a versatile flow capable of moving deftly between a laid-back drawl and rapid-fire delivery, he first came to fame performing with Dr. Dre on the 1992 hit single “Deep Cover.” Snoop Doggy Dogg became a household name in 1992 with the release of Dr. Dre’s West Coast classic The Chronic. In addition to appearing on a number of tracks, he, along with rapper The D.O.C., wrote many of the album’s lyrics.
In 1993, Death Row Records released his debut album Doggystyle. Like The Chronic, it was heavily rooted in synthesized funk, featuring heavy bass lines and live-sounding drums backing his loping, laid-back hip-hop drawl. The album has sold over four million copies to date and was, at the time of its release, the highest chart debut in ...