in Long Beach, California, in October 20, 1971 Snoop (Real Name:
Cordozar Broadus) lived with his mother and two brothers and received
his nickname from the popular Peanuts character Snoopy the dog.
Going through some difficult times during his teen years, Dogg
often found himself on the opposite side of the law and getting
long after his high school graduation, he was arrested for possession
of cocaine, beginning a period of three years where he was often
imprisoned. He found escape from a life of crime through music.
Snoop Dogg began recording homemade tapes with his friend Warren
G, who happened to be the step-brother of N.W.A.'s Dr. Dre's.
Warren G gave a tape to Dre, who was considerably impressed with
Snoop's style and began collaborating with the rapper.
As a backup
rapper to Dr. Dre, the two made their debut solo album, The Chronic,
which received praise from music lovers and fans.
delays, Doggystyle was finally released on Death Row in November
of 1993, and it became the first debut album to enter the charts
at number one. Despite reviews that claimed the album was a carbon
copy of The Chronic, the Top 10 singles "What's My Name?"
and "Gin & Juice" kept Doggystyle at the top of
the charts during early 1994, as did the considerable controversy
over Snoops arrest and his lyrics, which were accused of being
exceeding violent and sexist.
of the album was tainted due to his connection with the well-publicized
drive-by-shooting death of Phillip Woldermarian. Following his
performance at the MTV music awards, he turned himself into the
authorities. In 1995 he spent time preparing for the case and
going to court, and was finally cleared of all charges in 1996.
the case, he went back to work on his music. His next album, The
Doggfather, was released in 1996, but it received mixed reviews.
The outcome led Dogg to change his image and music to a calmer
By 1995 he
began his acting career by participating in a documentary about
the culture of hip-hop, The Show. Dogg returned to acting after
releasing his third album, Da Game Is To Be Sold Not Told, appearing
in the features Half Baked (1998); Ride (1998); The Wizard of
Oz (1998) playing the Scarecrow; and Whiteboys (1999).
In 2001 he
continued to work hard to establish himself as an actor with juicy
roles in Baby Boy, Training Day, and Bones, and landed the biggest
role of his career to date in Starsky & Hutch (2004), playing
the key role of Huggy Bear.
his entrepreneurial status, Snoop is partnering with leading modern
fashion performance brand Pony, to create a shoe collection called
“The One and Only.” This particular line of shoes
will marry Snoop’s signature West Coast flavor with the
classic Pony design. The collection will be unveiled this November
and will be available in exclusive stores globally for
the Fall/Winter 2005 collection.
venturing into a project that is close to his heart. He is heading
up the “Snooper Bowl” football tournament in which
he coaches his son’s team. The Inaugural “Snooper
Bowl” is an upcoming charity football event being put on
by Snoop, the Super Bowl Host Committee, The Firm, and Jacksonville-based
Axcess Sports & Entertainment. All proceeds from the “Snooper
Bowl” will go to Snoop’s Save A Life Foundation, which
works with innercity youth and children’s hospitals.
last seen on the big screen starring in MGM’s comedy hit
SOUL PLANE. He heads up an all-star comedy cast in this story
of the first ever ride of the black owned NWA Airlines. Snoop
plays none other than ‘Captain Mack,’ a cool, smooth-talking
pilot that, once he takes flight, discovers he has a fear of heights.
The film had audiences laughing hysterically
and is currently available on DVD.
Dogg has been
married to Shanty Taylor since 1997 and they have three children