Snoop Dogg

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Snoop Dogg
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Snoop Dogg in 2016
Born
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.

(1971-10-20) October 20, 1971 (age 47)
Other names
  • DJ Snoopadelic
  • Niggarachi [1]
  • Snoop Doggy Dogg
  • Snoop Lion
  • Snoopzilla
  • Nemo Hoes [2]
Occupation
Years active1991–present
OrganizationSnoop Youth Football League
Net worth US$124 million [3] (2017)
Television
Spouse(s)
Shante Taylor
(m. 1997;div. 2004)

(m. 2008)
Children4
Relatives Brandy Norwood (cousin)
Ray J (cousin)
Sasha Banks (cousin) [4]
Daz Dillinger (cousin)
Nate Dogg (cousin)
Awards List of awards and nominations
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts
Website snoopdogg.com

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known professionally as Snoop Dogg, [note 1] is an American rapper, singer, record producer, television personality, entrepreneur, and actor. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre and featured on Dre's solo debut, "Deep Cover", and then on Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic . He has since sold over 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide. [5] [6] [7]

Dr. Dre American rapper, record producer, entrepreneur and actor

Andre Romelle Young, known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, and was previously co-owner of Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including 2Pac, The D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, Knoc-turn'al, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the crafting and popularization of West Coast G-funk, a rap style characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. As of 2018, he is the third richest figure in hip hop, with a net worth of $770 million.

Deep Cover (song) track by Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dog

"Deep Cover", also known as "187", is the debut solo single by American rapper Dr. Dre and his first track released after the breakup of N.W.A. The track was recorded for the soundtrack of the film Deep Cover. The song features fellow American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg in his first appearance on a record release.

<i>The Chronic</i> album by Dr. Dre

The Chronic is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Dr. Dre. It was released on December 15, 1992, by his own record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records and Priority Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles and at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. The album is named after a slang term for high-grade cannabis, and its cover is a homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. It was Dr. Dre's first solo album after he had departed from hip hop group N.W.A and its label Ruthless Records over a financial dispute. On The Chronic, he included both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and its owner, former N.W.A member Eazy-E. Although a solo album, it features many appearances by American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg, who used the album as a launch pad for his own solo career.

Contents

Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle , produced by Dr. Dre, was released in 1993 by Death Row Records. Bolstered by excitement driven by Snoop's featuring on The Chronic, the album debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified quadruple platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice". In 1994 Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was the Case , starring himself. His second album, Tha Doggfather (1996), also debuted at number one on both charts, with "Snoop's Upside Ya Head" as the lead single. The album was certified double platinum in 1997.

<i>Doggystyle</i> studio album by Snoop Dogg

Doggystyle is the debut studio album by American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. It was released on November 23, 1993, by Death Row Records and Interscope Records. The album was recorded and produced following Snoop's appearances on Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic (1992), to which Snoop contributed significantly. The West Coast style in hip-hop that he developed from Dre's first album continued on Doggystyle. Critics have praised Snoop Doggy Dogg for the lyrical "realism" that he delivers on the album and for his distinctive vocal flow. Despite some mixed criticism of the album initially upon its release, Doggystyle earned recognition from many music critics as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the most important hip-hop albums ever released. Much like The Chronic, the distinctive sounds of Doggystyle helped introduce the hip-hop subgenre of g-funk to a mainstream audience, bringing forward West Coast hip hop as a dominant force in the early-1990s.

Death Row Records American record label

Death Row Records was an American record label founded in 1991 by Suge Knight, The D.O.C. and Dr. Dre. The label became a sensation by releasing multi-platinum hip-hop albums by West Coast-based artists such as Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle), Tha Dogg Pound, Tupac Shakur during the 1990s. At its peak, Death Row Records was making over 100 million dollars a year.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

After leaving Death Row Records, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998), No Limit Top Dogg (1999), and Tha Last Meal (2000). Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss . He then signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece , Tha Blue Carpet Treatment , and Ego Trippin' . Malice 'n Wonderland (2009), and Doggumentary (2011) were released on Priority. Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle Televizzle , Snoop Dogg's Father Hood , and Dogg After Dark . He also coaches a youth football league and high school football team. In September 2009 Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records. [8]

No Limit Records American record label

No Limit Records was an American record label founded by rapper, entrepreneur and CEO Percy "Master P" Miller. The label's albums were distributed by Priority Records, Universal Music Group and Koch Records. The label included artists such as Snoop Dogg, Mercedes, Silkk the Shocker, Mystikal, Mia X, Mac, C-Murder, Magic, Short Circuit, Lil Soldiers, Romeo Miller, Fiend, Kane & Abel, Soulja Slim, among others.

<i>Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told</i> album

Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told is the third studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg; it was released by No Limit Records on August 4, 1998 in the United States. It is his first album following his departure from Death Row Records. It was also his first album to be released under a slight change to his stage name "Snoop Dogg" for contractual reasons.

<i>No Limit Top Dogg</i> 1999 album by Snoop Dogg

No Limit Top Dogg is the fourth studio album and second on No Limit Records by American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released May 11, 1999, by No Limit Records and Priority Records. Following the mixed reception of his previous two albums, Snoop began to work again with Dr. Dre and returned to the west coast sound of his earlier career while on Death Row Records. The album was generally met with positive reception with many critics citing it as a return to form and his best album since Doggystyle (1993). Many praised the production work for the album with the tracks made by Dr. Dre being highlighted as well as Snoop's delivery while criticism was mainly aimed at the length of the album, the No Limit features, and the lack of new lyrical content. The Source would later put the album on their list of the Top 10 Best Albums of the Year for 1999.

In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to Rastafarianism and a new alias, Snoop Lion. As Snoop Lion he released a reggae album, Reincarnated , and a documentary film of the same name, about his Jamaican experience, in early 2013. His 13th studio album, Bush, was released in May 2015 and marked a return of the Snoop Dogg name. His 14th solo studio album, Coolaid , was released in July 2016. Snoop has 17 Grammy nominations without a win. In March 2016, the night before WrestleMania 32 in Arlington, Texas, he was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame, having made several appearances for the company, including as Master of Ceremonies during a match at WrestleMania XXIV. [9] In 2018, he released his first gospel album, Bible of Love . On November 19, 2018, Snoop Dogg was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. [10]

Jamaica country in the Caribbean

Jamaica is an island country situated in the Caribbean Sea. Spanning 10,990 square kilometres (4,240 sq mi) in area, it is the third-largest island of the Greater Antilles and the fourth-largest island country in the Caribbean. Jamaica lies about 145 kilometres (90 mi) south of Cuba, and 191 kilometres (119 mi) west of Hispaniola.

Reggae music genre from Jamaica

Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the late 1960s. The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora. A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals, "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae," effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience. While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady. Reggae usually relates news, social gossip, and political comment. Reggae spread into a commercialized jazz field, being known first as ‘Rudie Blues’, then ‘Ska’, later ‘Blue Beat’, and ‘Rock Steady’. It is instantly recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, and the offbeat rhythm section. The immediate origins of reggae were in ska and rocksteady; from the latter, reggae took over the use of the bass as a percussion instrument.

<i>Reincarnated</i> (album) album by Snoop Dogg, as Snoop Lion

Reincarnated is the twelfth studio album by American recording artist Snoop Dogg. It is his first and so far only release under his reggae persona Snoop Lion. The album was released on April 23, 2013, under Berhane Sound System, Mad Decent, Vice Records and RCA Records. The album is his departure from hip hop and his debut in the reggae genre. The album's production was handled mainly by Diplo and his group Major Lazer.

Early life

Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. [11] [12] was born in Long Beach, California, [12] [13] the second of three sons. [14] He was named after his stepfather, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Sr. His mother is Beverly Broadus (née Tate). [15] [16] [17] His father, Vernell Varnado, [16] was a Vietnam veteran, singer, and mail carrier who was frequently absent from his life. [18] As a boy, Broadus's parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" because of his appearance and love of the cartoon character from Peanuts, but usually addressed him as Calvin at home. [13] [19] [20] His mother and stepfather divorced in 1975. When he was very young, Broadus began singing and playing piano at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping. [21] [22] Broadus's father left the family when he was three months old. A DNA test read by George Lopez on Lopez Tonight revealed Broadus to be of 71% African, 23% Native American, and 6% European descent. [23]

Long Beach, California City in California, United States

Long Beach is a city on the Pacific Coast of the United States, within the Los Angeles metropolitan area of Southern California. As of 2010, its population was 462,257. It is the 39th most populous city in the United States and the 7th most populous in California. Long Beach is the second-largest city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area and the third largest in Southern California behind Los Angeles and San Diego. Long Beach is a charter city.

Vietnam War 1955–1975 conflict in Vietnam

The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975, with U.S. involvement ending in 1973. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and South Vietnam. North Vietnam was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; South Vietnam was supported by the United States, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war from some US perspectives. It lasted some 19 years and included the Laotian Civil War and the Cambodian Civil War, resulting in all three countries becoming communist states in 1975. The outcome of the war humiliated the United States and diminished its reputation in the world.

Snoopy cartoon dog

Snoopy is Charlie Brown's pet beagle in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz. He can also be found in all of the Peanuts movies and television specials, like The Peanuts Movie. Since his debut on October 4, 1950, Snoopy has become one of the most recognizable and iconic characters in the comic strip, and is considered more famous than Charlie Brown in other countries. The original drawings of Snoopy were inspired by Spike, one of Schulz's childhood dogs.

As a teenager, Broadus frequently ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin' 20 Crips gang in the Eastside area of Long Beach, [24] [25] although he stated in 1993 that he never joined a gang. [21] Shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, and for the next three years was frequently in and out of jail or prison (including Wayside Jail). [13] With his cousins Nate Dogg and Lil' ½ Dead and friend Warren G, Snoop recorded homemade tapes as a group called 213, named after the Long Beach area code. One of his early solo freestyles over En Vogue's "Hold On" made it to a mixtape that was heard by influential producer Dr. Dre, who called to invite him to an audition. Former N.W.A associate The D.O.C. taught him how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses, hooks, and chorus. [26]

The Crips are a gang based in the coastal regions of southern California. They were founded in Los Angeles, California in 1969 mainly by Raymond Washington and Stanley Williams. Once a single alliance between two autonomous gangs, they are now a loosely connected network of individual "sets", often engaged in open warfare with one another. Its members traditionally wear blue clothing, a practice that has waned somewhat due to police crackdowns specifically targeting gang members. Historically, members have been primarily of African-American heritage.

The term Eastside or East Side has two different meanings in the city of Long Beach, California. The first, and more current meaning, refers to an area roughly comprising the eastern half of the city, usually excluding areas south of the east-west line made by Pacific Coast Highway/Atherton Street. This area is also called East Long Beach.

Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center

Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center, also known as Pitchess Detention Center or simply Pitchess, is an all-male county detention center and correctional facility named in honor of Peter J. Pitchess located directly east of exit 173 off of Interstate 5 in the unincorporated community of Castaic in the County of Los Angeles in Southern California.

Musical career

1991–1997: Death Row, Doggystyle, and Tha Doggfather

When he began recording, Broadus took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dr. Dre began working with Snoop Dogg, first on the theme song of the 1992 film Deep Cover , and then on Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic with the other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound. The huge success of Snoop Dogg's debut Doggystyle was partially because of this intense exposure. [13]

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Snoop Dogg in 1998

Fueling the ascendance of West Coast G-funk hip hop, the singles "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Gin and Juice" reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months. [13] Gangsta rap became the center of arguments about censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians. [27] Unlike much of the harder-edged gangsta rap artists, Snoop Dogg seemed to show his softer side, according to music journalist Chuck Philips. Rolling Stone music critic Touré asserted that Snoop had a relatively soft vocal delivery compared to other rappers: "Snoop's vocal style is part of what distinguishes him: where many rappers scream, figuratively and literally, he speaks softly." [21] Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and others.

A short film about Snoop Dogg's murder trial, Murder Was the Case , was released in 1994, along with an accompanying soundtrack. On July 6, 1995, Doggy Style Records, Inc., a record label founded by Snoop Dogg, was registered with the California Secretary of State as business entity number C1923139. [28]

Broadus was acquitted of his murder charge on February 20, 1996. According to Broadus, after he was acquitted he did not want to continue living the "gangsta" lifestyle, because he felt that continuing his behavior would result in his assassination or a prison term. [29]

After his acquittal, he, the mother of his son, and their kennel of 20 pit bulls moved into a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) home in the hills of Claremont, California and by August 1996 Doggy Style Records, a subsidiary of Death Row Records, signed the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson as one of its first artists. [30] He collaborated with fellow rap artist Tupac Shakur on the 1996 single "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted". This was one of Shakur's last songs while alive; he was shot on September 7, 1996, in Las Vegas, dying 6 days later.

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Snoop Dogg (left) with Maynard James Keenan in 2001

By the time Snoop Dogg's second album, Tha Doggfather , was released in November 1996, the price of appearing to live the gangsta life had become very evident. Among the many notable hip hop industry deaths and convictions were the death of Snoop Dogg's friend and labelmate Tupac Shakur and the racketeering indictment of Death Row co-founder Suge Knight. [13] Dr. Dre had left Death Row earlier in 1996 because of a contract dispute, so Snoop Dogg co-produced Tha Doggfather with Daz Dillinger and DJ Pooh.

This album featured a distinct change of style from Doggystyle, and the leadoff single, "Snoop's Upside Ya Head", featured a collaboration with Charlie Wilson. The album sold reasonably well but was not as successful as its predecessor. Tha Doggfather had a somewhat softer approach to the G-funk style. After Dr. Dre withdrew from Death Row Records, Snoop realized that he was subject to an ironclad time-based contract (i.e., that Death Row practically owned anything he produced for a number of years), and refused to produce any more tracks for Suge Knight other than the insulting "Fuck Death Row" until his contract expired. [24] In an interview with Neil Strauss in 1998, Snoop Dogg said that though he had been given lavish gifts by his former label, they had withheld his royalty payments. [31]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said that after Tha Doggfather, Snoop Dogg began "moving away from his gangsta roots toward a calmer lyrical aesthetic": [13] for instance, Snoop participated in the 1997 Lollapalooza concert tour, which featured mainly alternative rock music. Troy J. Augusto of Variety noticed that Snoop's set at Lollapalooza attracted "much dancing, and, strangely, even a small mosh pit" in the audience. [32]

1998–2006: Signing with No Limit and continued success

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Snoop Dogg performs in Hawaii for U.S. military members in 2005.

Snoop signed with Master P's No Limit Records (distributed by Priority/EMI Records) in 1998 and debuted on the label with Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told that year. His other albums on No Limit were No Limit Top Dogg in 1999 (selling over 1,503,865 copies) and Tha Last Meal in 2000 (selling over 2,000,000). [13] In 1999, his autobiography, Tha Doggfather, was published.

In 2002, he released the album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ , on Priority/Capitol/EMI, selling over 1,300,000 copies. The album featured the hit singles "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" and "Beautiful", featuring guest vocals by Pharrell. By this stage in his career, Snoop Dogg had left behind his "gangster" image and embraced a "pimp" image.

In 2004, Snoop signed to Geffen Records/Star Trak Entertainment, both distributed by Interscope Records; Star Trak is headed by producer duo the Neptunes, which produced several tracks for Snoop's 2004 release R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece . "Drop It Like It's Hot" (featuring Pharrell), the first single released from the album, was a hit and became Snoop Dogg's first single to reach number one. His third release was "Signs", featuring Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, which entered the UK chart at No. 2. This was his highest entry ever in the UK chart. The album sold 1,724,000 copies in the U.S. alone, and most of its singles were heavily played on radio and television. Snoop Dogg joined Warren G and Nate Dogg to form the group 213 and released The Hard Way in 2004. Debuting at No.4 on the Billboard 200 and No.1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, it included the single "Groupie Luv". Snoop Dogg appeared in the music video for Korn's "Twisted Transistor" along with fellow rappers Lil Jon, Xzibit, and David Banner,

Snoop Dogg appeared on two tracks from Ice Cube's 2006 album Laugh Now, Cry Later , including "Go to Church", and on several tracks on Tha Dogg Pound's Cali Iz Active the same year. His song "Real Talk" was leaked on the Internet in the summer of 2006 and a video was later released on the Internet. "Real Talk" was dedicated to former Crips leader Stanley "Tookie" Williams and a diss to Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California. Two other singles on which Snoop made a guest performance were "Keep Bouncing" by Too $hort (also with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas) and "Gangsta Walk" by Coolio.

Snoop's 2006 album Tha Blue Carpet Treatment debuted on the Billboard 200 at No.5 and sold over 850,000 copies. The album and the second single "That's That Shit" featuring R. Kelly were well received by critics. In the album, he collaborated in a video with E-40 and other West Coast rappers on the single "Candy (Drippin' Like Water)".

2007–2012: Ego Trippin', Malice n Wonderland and Doggumentary

In July 2007, Snoop Dogg made history by becoming the first artist to release a track as a ringtone before its release as a single, "It's the D.O.G." On July 7, 2007, Snoop Dogg performed at the Live Earth concert, Hamburg. [33] Snoop Dogg has ventured into singing for Bollywood with his first ever rap for an Indian movie, Singh Is Kinng ; the song title is also "Singh is Kinng". He appears in the movie as himself. [34] The album featuring the song was released on June 8, 2008 on Junglee Music Records. [35] He released his ninth studio album, Ego Trippin' (selling 400,000 copies in the U.S.), along with the first single, "Sexual Eruption". The single peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard 100, featuring Snoop using autotune. The album featured production from QDT (Quik-Dogg-Teddy).

Snoop was appointed an executive position at Priority Records. His tenth studio album, Malice n Wonderland , was released on December 8, 2009. The first single from the album, "Gangsta Luv", featuring The-Dream, peaked at No.35 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album debuted at No.23 on the Billboard 200, selling 61,000 copies its first week, making it his lowest charting album. His third single, "I Wanna Rock", peaked at No.41 on the Billboard Hot 100. The fourth single from Malice n Wonderland, titled "Pronto", featuring Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, was released on iTunes on December 1, 2009. Snoop re-released the album under the name More Malice.

Snoop collaborated with Katy Perry on "California Gurls", the first single from her album Teenage Dream , which was released on May 11, 2010. Snoop can also be heard on the track "Flashing" by Dr. Dre and on Curren$y's song "Seat Change". He was also featured on a new single from Australian singer Jessica Mauboy, titled "Get 'em Girls" (released September 2010). Snoop's latest effort was backing American recording artist, Emii, on her second single entitled "Mr. Romeo" (released October 26, 2010 as a follow-up to "Magic"). Snoop also collaborated with American comedy troupe the Lonely Island in their song "Turtleneck & Chain", in their 2011 album Turtleneck & Chain .

Snoop Dogg's eleventh studio album is Doggumentary . The album went through several tentative titles including Doggystyle 2: Tha Doggumentary and Doggumentary Music: 0020 before being released under the final title Doggumentary during March 2011. [36] Snoop was featured on Gorillaz' album Plastic Beach on a track called: "Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach" with the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, he also completed another track with them entitled "Sumthing Like This Night" which does not appear on Plastic Beach, yet does appear on Doggumentary. He also appears on the latest Tech N9ne album All 6's and 7's (released June 7, 2011) on a track called "Pornographic" which also features E-40 and Krizz Kaliko.

2012–2013: Reincarnated and 7 Days of Funk

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Snoop Dogg as Snoop Lion, 2013

On February 4, 2012, Snoop Dogg announced a documentary, Reincarnated , alongside his new upcoming studio album entitled Reincarnated . The film was released March 21, 2013 with the album slated for release April 23, 2013. On July 20, 2012, Snoop Dogg released a new reggae single, "La La La" under the pseudonym Snoop Lion. [37] Three other songs were also announced to be on the album, "No Guns Allowed", "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks", and "Harder Times". [38]

On July 31, 2012, Snoop introduced a new stage name, Snoop Lion. He told reporters that he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica. [39] In response to Frank Ocean coming out, Snoop said hip hop was ready to accept a gay rapper. [40] Snoop recorded an original song for the 2012 fighting game Tekken Tag Tournament 2 , titled "Knocc 'Em Down"; and makes a special appearance as a non-playable character in "The Snoop Dogg Stage" arena. [41] [42]

In September of the same year, Snoop released a compilation of electronic music entitled Loose Joints under the moniker DJ Snoopadelic, stating the influence of George Clinton's Funkadelic. [43] In an interview with The Fader magazine, Snoop stated "Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg, DJ Snoopadelic—they only know one thing: make music that's timeless and bangs." [43]

In December 2012, Snoop released his second single from Reincarnated, "Here Comes the King". It was also announced that Snoop worked a deal with RCA Records to release Reincarnated in early 2013. [44] Also in December 2012, Snoop Dogg released a That's My Work a collaboration rap mixtape with Tha Dogg Pound. [45]

In an interview with Hip Hop Weekly on June 17, producer Symbolyc One (S1) announced that Snoop was working on his final album under his rap moniker Snoop Dogg; "I’ve been working with Snoop, he's actually working on his last solo album as Snoop Dogg." [46] In September 2013 Snoop released a collaboration album with his sons as Tha Broadus Boyz titled Royal Fam. [47] On October 28, 2013, Snoop Dogg released another mixtape entitled That's My Work 2 hosted by DJ Drama. [48] Snoop formed a funk duo with musician Dâm-Funk called 7 Days of Funk and released their eponymous debut album on December 10, 2013.

2014–present: Bush, Coolaid,Neva Left and Bible of Love

In August 2014, a clip surfaced online featuring a sneak preview of a song Snoop had recorded for Pharrell. [49] Snoop's Pharrell Williams-produced album Bush was released on May 12, 2015, [50] with the first single "Peaches N Cream" having been released on March 10, 2015.

On June 13, 2016, Snoop Dogg announced the release date for his album Coolaid , which was released on July 1, 2016. [51]

He headlined a "unity party" for donors at Philly's Electric Factory on July 28, 2016, the last day of the Democratic National Convention. [52]

Released March 1, 2017 through his own Doggy Style Records, "Promise You This" precedes the release of his upcoming Coolaid film based on the album of the same name.

Snoop Dogg released his fifteenth studio album Neva Left in May 2017. [53] He released a gospel album titled Bible of Love on March 16, 2018. [54]

Snoop was featured on Gorillaz' latest album The Now Now on a track called: "Hollywood" with Jamie Principle. [55]

In November 2018, Snoop Dogg announced plans for his Puff Puff Pass tour, which features Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Too $hort, Warren G, Kurupt, and others. The tour will run from November 24 to January 5. [10]

Other ventures

Snoop Dogg has appeared in numerous films and television episodes throughout his career. His starring roles in film includes The Wash (with Dr. Dre) and the horror film Bones . He also co-starred with rapper Wiz Khalifa in the 2012 movie Mac and Devin Go to High School which a sequel has been announced. [56] He has had various supporting and cameo roles in film, including Half Baked , Training Day , Starsky & Hutch , and Brüno .

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Snoop Dogg at WrestleMania XXIV at Orlando's Citrus Bowl with Ashley Massaro and tag team partner Maria, March 30, 2008

He has starred in three television programs: sketch-comedy show Doggy Fizzle Televizzle , variety show Dogg After Dark , and reality show Snoop Dogg's Father Hood (also starring Snoop's wife and children). He has starred in episodes of King of the Hill , Las Vegas , and Monk , one episode of Robot Chicken , [57] as well as three episodes of One Life to Live . [58] He has participated in three Comedy Central Roasts, for Flavor Flav, Donald Trump, and Justin Bieber. Cameo television appearances include episodes of The L Word , Weeds , Entourage , I Get That a Lot , and The Price Is Right . He has also appeared in an episode of the YouTube video series, Epic Rap Battles of History as Moses. [59]

In 2000, Snoop (as "Michael J. Corleone") directed Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle , a pornographic film produced by Hustler. The film, combining hip hop with x-rated material, was a huge success and won "Top Selling Release of the Year" at the 2002 AVN Awards. [60] Snoop then directed Snoop Dogg's Hustlaz: Diary of a Pimp in 2002 (using the nickname "Snoop Scorsese"). [61]

Snoop founded his own production company, Snoopadelic Films, in 2005. Their debut film was Boss'n Up , a film inspired by Snoop Dogg's album R&G, starring Lil Jon and Trina. [62]

On March 30, 2008 he appeared at WrestleMania XXIV as a Master of Ceremonies for a tag team match between Maria and Ashley Massaro as they took on Beth Phoenix and Melina. [63]

In December 2013, Snoop performed at the annual Kennedy Center Honors concert, honoring jazz pianist Herbie Hancock. After his performance, Snoop credited Hancock with "inventing hip-hop". [64]

On several occasions, Snoop has appeared at the Players Ball in support of Bishop Don Magic Juan. [65] [66] Juan appeared on Snoop's videos for "Boss Playa", "A.D.I.D.A.C.", "P.I.M.P. (Remix)", "Nuthin' Without Me" and "A Pimp's Christmas Song."

In November 2015, he starred in an Old Navy TV commercial together with Kumail Nanjiani and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. [67]

In January 2016, a Change.org petition was created in the hopes of having Dogg narrate the entire Planet Earth series. The petition comes after Snoop narrated a number of nature clips on Jimmy Kimmel Live ! [68]

In April 2016, Snoop Dogg performed "Straight outta Compton" and "Fuck tha Police" at Coachella, during a reunion of N.W.A. members Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and MC Ren. [69]

He hosted a Basketball fundraiser "Hoops 4 Water" for Flint, Michigan. [70] The event occurred on May 21, 2016 and was run by former Toronto Raptors star and Flint native Morris Peterson. [70]

In the fall of 2016, VH1 premiered a new show featuring Snoop Dogg and his friend Martha Stewart called Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party , featuring games, recipes, and musical guests. [71] Snoop Dogg and Stewart also later starred together in a Super Bowl commercial for T-Mobile during Super Bowl LI in February 2017. [72]

For the Fall 2017 TV Season, Snoop hosted a reboot of The Joker's Wild (officially titled The Joker's Wild Presented by Snoop Dogg). It airs on TBS and was picked up for an initial run of 10 episodes. [73]

Style and rap skills

Kool Moe Dee ranks Snoop at No. 33 in his book There's a God on the Mic , and says he has "an ultra-smooth, laidback delivery" [74] and "flavor-filled melodic rhyming". [75] Peter Shapiro describes Snoop's delivery as a "molasses drawl" [76] and AllMusic notes his "drawled, laconic rhyming" style. [13] Kool Moe Dee refers to Snoop's use of vocabulary, saying he "keeps it real simple...he simplifies it and he's effective in his simplicity". [77]

Snoop is known to freestyle some of his lyrics on the spot for some songs – in the book How to Rap , Lady of Rage says, "Snoop Dogg, when I worked with him earlier in his career, that's how created his stuff... he would freestyle, he wasn't a writer then, he was a freestyler," [78] and The D.O.C. states, "Snoop's [rap] was a one take willy, but his shit was all freestyle. He hadn't written nothing down. He just came in and started busting. The song was "Tha Shiznit"—that was all freestyle. He started busting and when we got to the break, Dre cut the machine off, did the chorus and told Snoop to come back in. He did that throughout the record. That's when Snoop was in the zone then."

Peter Shapiro says that Snoop debuted on "Deep Cover" with a "shockingly original flow – which sounded like a Slick Rick born in South Carolina instead of South London" [79] and adds that he "showed where his style came from by covering Slick Rick's 'La Di Da Di'". [76] Referring to Snoop's flow, Kool Moe Dee calls him "one of the smoothest, funkiest flow-ers in the game". [75] How to Rap also notes that Snoop is known to use syncopation in his flow to give it a laidback quality, [80] as well as 'linking with rhythm' in his compound rhymes, [81] using alliteration, [82] and employing a "sparse" flow with good use of pauses. [83]

Snoop re-popularized the use of -izzle speak , particularly in the pop and hip-hop music industry. [84]

Personal life

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Snoop Dogg in August 2009

Snoop married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor, on June 12, 1997. On May 21, 2004, he filed for divorce from Taylor, citing irreconcilable differences. [85] The couple renewed their wedding vows on January 12, 2008. [86] They have three children together: sons Cordé (born August 21, 1994) and Cordell (born February 21, 1997), who quit football to pursue a career as a film maker, and daughter Cori (born June 22, 1999).[ citation needed ] Snoop also has a son from a relationship with Laurie Holmond, Julian Corrie Broadus (born 1998). He is a first cousin of R&B singers Brandy and Ray J, [87] and WWE professional wrestler Sasha Banks. [4] In 2015 Snoop became a grandfather, as his eldest son, Cordé Broadus, had a son with his girlfriend, Jessica Kyzer. [88]

Since the start of his career, Snoop has been an avowed cannabis smoker, making it one of the trademarks of his image. In 2002, he announced he was giving up cannabis for good; [89] that did not last long and in 2013, he claimed to be smoking approximately 80 cannabis blunts a day. [90] He has been certified for medical cannabis in California to treat migraines since at least 2007. [91] [92] [93]

Snoop claimed in a 2006 interview with Rolling Stone magazine that unlike other hip hop artists who had superficially adopted the pimp persona, he was an actual professional pimp in 2003 and 2004, saying, "That shit was my natural calling and once I got involved with it, it became fun. It was like shootin' layups for me. I was makin' 'em every time." He went on to say that on the advice of some of the pimps he knew, he eventually gave up pimping to spend more time with his family. [24]

Sports

Snoop is an avid sports fan, including hometown teams Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Lakers, and USC Trojans, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers. [94] He has stated that he began following the Steelers in the 1970s while watching the team with his grandfather. [95] He is also a fan of the Oakland Raiders, Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys, often wearing a No. 5 jersey, and has been seen at Raiders training camps. [96] He has shown affection for the New England Patriots, having been seen performing at Gillette Stadium. [97] [98] He is an avid ice hockey fan,[ citation needed ] sporting jerseys from the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins and the AHL's Springfield Indians (now the Utica Comets) in his 1994 music video "Gin and Juice". On his reality show Snoop Dogg's Father Hood , Snoop and his family received hockey lessons from the Anaheim Ducks, then returned to the Honda Center to cheer on the Ducks against the Vancouver Canucks in the episode "Snow in da Hood". [99]

Snoop is a certified football coach and has been head coach of his son Cordell's youth football teams and the John A. Rowland High School team. [100] [101] Cordell played wide receiver and defensive back at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, and received football scholarship offers from Southern California, UCLA, Washington, Cal, Oregon State, Duke, and Notre Dame. [102] [103] [104] [105] [106] [107] Cordell committed and signed a letter of intent to play for UCLA on February 4, 2015. [108] On August 14, 2015, UCLA announced that Cordell had left the UCLA football team "to pursue other passions in his life". [109]

Religion

In 2009, it was reported that Snoop was a member of the Nation of Islam. On March 1, he made an appearance at the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours' Day holiday, where he praised minister Louis Farrakhan. Snoop said he was a member of the Nation, but declined to give the date on which he joined. He also donated $1,000 to the organization. [110] [111] [112]

Claiming to be "born again" in 2012, Snoop converted to the Rastafari movement, [113] [114] [115] [116] switched the focus of his music to reggae [117] and changed his name to Snoop Lion after a trip to Jamaica. He released a reggae album, Reincarnated, saying, "I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated". [118]

In January 2013, he received criticism from members of the Rastafarian community in Jamaica, including reggae artist Bunny Wailer, for alleged failure to meet his commitments to the culture. [119] Snoop later dismissed the claims, stating his beliefs were personal and not up for outside judgment. [120] Wailer is credited for giving Snoop the name "Lion". [120]

Charity

Dogg partners with city officials and annually gives away turkeys to the less fortunate in Inglewood, California at Thanksgiving. He gave away 3000 turkeys in 2016. [121]

Politics

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Snoop Dogg speaking at a press conference following the 2016 shooting of Dallas police officers.

In 2012, Snoop Dogg endorsed Representative Ron Paul in the Republican presidential primary, [122] but later said he would vote for Barack Obama in the general election, and on Instagram gave ten reasons to vote for Obama (including "He a black nigga", "He's BFFs with Jay-Z", and "Michelle got a fat ass"), and ten reasons not to vote for Mitt Romney (including "He a white nigga", "That muthafucka's name is Mitt", and "He a ho"). [123]

In a 2013 interview with The Huffington Post , Snoop Dogg came out in support of same-sex marriage, saying, "people can do what they want." [124]

In his keynote address at the 2015 South by Southwest music festival, he blamed Los Angeles's explosion of gang violence in the 1980s on the economic policies of Ronald Reagan, and insinuated that his administration shipped guns and drugs into the area. [125]

He endorsed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in May 2016, saying, "I would love to see a woman in office because I feel like we’re at that stage in life to where we need a perspective other than the male's train of thought ... [and] just to have a woman speaking from a global perspective as far as representing America, I’d love to see that. So I’ll be voting for Ms. Clinton." [126]

Animal welfare

Snoop Dogg regularly appears in real fur garments, especially large coats, for which he attracts criticism from animal welfare charities and younger audiences. In a vodcast in 2012, the rapper asked "Why doesn't PETA throw paint on a pimp's fur coat.". [127] In 2014, Snoop Dogg claimed to have become a vegan, although he was filmed wearing fur less than a year later. [128] In June 2018, he performed at the Environmental Media Association (EMA) Honors Gala, while on the screens behind him, the logo for Beyond Meat was displayed. [129]

Business ventures and investments

Broadus has been an active entrepreneur and investor. In 2009, he was appointed creative chairman of Priority Records. [130]

In April 2015, Broadus became a minority investor in his first investment venture Eaze, a California-based weed delivery startup that promises to deliver medical marijuana to persons doorstep in less than 10 minutes. [131] [132] [133]

In October 2015, Broadus launched his new digital media business, Merry Jane, that focuses on news about marijuana. "Merry Jane is cannabis 2.0", he said in a promotional video for the media source. "A crossroads of pot culture, business, politics, health." [134]

In November 2015, Broadus announced his new brand of cannabis products Leafs By Snoop. The line of branded products includes marijuana flowers, concentrates and edibles. "Leafs By Snoop is truly the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world and proud to be a pioneer", Snoop Dogg said. "LBS is blazing a trail for the industry." In such a way, Broadus became the first major celebrity to brand and market a line of legal marijuana products. [135]

Broadus and his brand manager Nick Adler released an app, Snoopify that lets users plaster stickers of Snoop's face, joints or a walrus hat on photos. Adler built the app in May after discovering stickers in Japan. The app currently generates $30,000 in weekly sales. [136]

On March 30, 2016, Broadus was reported to be considering purchasing the famed soul food restaurant chain Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles out of bankruptcy. [137]

World records

On May 27, 2018, Snoop Dogg set the Guinness World Record for the largest Paradise cocktail. Concocted at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival, the "Gin and Juice" drink measured over 132 gallons and "contained 180 bottles of gin, 154 bottles of apricot brandy and 38 jugs of orange juice". [138]

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Mug shot (1993)

Shortly after graduating from high school, Broadus was arrested for possession of cocaine and for the following three years was frequently in and out of prison. [13] In 1990, he was convicted of felony possession of drugs and possession for sale. [139]

While recording Doggystyle in August 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested in connection with the death of a member of a rival gang who was shot and killed by Snoop's bodyguard; both men were charged with murder as Dogg was driving the vehicle from which the gun was fired. Johnnie Cochran defended both men. [140] Both men were acquitted, but Snoop Dogg remained entangled in the legal battles around the case for three years. [141]

In July 1993, Snoop was stopped for a traffic violation and a firearm was found by police during a search of his car. In February 1997, he pleaded guilty to possession of a handgun and was ordered to record three public service announcements, pay a $1,000 fine, and serve three years' probation. [142] [143] [144]

In September 2006, Snoop Dogg was detained at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California by airport security, after airport screeners found a collapsible police baton in Snoop's carry-on bag. Donald Etra, Snoop's lawyer, told deputies the baton was a prop for a musical sketch. Snoop was sentenced to three years' probation and 160 hours of community service for the incident starting in September 2007. [145] Snoop Dogg was arrested again October 2006 at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank after being stopped for a traffic infraction; he was arrested for possession of a firearm and for suspicion of transporting an unspecified amount of marijuana, according to a police statement. The following month, after taping an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , he was arrested again for possession of marijuana, cocaine and a firearm. Two members of Snoop's entourage, according to the Burbank police statement, were admitted members of the Rollin 20's Crips gang, and were arrested on separate charges. [146] In April 2007, he was sentenced to a three-year suspended sentence, five years' probation, and was required to perform 800 hours of community service after pleading no contest to two felony charges of drug and gun possession by a convicted felon. He was also prohibited from hiring anyone with a criminal record or gang affiliation as a security guard or a driver. [139]

In April 26, 2006, Snoop Dogg and members of his entourage were arrested after being turned away from British Airways' first class lounge at Heathrow Airport. Snoop and his party were denied entry to the lounge due to some members flying in economy class. After being escorted outside, the group vandalized a duty-free shop with whiskey bottles. Seven police officers were injured in the midst of the disturbance. After a night in jail, Snoop and the other men were released on bail the next day, but he was unable to perform a scheduled concert in Johannesburg. [147] On May 15, the Home Office decided that Snoop Dogg would be denied entry to the United Kingdom for the foreseeable future, and his British visa was denied the following year. [148] [149] [150] As of March 2010, Snoop Dogg has been allowed back into the UK. [151] The group involved in the incident have been banned by British Airways for "the foreseeable future." [152]

In April 2007, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship banned him from entering the country on character grounds, citing his prior criminal convictions. He had been scheduled to appear at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards on April 29, 2007. [153] Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship lifted the ban in September 2008 and had granted him visa to tour Australia. DIAC said: "In making this decision, the department weighed his criminal convictions against his previous behaviour while in Australia, recent conduct – including charity work – and any likely risk to the Australian community ... We took into account all relevant factors and, on balance, the department decided to grant the visa." [154]

He was banned from entering Norway for two years in July 2012 after entering the country the month before in possession of 8 grams of marijuana and an undeclared 227,000  kr in cash, or about US$ 24,900 as of August 2018. [155] [156] [157]

Snoop Dogg was arrested and fined for misdemeanor marijuana possession in Los Angeles in 1998, [158] in Cleveland in 2001, [159] and Sierra Blanca, Texas in 2010. [160]

Snoop Dogg, after performing for a concert in Uppsala, Sweden on July 25, 2015, was pulled over and detained by Swedish police for allegedly using illegal drugs, violating a Swedish law enacted in 1988, which criminalized the recreational use of such substances – therefore even being under the influence of any illegal/controlled substance a crime in itself even without possession. During the detention, he was taken to the police station to perform a drug test and was released shortly afterwards. The rapid test was positive for traces of narcotics, and he was potentially subject to fines depending on the results of more detailed analysis, which were expected to be completed within several weeks. [161] The rapper uploaded several videos on the social networking site Instagram, criticizing the police for alleged racial profiling; police spokesman Daniel Nilsson responded to the accusations, saying, "we don't work like that in Sweden". He declared in the videos, "Niggas got me in the back of police car right now in Sweden, cuz", and "Pulled a nigga over for nothing, taking us to the station where I've got to go pee in a cup for nothin'. I ain't done nothin'. All I did was came to the country and did a concert, and now I've got to go to the police station. For nothin'!" He announced to his Swedish fanbase that he would no longer go on tour in the country due to the incident. [162] [163] [164]

In the Death Row Records bankruptcy case, Snoop Dogg lost $2 million. [165]

Discography

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Logo used from 2002 until 2009
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Logo used since 2009

Studio albums

Collaboration albums

Filmography

Films
YearTitleRoleNotes
1994 Murder Was the Case HimselfMain role
1996 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Himself Cameo appearance
1998 Half Baked Scavenger Smoker
1999 The Wrecking Crew Dra-ManMain role
2000 Hot Boyz C-Dawg
2000 Up in Smoke Tour HimselfConcert film
2001 Training Day Blue
2001 Baby Boy Rodney
2001 Bones Jimmy BonesMain role
2001 The Wash Dee LocMain role
2003 Old School HimselfCameo
2003 Malibu's Most Wanted Ronnie RizzatVoice role
2004 Starsky & Hutch Huggy Bear Brown
2004 Soul Plane Captain Antoine Mack
2005 Racing Stripes LightningVoice role
2005 The Tenants Willie SpearmintMain role
2007 Arthur and the Invisibles MaxVoice role
2008 Singh is Kinng HimselfBollywood Movie
2009 Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder HimselfVoice role
2009 Falling Up Raul
2009 Brüno Himself
2009 Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard MaxVoice role
2011 The Big Bang Puss
2012 We the Party Big D
2012 Mac & Devin Go to High School Mac JohnsonMain role
2013 Turbo Smooth MoveVoice role
2013 Reincarnated HimselfDocumentary
2013 Scary Movie 5 Ja'Marcus
2014 The Distortion of Sound Himself
2015 Pitch Perfect 2 Himself
2015DispensaryMac JohnsonMain role
2015The Culture HighHimself
2016 Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Himself
2017 Grow House Himself
2018 Future World Love Lord
2019 The Beach Bum LingerieIn post-production
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1997 The Steve Harvey Show HimselfEpisode "I Do, I Don't"
2001 King of the Hill Alabaster JonesEpisode "Ho Yeah!"
2001 Just Shoot Me HimselfEpisode "Finch in the Dogg House"
2002–2003 Doggy Fizzle Televizzle Himself8 episodes
2003 Playmakers Big EEpisode "Tenth of a Second"
2003 Crank Yankers HimselfEpisode "Snoop Dogg & Kevin Nealon"
2004 Chappelle's Show Puppet Dangle/HimselfEpisode 10
2004 Las Vegas HimselfEpisode "Two of a Kind"
2004 The Bernie Mac Show CalvinEpisode "Big Brother"
2004 The L Word Slim DaddyEpisodes "Luck, Next Time" & "Liberally"
2004 2004 Spike Video Game Awards Host/HimselfTV special
2006 Weeds HimselfEpisode "MILF Money"
2007–2009 Snoop Dogg's Father Hood Himself2 seasons, 18 episodes
2007 Monk MurderussEpisode "Mr. Monk and the Rapper"
2008, 2010, 2013 One Life to Live Himself3 episodes, wrote and produced theme song [167]
2009 Dogg After Dark Himself1 season, 7 episodes
2009 WWE Raw Host/HimselfTV special
2010 The Boondocks MacktasticEpisode "Bitches to Rags"
2010 Big Time Rush HimselfEpisode "Big Time Christmas "
2011 90210 HimselfEpisode "Blue Naomi"
2011 The Cleveland Show HimselfEpisode "Back to Cool"
2014 Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta HimselfGuest Appearance
2014 Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood HimselfGuest Appearance
2015Snoop & Son, a Dad's DreamHimself1 season, 5 episodes
2015 Sanjay and Craig [168] Street DoggEpisode "Street Dogg"
2015 Show Me the Money 4 [169] HimselfEpisode 4
2016 Trailer Park Boys HimselfEpisode "Up In Smoke We Go", "The Super Bling Cowboy", "Thugged out Gangsta Sh*t"
2016–present Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party HimselfCo-host
2017 The Simpsons HimselfEpisode "The Great Phatsby"
2017Growing Up Hip Hop: AtlantaHimselfGuest Appearances
2017 The Joker's Wild Presented by Snoop DoggHimselfHost
2018 Sugar HimselfEpisode: "Snoop Dogg surprises a young father who is working to turn his life around."
Stage play
YearTitleRoleNotes
2018Redemption of a DoggHimselfMusical tour
Video games
YearTitleRoleNotes
2003 True Crime: Streets of LA HimselfVoice role and likeness
2004 Def Jam: Fight for NY CrowVoice role and likeness
2012 Tekken Tag Tournament 2 HimselfSnoop Dogg Stage
2013Way of the DoggHimselfVoice role and likeness
2014 Call of Duty: Ghosts Multiplayer Announcer (DLC)Voice role and likeness
2015 Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff HimselfVoice role and playable character
Biographical film portrayals
YearTitlePortrayed byNotes
2009 Notorious Anwan Glover Biographical film about the Notorious B.I.G.
2015 Straight Outta Compton Lakeith Stanfield Biographical film about N.W.A
2017 All Eyez on Me Jarrett EllisBiographical film about Tupac Shakur
N/ADPG 4 Life: Tha MovieN/AUpcoming biographical film about Tha Dogg Pound

Awards and nominations

Snoop Dogg was also a judge for the 7th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists' careers. [170]

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Notes

  1. Earlier in his career he frequently referenced himself as "Snoop Rock" and "Snoop Doggy Dogg". Other variants of names he has released music under include "Snoop", "Snoop Rock", "DJ Snoopadelic", "Snoopzilla", "Snoop Lion", and "Bigg Snoop Dogg".

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