Calvin Broadus aka Snoop Doggy Dogg simply become more Snoop Dogg, born October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, a suburb of Los Angeles. It is the second in a family of three children, and should this nickname to his parents who found that his head was reminiscent of a dog Snoopy. Child, his life revolves around the local Baptist church, where he plays the piano, sings in a choir of young people and is a member of the basketball team, in fact it seems he was an excellent athlete and that he could have a career. At the age of 15, he moved with his family to North Long Beach and began to give concerts of rap at school. But at 18, he began to hang around with the Crips, one of the major gangs in Los Angeles. And shortly after graduating from secondary school, he was arrested for possession and sale of cocaine, which condemned him to one year in prison. Then 3 years where he was regularly imprisoned and then finds meaning in life by taking refuge in music, beginning with rapper stories of his co-detainees.
On leaving, Snoop Dogg begins by recording his first demo tapes with his friends from high school Warren G and Nate Dogg; under the name of 213 group, named after the former postcode Long Beach City, and sold them in the bins a store busy VIP Records. But Warren G is the half-brother of Dr. Dre, a member of the group NWA Compton, decided to make him listen to a cassette of their, and Dre was very impressed by the style of Snoop and his voice so special and decided to cooperate with him. It was in 1992 and his first discographic will be on the soundtrack of the film Deep Cover (with Jeff Goldblum and Lawrence Fishburne) on the song "Deep Cover" (187) produced by Dr. Dre, it will raise a genuine buzz around Snoop Dogg. But especially in the same year, with the first solo album by Dr. Dre "The Chronic" was released on the label Death Row, that the world will discover the voice and inimitable trailing dog Long Beach. It will be present on several songs including the legendary "Nuthin 'But a' G 'Thang" and "Fuckin' Wit 'Dre Day" which allow access to a real notoriety in the mid Hip Hop.
This recognition will motivate them to register earlier than scheduled his first solo album "Doggystyle", but in 1993 when he was in the studio he was arrested and accused of being an accomplice in the murder of a man, Philip Woldemariam. According to the charges, on August 25, 1993 his bodyguard, McKinley Lee, allegedly shot Woldemariam while Snoop was driving the vehicle. Snoop then pleaded self-defence, arguing that the victim was continuing and traquait since 2 days. After an appearance at the MTV Music Awards in 1993, he went to the authorities.
After numerous delays, "Doggystyle" was finally launched in November 1993 on the label Death Row and became the first album in history to enter directly number one in the charts. Despite some criticism that describe the disk as a copy of "The Chronic", the album remains at the top of the charts for weeks through the tubes irresistible "Is not No Fun," "Gin & Juice", or l 'inevitable' Who Am I (What's My Name)? , "Which extensively sample" Atomic Dog "by George Clinton, and thus discovered worldwide, the G-Funk, a mixture of funky beats and bass-laden flood of words evoking the life of every day in the ghettos of Los Angeles. But his journey is not finished, because in 1994 during a tour British local newspapers and a deputy demanded that the government expel the rapper in the country because of his legal trouble. But Snoop actually inspired abstraction and even his trial coming to make a short film based on a song from his album "Murder Was The Case," a BO even accompany this project. At that time, sales of "Doggystyle" meeting four million copies, which is four times platinum.
In 1995, Snoop Dogg had some collaborations on the album including the Dogg Pound "Dogg Food", but spent most of this year to prepare for his trial finally began in early 1996. His defence is provided by Johnny Cochran, who did wonders for OJ Case Simpson, and therefore récidiva in February 1996 because Snoop Dogg enjoys an acquittal and was laundered by the courts of all charges. Dr. Dre would have had to testify in favor of Snoop for his trial, but it did not come, which created a quarrel between the two of them, more 2Pac also criticize the conduct of Dr. Dre what rush him to leave the label Death Row.
During the year 96, Snoop posed on the double album, "All Eyez On Me" from his friend 2Pac and polishes his second solo album, which will obviously without the participation of Dr. Dre, and which takes place in an atmosphere burdensome since 2Pac died a few weeks before its release. "Tha Doggfather", which is dédicassé to his friend died, fate finally in November 1996, at a time or gangsta rap is declining; sales fall painfully and reach two million copies, and thus earned his second album moderate success. Snoop then left ill-term Death Row and decides to join with another contractor, but this time from New Orleans, Master P is the Boss label No Limit Records. He was released in 1997 his first album No Limit "Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told", but despite the hits as "Snoop World", "Woof!", "Still AG Thang" album was ignored by the fans and critics who do not like the new style of southern Snoop Dogg, and preferred the sound of his voice against a backdrop of G-Funk. But its coast popularity does not weaken, and can be found on many featurings and good numbers of big American TV shows.
In 1999, he released his 4th solo album, and therefore its 2nd at No Limit "No Limit Top Dogg." Also poorly received by critics that his previous State is not appreciated by the fans, and will mark the return of the collaboration between Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg which produce songs like "Bitch Please", "Just Dippin 'or' Buck 'Em." This album also shows its change of view since the beginning of her career, and this is no longer just the same gangsta rapper 1992, it also became a businessman. Also the same year he appeared on 4 songs masterly deDr album. Dre 'Chronic 2001 "on hits like" Next Episode "or" Still DRE ". Snoop Dogg then decided to set up her own label, Doggystyle Records, and the first to benefit from this support is none other than the group that he has just created with Tray Deee and Goldie Loc under the name of Tha Eastsidaz. And in 2000 they released under the same label the album "Tha Eastsidaz" to be certified platinum a few months after. In November 2000, he signed and the hard fate of a new group of three girls this time, the Doggy's Angels, but it was a real flop.
But at that time the his former label Death Row Records still holds the rights to break albums by Snoop Dogg with unreleased tracks, and thus make money on his back. And then he was going to break his 5th solo album, Snoop is ahead by his former team, which launches in the bins at the end of 2000 the album "Dead Man Walkin '." Finally it was in December 2000 that "Tha Last Meal" was born and therefore that his contract with No Limit ends, with continued production and mixing by Dre, and there are also all over the gratin of Westcoast Kokane to MC Ren through Nate Dogg and Lady Of Rage that allowed the album to flow in the first few weeks to more than 400000 copies. Then many sorties as the new album the group Tha Eastsidaz "Ducez 'N Trayz: the Old-Fashioned Way", which experienced less successful than the first, a Best Of Death Row released by Death Row' s Snoop Doggy Dogg Greatest Hits "with a few new surcharge, and in mid-2002 releases compile artists signed to his label DoggyStyle Records Doggy Style Allstars: Welcome to Tha House, Vol. 1. He is seen also increasingly on the big screen, "Bones," "Training Day," "The Wash," "Baby Boy".
In 2002, Snoop made his come back with "Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo $ $", which is his first solo album on his own label where you find good numbers of guests as Nate Dogg, Kokane, Warren G, Jay-Z, Lil Half Dead, Goldie Loc, The Dramatics, Redman, Pharell Williams. A very personal album where Snoop is trying out a different sort who pulled more from its beginnings, leaving aside Dre to work with The Neptunes, the producers of the most sought its compound when two tubes "From Da Chuuch To Da Palace "and" Beautiful "which will turn loop over the airwaves in the summer of 2003. Present also known as producers Just Blaze, FredWreck, DJ Premier,...
For his 7th album R & G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece released in 2004, Snoop continues to work with The Neptunes. Although this is not the taste of its fans know it from their union nevertheless a huge commercial success especially through the tube "Drop It Like It's Hot" Pharell feat, but there is also the collaboration of artists like Justin Timberlake, Charlie Wilson , 50 Cent, Lil Jon, Nelly,... After a tour in France in 2005, Snoop should meet on the stage and studio with Dre for a new project, and we should also see and hear in the cinema shortly Coach Snoop and lined the voice of a cartoon character in Arthur and the Minimoys the next film by Luc Besson.