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Snoop Dogg

As the embodiment of '90s gangsta rap, Snoop Dogg blurred the lines between reality and fiction. Introduced to the world through Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop quickly became the most famous star in rap, partially because of his drawled, laconic rhyming and partially because the violence that his lyrics implied seemed real, especially after he was arrested on charges of being a murder accomplice. The arrest certainly strengthened his myth, and it helped his debut album, 1993's Doggystyle, become the first debut album to enter the charts at number one, but in the long run, it hurt his career. Snoop had to fight charges throughout 1994 and 1995, and while he was eventually cleared, it hurt his momentum. The Doggfather, his second album, wasn't released until November 1996, and by that time, pop and hip-hop had burned itself out on gangsta rap. The Doggfather sold half as well as its predecessor, which meant that Snoop remained a star, but he no longer had the influence he had just two years before.

Nicknamed Snoop by his mother because of his appearance, Calvin Broadus (born October 20, 1972) was raised in Long Beach, CA, where he frequently ran into trouble with the law. Not long after his high-school graduation, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, beginning a period of three years when he was often imprisoned. He found escape from a life of crime through music. Snoop began recording homemade tapes with his friend Warren G, who happened to be the stepbrother of N.W.A.'s Dr. Dre. Warren G gave a tape to Dre, who was considerably impressed with Snoop's style and began collaborating with the rapper.

When Dre decided to make his tentative first stab at a solo career in 1992 with the theme song for the film Deep Cover, he had Snoop rap with him. "Deep Cover" started a buzz about Snoop that escalated into full-fledged mania when Dre released his own debut album, The Chronic, on Death Row Records late in 1992. Snoop rapped on The Chronic as much as Dre, and his drawled vocals were as important to the record's success as its P-Funk bass grooves. Dre's singles "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" and "Dre Day," which prominently featured Snoop, became Top Ten pop crossover hits in the spring of 1993, setting the stage for Snoop's much-anticipated debut album, Doggystyle. While he was recording the album with Dre in August, Snoop was arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting death of Phillip Woldermarian. According to the charges, the rapper's bodyguard, McKinley Lee, shot Woldermarian as Snoop drove the vehicle; the rapper claimed it was self-defense, alleging that the victim was stalking Snoop. Following a performance at the MTV Music Awards in September 1993, he turned himself over to authorities.

After many 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 Ten 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 Snoop's arrest and his lyrics, which were accused of being exceedingly violent and sexist. During an English tour in the spring of 1994, tabloids and a Tory minister pleaded for the government to kick the rapper out of the country, largely based on his arrest. Snoop exploited his impending trial by shooting a short film based on the Doggystyle song "Murder Was the Case" and releasing an accompanying soundtrack, which debuted at number one in 1994. By that time, Doggystyle had gone quadruple platinum.

Snoop spent much of 1995 preparing for the case, which finally went to trial in late 1995. In February of 1996, he was cleared of all charges and began working on his second album, this time without Dre as producer. Nevertheless, when The Doggfather was finally released in November 1996, it bore all the evidence of a Dre-produced G-funk record. The album was greeted with mixed reviews, and it initially sold well, but it failed to produce a hit along the lines of "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice." Part of the reason for the moderate success of The Doggfather was the decline of gangsta rap. 2Pac, who had become a friend of Snoop during 1996, died weeks before the release of The Doggfather, and Dre had left Death Row to his partner Suge Knight, who was indicted on racketeering charges by the end of 1996. Consequently, Snoop's second album got lost in the shuffle, stalling at sales of two million, which was disappointing for a superstar.

Perhaps sensing something was wrong, Snoop began to revamp his public image, moving away from his gangsta roots toward a calmer lyrical aesthetic. He also began making gestures toward the rock community, signing up to tour with Lollapalooza 1997 and talking about two separate collaborations with Beck and Marilyn Manson. The solo Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told, Snoop's first effort for No Limit, followed in 1998; No Limit Top Dogg appeared a year later and Dead Man Walkin' the year after that. Tha Last Meal followed in December of that same year. The heavy release schedule resulted in varying musical quality from album to album, but by the turn of the century, Snoop had become such a cultural phenomenon that his albums almost became secondary to the personality behind them. An autobiography appeared in 2001, followed by a stream of movie roles in several high-profile pictures. Late in 2002, Snoop released his first album for Capitol, Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$. He then switched to Geffen for 2004's R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The hit album was followed a year later by Welcome to tha Chuuch: Da Album, a collection of tracks from the Welcome to the Chuuch mixtape series. That same year he hosted a West Coast peace summit in hopes of squashing all beefs.

In 2006, he appeared on Tha Dogg Pound's Cali Iz Active and Ice Cube's Laugh Now, Cry Later. Toward the end of the year the intentionally leaked "My Peoples" freestyle appeared. The track paid tribute to many involved in Cali's Latin rap community, so it was no big surprise when "Vato" with Cypress Hill's B Real became his next album's leadoff single. The hard and very G-funk Tha Blue Carpet Treatment triumphantly capped off a year of heavy West Coast activity. In late 2007, he recruited two hip-hop veterans -- new jack swing legend Teddy Riley and West Coast hero DJ Quik -- and formed the production team QDT Muzic. The team oversaw Snoop's 2008 album, Ego Trippin', which included the single "Sensual Seduction." In 2009, he issued Malice N Wonderland, the maiden release of a new alliance with the reactivated Priority label, which also signed him on as its creative chairman. He promoted the album a couple months prior to its street date when he hosted the live wrestling television broadcast WWE Raw. A year later the CD/DVD set More Malice rounded up some odds and ends from the album and packaged them with a DVD featuring the Malice N Wonderland short film. In 2011, he released Doggumentary, an album he considered the sequel to his classic debut. The album featured production from the likes of Swizz Beats, DJ Khalil, and Scott Storch, while guest artists included Kanye West, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, and Willie Nelson. Also arriving that same year was a feature film with Khalifa, Mac and Devin Go to High School, along with its accompanying soundtrack. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

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Dude they got ck locked up and chris and Jeff and Al and aniker and al boys and all are boys Jacob is alive in one of ther fuckef up facility's check everywhere especially all F**kin Kern county All Orange County All Los Angeles
Read the rolling stone's magazine 2005 or 6 justice's dirty little secret's fact
And Jose take a lo kat what your friends think it's ok to do!! Cause trust me you won't take apple name anywhere period!!
F**king mr president help family's you sick f**k or do you promote rape. Wake apple I now will take you out unless you loose these sheriffs
Apple knew y???
The rest of what's left of my kids I think are in hiding from those freaks I was even raped and I still only trust peace
Sheriffs go to jail done
What about my girl???
Make sure you you check all sub and kern the worst
I just keep waiting but no one has even put the bolt back in my truck wear the sway bar is under my truck so I can't even go to da dump. Ima only hear lip service. And trust me the sh have not e let me get or receive a call or tv for live news in my own home....
What trust??? I hear bout it but no one be bout it.
You know all ima heard iz corporal punishing still on all my family in county
If my son is dead an no one call me or my daughter to and no one call me to id body I only pray for them no respect
Get da f**king boyz all are boys away from da county they are not bout peace only lie's
colindch
Snoop lion now
Drop it like it's hot, very cool
Smoke weed errrday!!!!
I love how half of pandora comments are actual comments, the other half are kids posting chain comments.
lalailk
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on this screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
LONG BEACH 4 LIFE
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. However if you do not post this you will die in 2 days. Now you have started reading this don't stop. This is so scary put this on 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on this screen in big letters this is so scary because it works
weed
Smokin indo sippin on Jin n juice!!!!!
Snoop Dogg. Is. Cool
Snoop dog is the one and only gangsta. Not to mention the original one
Beautiful, love it.
Hellls ya do it.
.bells ya snoop dog Is the s**t
Love snoop Dogg
My name is big crazy I am from six pac for life
SNOOP IS COOL .ITS ALBOUT EAST SIDE FOR LIFE 68ECC
Tha real Snoop shyt!!!!!!!' n
For that one guy talking Shiz about snoop cuz he wazent in jail for that long uhh duhhh he's flipping rich all famous people get out of trouble so deal with it dick
This my favorite song by tha dogg this s**t been going foever
Kiss your hand and say your crush and pick a school day and close your hand and say your name post this on 15 other songs and you crush will ask you out
I'm cool wit snoop. But pandora, don't play a crip on a blood station
that might work I don't know
ok
Kiss your hand and say your crush and pick a school day and close your hand and say your name post this on 15 other songs and you crush will ask you out
Hes gettin old and now snoop lion:(
the king of R&B!!!!!
Don,t read this,because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life .However,if you don,t post this , you will die in 2 days .Now you,ve started reading this ,don,t stop.This is so scary.Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes.When done , press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary , because it works.f6
I already lost respect for snoop since seeing an audio interview from Tray Dee himself stating that he and tha dogg pound never did a campaign support for his jail release
HEEEEEYYYYYY ! IM ONLY 12 AND I KNOW THIS SONG WELL FROM GTA SAN ANDREAS
its a good song
Cool song
She use tah chill wit Dre up in Compton!!!!
Drop it like it's hooot⊙°⊙
jocelin760
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