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A colorful pop icon that has continued to change his repertoire throughout the years, Snoop Dogg has transformed his image from being the epitome of 90’s gangsta rap to becoming the well-liked personality that he is most famous for today. Born Calvin Broadus in Long Beach, California, the eccentric rapper was nicknamed Snoop by his mother because of his appearance. As a teenager on the streets of Long Beach, Snoop was always in some sort of trouble, and after graduating from high school, he served three years in prison for possession of cocaine. Like most rappers that walked the streets of the late 80’s and the early 90’s though, Snoop soon found an escape from crime through his musical talents, recording homemade tapes with friend Warren G, who was also related to the infamous Dr. Dre. After Warren introduced Snoop, Dre was instantly impressed with the young rapper’s unique style and menacing appearance, urging him to tag along on his next album, “The Chronic.” As a major player on Dre’s debut solo album, Snoop set the groundwork for his own release, but after he was arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting, his highly anticipated album was put on hold. 

When “Doggystyle” was finally released in November of 1993, the album shot to the top of the charts and debuted at number one, thanks mostly to hit singles like “What’s My Name?” and “Gin & Juice.” Snoop became an instant hit and within a year, “Doggystyle” had gone quadruple platinum, but the impending murder trial that Snoop had been preparing for continued on nearly three years before he was finally cleared of all charges. By late 1996, Snoop released his sophomore album, “The Doggfather,” to mediocre sales and reviews, but it was too late. Gangsta rap was quickly declining with the recent death of 2Pac Shakur and it looked like Snoop had lost out on his small window of opportunity. The following years found Snoop releasing a number of albums, from “Dead Man Walkin’” to “The Last Meal,” but his recording career became almost secondhand to the marketable personality he had molded himself into. Snoop was on the fast track to stardom and low-selling rap albums wasn't part of the plan.

By the new millennium, Snoop had secured a book deal for his autobiography and Hollywood was calling with a stack of movie roles that were perfect for him. Snoop wasn’t an amateur to the film world and had already appeared in the stoner film “Half-Baked” playing himself. Within two years, the rat-faced rapper started reeling in genuine roles in films like “Baby Boy” playing a fresh-out-of-prison convict and “Training Day” as a handicapped druggie. The roles had little depth, but they showcased Snoop’s decent acting skills enough to surprise film critics. Since 2002, Snoop has appeared in over ten films (including box-office hits like “Old School” and “Starsky and Hutch”) and has even branched out in to the Adult Video industry with a number of productions that exploit the popularity of his name in their titles. Whether you like the guy or not, Snoop is a one-of-a-kind character that has continually adapted and matured over two decades to become a respectable star in the entertainment industry.


Snoop On The Web

TV Guide: Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg Videos, Interviews and More on TV Guide's Online Video Guide

Snoop Dogg.com
The rapper's official site includes information on upcoming appearances, news and an online store.

Snoop Dogg Heaven
The best fan site for Snoop on the web includes an archive of interview, picture galleries, updated news and a hilarious
A-Z of Snoop Dogg.

IMDB
An internet database of Snoop's film and TV appearances.

Doggystyle Records
The official site for Snoop's record company, complete with news updates and video downloads.

MTV
The music channel's biography page for Snoop includes a news archive, discography and photo album.

Doggy Fizzle Televizzle
A small fan site for the short-lived sketch show starring the rapper.

Ask Snoop
An entertaining page that shizzolates the specified URL into Snoop Dogg talk.

Topix
The online source for entertainment news and updates.


Snoop on the Screen and Radio

You either love him or you hate him, but regardless of how you feel about the lanky rapper known as Snoop Dogg, he has become an undying presence in the world of music and more recently film and TV as well. Throughout his musical career, Snoop has released a number of successful rap albums that range from his debut solo effort "Doggystyle" to his most recent "Paid Tha Cost to Be Tha Bo$$." Aside from the appearing in heaps of atrocious rapper films that haunt the straight-to-video aisles at Blockbuster, Snoop has made acting one of his newest agendas. Starting out with a cameo as himself in "Half-Baked," Snoop quickly moved on to bigger and better things, like supporting roles in John Singleton's "Baby Boy" and "Training Day" to starring in films like "Bones," "The Wash" and "Soul Plane." Snoop's most recent film credits include another cameo appearance in "Old School," a credited voice talent as Ronnie Rizzat the rat in "Malibu's Most Wanted" and a much bigger role as the iconic Huggy Bear in the 2004 remake of the 70's hit TV show, "Starsky and Hutch." Snoop also starred in his own sketch comedy show, "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," that aired in 2003 and has produced a number of adult video titles like "Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle" and "Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style." While his acting talents haven't yet made the rapper a credible screen presence, don't expect the eccentric personality to leave anytime soon.


Latest Buzz

Snoop Dogg continues to remain an active pop culture icon every year with new musical releases, films and other miscellaneous newsworthy topics like legal issues. Recently, Snoop recorded his voice for the character of Crow in the console fighting game, "Def Jam: Fight for NY," a Mortal Kombat-like video game that features famous rappers beating each other up "Fight Club"-style in underground hangouts. Musically, Snoop returned to his roots earlier this year when he reconnected with Warren G and Nate Dogg to form the group 213 and release the album, "The Hard Way." Snoop will also release his highly anticipated solo record this November, "R&G: Rhythm & Gangsta the Masterpiece," with an already chart-climbing single, "Drop It Like It's Hot." As if the lanky rapper didn't have enough going on already, he also has plans to release a shoe collection called "The One and Only" fashioned by Pony and due out in the Fall of 2005. Finally, Snoop is also heading up the "Snooper Bowl" football tournament this coming winter, a charity football event that will pit Snoop's own youth all-star team from California against a Jacksonville youth team. The two teams will compete for the "Snooper Bowl" trophy one day before Super Bowl XXXIX and will be awarded with a trophy designed and provided by Tiffany and Co.


Living Doggy Style

On the "Harry Potter" craze:
"I keep hearing about mutha f***ing Harry Potter. Who is this mutha****er?"

On Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera:
"Britney would make a better prostitute than Christina. She's thicker."

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