Doggystyle Snoop Dogg, one of the most recognizable figures to come out of the early ’90s G-funk period, expanded his musical horizons far beyond his primary genre and transcended his gangsta rap roots to become a beloved pop culture fixture with forays into television, movies, football coaching, and wrestling. Snoop was first discovered through Dr. Dre’s Top Five rap smash “Deep Cover” (1992), and he swiftly rose to fame as one of the genre’s most well-known performers thanks in part to his laconic, drawled rhymes and the violent imagery his lyrics suggest. His solo album Doggystyle (1993), which included the Top Ten pop hits “What’s My Name” and “Gin and Juice,” became the first first album to peak at number one on the Billboard 200. He showed himself to be a great chameleon, riding his marijuana-loving image in many ways that helped buoy his career through the 2000s after the popularity of gangsta rap began to decline in the late ’90s. During the first decade of the twenty-first century, his biggest hits as a lead artist included “Beautiful” (2003) and the number-one “Drop It Like It’s Hot” (2004). He was also a featured artist on a plethora of significant hits by rappers, R&B singers, and pop groups. He ventured into gospel (2018’s Bible of Love), house (as a DJ), and reggae in the 2010s, but hip-hop has remained his primary genre. In the 2020s, he released albums like The Algorithm (2021), his first as an executive creative consultant for Def Jam, and BODR (2022), which marked a return to Death Row Records, his first label home.
Calvin Broadus, who was given the nickname Snoop by his mother due to his appearance, was raised in Long Beach, California, where he constantly encountered legal issues. He was jailed shortly after graduating from high school for cocaine possession, which marked the start of a three-year period during which he was frequently behind bars. Through music, he sought solace from a life of crime. Snoop started making homemade cassettes with his buddy Warren G, who also happened to be Dr. Dre’s stepbrother from the N.W.A. Dre received a video from Warren G and was so impressed with Snoop’s style that he started working with the rapper.
Doggystyle, the first debut album to reach number one on the charts, was ultimately released on Death Row in November 1993 after a number of delays. The Top Ten singles “What’s My Name?” and “Gin & Juice,” as well as the significant controversy surrounding Snoop’s arrest and his lyrics, which were deemed to be incredibly violent and sexist, kept Doggystyle at the top of the charts in the early part of 1994, despite criticisms that the album was a carbon copy of The Chronic. In the spring of 1994, while the rapper was on tour in England, tabloids and a Tory politician urged the government to expel him, partly because of his detention. By making a short film based on the Doggystyle song “Murder Was the Case” and publishing an accompanying soundtrack, Snoop took advantage of the fact that he was about to stand trial. The soundtrack debuted at number one in 1994. Doggystyle has achieved triple platinum status by then.
Doggfather Tha Snoop prepared for the case for the majority of 1995 until it ultimately got to trial in the latter part of the year. After being exonerated of all charges in February 1996, he started working on his second album without Dre as producer. Nevertheless, The Doggfather carried all the hallmarks of a Dr. Dre-produced G-funk album when it was finally released in November 1996. The album received mixed reviews and initially did well in sales, but it didn’t result in a success like “What’s My Name?” or “Gin & Juice.” The fading of gangsta rap was one factor in The Doggfather’s modest popularity. Before The Doggfather was released, Snoop’s pal 2Pac passed away. Dr. Dre had left Death Row to his collaborator Suge Knight, who had been charged with racketeering by the end of 1996. As a result, Snoop’s second album got overlooked and only sold two million copies, which was unsatisfactory for a celebrity.
Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not Told Snoop started to change his public image, moving away from his gangsta background and toward a more tranquil lyrical approach, as if sensing something was off. In 1997, he agreed to tour with Lollapalooza and mentioned two distinct collaborations with Beck and Marilyn Manson. He also started to make moves toward the rock scene. Snoop’s debut for No Limit, the solo Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told, was released in 1998. No Limit Top Dogg and Dead Man Walking then followed. Then, in December of the same year, came The Last Meal. The many album releases led to a range in musical quality, but by the turn of the century, Snoop had established himself as such a cultural phenomenon that his albums were practically incidental to the personality that inspired them. In 2001, an autobiography was published, which was then followed by a string of prominent film appearances. Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$, Snoop’s debut album for Capitol, was released before the end of 2002. For 2004’s R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, he then changed labels to Geffen. With the Pharrell Williams-produced “Drop It Like It’s Hot” and the smash “Signs” with Justin Timberlake and Charlie Wilson, the successful album gave birth to Snoop’s first number one single. Welcome to the Chuuch: Da Album, a compilation of songs from the Welcome to the Chuuch mixtape series, came out a year after R&G. He organized a West Coast peace meeting that same year in an effort to settle all disputes.
Calid is active He made appearances on Ice Cube’s Laugh Now, Cry Later and Cali Iz Active by Tha Dogg Pound in 2006. The “My Peoples” freestyle was purposefully leaked and surfaced around the end of the year. It was not surprising that “Vato,” a collaboration with Cypress Hill’s B Real, became the lead-off single from his upcoming album because the song paid homage to several members of the Latin rap scene in California. A year of intense West Coast activity was triumphantly finished off by the hard and extremely G-funk Tha Blue Carpet Treatment. He founded the production duo QDT Muzic in late 2007 after enlisting the help of two hip-hop veterans, West Coast hero DJ Quik and new jack swing legend Teddy Riley. Snoop’s 2008 album Ego Trippin’, which featured the track “Sensual Seduction,” was overseen by the crew.
Brutal Wonderland He released Malice N Wonderland in 2009, marking the beginning of a fresh partnership with the revived Priority label, which also appointed him as its creative head. When he served as host of the live wrestling television program WWE Raw, he promoted the record a few months before it went on sale. The CD/DVD package was released a year More Malice gathered a few miscellaneous items from the album and combined them with a DVD containing the short film Malice N Wonderland. With a star turn on Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” which earned Snoop his third Billboard Hot 100 number one, he continued to project a mainstream image. He released Doggumentary in 2011, which he saw as the follow-up to his legendary debut. Kanye West, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, and Willie Nelson were among the guest artists on the album, which was produced by Swizz Beats, DJ Khalil, and Scott Storch. The year also saw the release of the soundtrack and the feature film Mac + Devin Go to High School, starring Khalifa.
a week of funk Snoop Dogg visited Jamaica in 2012 and returned as Snoop Lion. With the aid of producer Diplo, he released Reincarnated, his debut all-reggae album, on RCA in 2013. Later in the year, under the name Snoopzilla, he collaborated with contemporary funk musician Dâm-Funk on the project/album 7 Days of Funk. In 2015, he collaborated with Pharrell Williams on the hip-hop project Bush, which marked his comeback to Snoop Dogg. Stevie Wonder, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, and Charlie Wilson had guest appearances on the album, which also included the single “Peaches N Cream.” In 2016, Swizz Beatz worked as executive producer of the back-to-basics album Coolaid. The same year, Snoop and Martha Stewart collaborated on the variety show Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party on VH1, which featured portions with special guests and performances by hip-hop musicians. The series continued to air into 2017, the same year that Snoop released the simultaneously retro and contemporary Neva Left, which made homage to classics by A Tribe Called Quest and Biz Markie.
I want to thank you Snoop Dogg altered gears for his 16th performance, delving into the gospel genre for Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love in 2018. When it was released, the collection, which included guests from the gospel and hip-hop scenes, topped the Billboard Gospel Albums chart. After a year, Snoop released his 17th album, I Wanna Thank Me, which was a sentimental collection that affirmed his ongoing status in modern hip-hop while also celebrating his heritage. The LP featured a cameo appearance by the late Nate Dogg in addition to Slick Rick and YG. Snoop released the restless tune “I Wanna Go Outside” in 2020 while confined to quarantine owing to the global threat posed by COVID-19, putting his feelings of housebound dissatisfaction and worries for the health of the globe to a funky, vintage instrumental. The swaggering “C.E.O.” made an early 2021 appearance on the short compilation From tha Streets 2 tha Suites, which was published on April 20 and featured Mozzy, Devin the Dude, and Larry June. Snoop joined Def Jam in June as an executive creative consultant, and The Algorithm, his debut album, was released in November. Usher, Benny the Butcher, Mary J. Blige, Too $hort, and hundreds of more guests were present on the expansive set. Four months later, Snoop made another album offer. The BODR album, which stands for “Bacc on Death Row,” was released in February 2022, the same month that Snoop bought the trademark rights to the record company that released his previous two albums.