Snoop Doggy Dogg
(From: Wikipedia:Snoop Dogg)
Cordazer Calvin Broadus (born October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California) is an African-American hip hop musician and actor. His mother nicknamed him "Snoopy" as a child, and he took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg (later changed to Snoop Dogg) when he began recording. The Snoop Dogg name was adopted when he signed for No Limit Records. He has also been called "Big Snoop Dogg". When he was in his late teens he joined the Rolling 20s LBC Crips in Long Beach.
Snoop Dogg was frequently in trouble with the law as a young man, in and out of jail for the three years after he graduated from high school. He began making rap tapes with his friend Warren G, who was a stepbrother of Dr. Dre of N.W.A.. Dr. Dre began collaborating with the young rapper, first on the theme song of the film Deep Cover, and then on Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic.
Snoop Dogg's contribution to The Chronic was considerable, the rapper's rhymes were as present as Dre's. The huge success of Snoop's debut Doggystyle is largely due to this intense exposure.
While recording his own debut album Doggystyle with Dre in August of 1993, Snoop Dogg was arrested in the shooting death of Phillip Woldermarian, a member of a rival gang who was later revealed to have had a secret obsession with Snoop; he was eventually acquitted on both self defense grounds and because he allegedly drove the car while his bodyguard McKinley Lee fired the fatal shots (Lee was also acquitted on self defense grounds). Snoop remained entangled in the legal battles around the case for three years.
The Doggystyle album was released in November of 1993 on Death Row Records, and became the first debut album ever to enter the charts at number one, helping to fuel the ascendance of West Coast "G-funk" rap. The singles "What's My Name" and "Gin and Juice" went to the top million, and the album remained in the charts for several months, even as controversy raged over the murder trial and his violent and sexist lyrics. Gangsta rap became the center of arguments for censorship and labeling, with Snoop often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians.
A short film about the trial called Murder Was The Case, and an accompanying soundtrack, were released in 1994. It is said, to Snoop's distress, that a lot of the hype surrounding his debut was generated by his well publicized trial. It is obvious though that the Death Row crew knew that any publicity is good publicity as this film was directed by Dr. Dre himself.
However, by the time Snoop's second album Tha Doggfather was released in November of 1996, both the furor and the popularity of gangsta rap had begun to fade, dragged down by the death of Snoop's friend Tupac Shakur and the racketeering indictment of Death Row co-founder Suge Knight. Dr. Dre had left Death Row earlier that year, and so Snoop co-produced the album himself with Dat Nigga Daz and DJ Pooh. Missing just Dr. Dre's signature G-Funk sound might not have been such a great blow to this album's reception, if it had not been for earlier mentioned circumstances, thus the album 'only' sold around 2 million copies.
He has since drawn back a bit from hardcore gangsta rap, performing with the hard rock Lollapalooza tour in 1997, and making several film appearances, in addition to producing and directing music videos for himself and other artists. He released an autobiography in 2001. During this period he released two albums on the No Limit Label. His last album on No Limit was 2000's Tha Last Meal. It featured a more laid-back style with a heavier emphasis on his 'pimp' lifestyle as opposed to his gangbanging lyrics on previous albums.
In 2002, he announced that he was giving up drinking and drugs. Later that year he released the album Paid Tha Cost to Be Da Bo$$, which featured the hit singles and videos "From Da Chuuuch to Da Palace" and "Beautiful," featuring guest vocals by the Neptunes' Pharrell Williams.
Snoop Dogg has worked with Silkk the Shocker, C-Murder, B-Legit, Babyface, Bad Azz, Bizzy Bone, Mariah Carey, Bootsy Collins, The D.O.C., Daz Dillinger, Dr. Dre, and Nate Dogg, Neptunes among others. Snoop Dogg's sound has been heavily influenced by funk, and R&B. Snoop Dogg's music features samples from earlier black artists and groups, including James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Parliament.
On 11 April 2003, Snoop was unhurt after a drive-by shooting on Fairfax Avenue in Los Angeles, California. He was riding in a motorcade of five vehicles with seven armed bodyguards when three men in another car fired multiple rounds from a semi-automatic handgun. One bodyguard was injured in the incident. 
On 21 May 2004, Snoop Dogg filed for divorce from his wife Shante Broadus, citing irreconcilable differences. He is seeking joint custody of their three children, Corde, Cordell, and Cori. They have since reconciled.
Snoop Dogg is famous for using slang invented by The Gap Band, much of which is simply derived by adding an "izz" or "izzle" sound to the word.
During the 2004 Christmas season, he was featured in a series of television commercials for T-Mobile, promoting the T-Mobile Sidekick.
- Snoop Dogg was a nephew of one of the members of the Gap Band.
- "What's My Name?" (1993) #8 US; #20 UK
- "Gin and Juice" (1993) #8 US; #39 UK
- "Doggy Dogg World" (1994) #32 UK
- "Snoop's Upside Your Head" (1996) #12 UK
- "Vapors" (1997) #18 UK
- "We Just Wanna Party with You" (featuring JD) (1997) #21 UK
- "Tha Doggfather" (1998) #36 UK
- "Still a G Thang" (1998) #19 US
- "From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" (2002) #27 UK
- "Beautiful" (feat. Pharrell) (2003) #6 US; #23 UK
- "Drop It Like It's Hot" (featuring Pharrell) (2004) #1 US, #8
- "Let's Get Blown" (featuring Pharrell) (2004)
- "Signs" (featuring Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake) (2005)
- "Ups & Downs" (2005)
- Soul Plane (2004) as Pilot
- Starsky & Hutch (2004) as Huggy Bear
- Old School (2003) as Himself
- Girls Gone Wild: Doggy Style (2002) as Himself
- The Wash (2001) as Dee Loc
- Bones (2001) as Jimmy Bones
- Training Day (2001) as Blue
- Baby Boy (2001) as Rodney
- Tha Eastsidaz (2000) as Killa Pop
- Hot Boyz (1999) as C-Dawg
- The Wrecking Crew (1999) as Dra-Man
- Urban Menace (1999) as Preacher
- I Got the Hook Up (1998) as Bar Patron
- Ride (1998) as Mente
- Caught Up (1998) as Kool Kitty Kat
- Half Baked (1998) as Scavenger Smoker
- Murder Was The Case (1994) (video) as Himself