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Snoop Dog – Before He Was Famous

Before They Were Famous

Before Calvin Courdosa Roudus would change his name to Snoop Dog and briefly to Snoop Lion and then Snoop Zilla, neither of which ever really caught on.

Before Snoop Dog Would Collaborate with everyone from Swizz Beats, Kanye West, John Legend, Wiz Khalifa, to Willie Nelson and Katy Perry.

Before Snoop Dog Picked up an AVN Award for Top Selling Porno of the Year for his work as producer on Doggystyle.

Snoop got his first taste of the lime light as a choir boy and got his first job bagging groceries. He fell in love with music and became a high school legend but it wasn’t till the a relative of famed NWA member Dr. Dre hooked the two up and Snoop became Dr. Dre’s right hand man.

Debuting on Dr. Dre’s 1992 multiplatinum The Chronic performing on more than half of the album, Snoop followed with the release of Doggystyle, which set a new record as the then-biggest selling rap album but all this success almost disappeared as quickly as it arrived with him facing 25 years to life in prison on murder charges.

Snoop Dogg was born Calvin Courdosa Broadus on October 20, 1971, in Long Beach, California, the second of three sons. He was named Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. after his stepfather, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Sr. His mother is Beverly Tate. His father, Vernall Varnado was a Vietnam veteran, singer, and mail carrier who left the family when Snoop was only three months old.

Young Calvin was given the nickname Snoop because of his love to Charlie Brown, his mom told him that he watched so much that show that he was starting to look like his favourite character, the dog. 

He is a first cousin to R&B singers Brandy and Ray J, also to WWE professional wrestler Sasha Banks and future collaborator Nate Dogg.

A DNA test read by George Lopez on Lopez Tonight revealed Snoop Dogg to be of 71% African, 23% Native American, and 6% European descent.

By the age of 10, young Snoop began singing and playing piano with the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and by the sixth grade he decided he would try his hand and rapping

Something he would continue to do all throughout High School, a talent that would gain him a reputation as being one of the best up and comers in long beach.

He had a high school sweetheart by the name of Shante Taylor, the woman he would go on to marry in 2004, they would divorce for a short time only to renew their vows and together have three children.

Throughout High School where he was enrolled at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Snoop tried his hand at employment and worked bagging groceries at a local grocery shop known as Luckies but that wasn’t paying the bills and he got involved in drug dealing.

Snoop was arrested several times for drug possession and spent three years going in and out of prison. He was selling Crack and associated with the the gang Rollin 20’ Crips, and at the age of 18 he sold to an undercover cop which landed him in prison for a full year.

Then one night his family home was shot up and a bullet hit the wall just above his mothers head. Snoop then realized that his life was going down a dark and dangerous path and he started to focus more seriously on his music as a way to stay out of trouble. He also managed to graduate from high school.

In 1990 he formed a group called 213 representing the then area code for Long Beach with his cousins Nate Dogg, Lil 1/2 Dead and friend Warren G, who was a step brother to Dr. Dre who at the time had blown of with N.W.A.

213 began to record underground tapes and Warren G would pested Dr. Dre relentlessly to give the music a listen, eventually he got his chance at a party and as soon as Dr. Dre heard Snoops Drawl Gangstar Delivery he knew he had to meet this rapper.

Dre and Snoop began working together on the single “Deep Cover” for a movie of the same name. By the time Dre started recording The Chronic, Snoop was his right-hand man, performing on more than half of the album.

The Chronic was a smashing success and everyone wanted to hear and know more about this character Snoop Dog, that’s when the two entered the studio under Dre’s Death Row Records to record Doggystyle, which was one of the most anticipated rap records in history and became the first debut album to enter the charts at number one.

Songs like “What’s My Name” and “Gin & Juice” became party anthems across the country and Snoop Dogg quickly became a household name.

But before this album hit shelves Snoop was arrested on charges of being an accomplice to murder in the drive-by shooting and death of Phillip Woldermarian. A man who was shot but Snoops Body Guard in self defence as he was allegedly stalking Snoop.

Snoop stood trial in L.A. where it concluded in February of 1996 with both Snoop and his bodyguard being acquitted of all charges. Then he quickly got to work with Dre as his producer on his follow up album The Doggfather.

And the rest of the story, well you know the story, because this is Before They Were Famous.

 





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