Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., known to the world as Snoop Dogg, was born in Long Beach, California. His parents often commented how much he looked like the “Peanuts” cartoon strip character Snoopy, which is where he got his name from. From a very young age, he sang at the local church and played the piano, though his journey as a hip-hop artiste began when he was in sixth grade.
All through high school and even after graduating from it, Snoop Dogg was involved in various criminal activities, was in and out of prison several times and was also the part of a crime gang. He formed a group with his cousins and a friend and recorded and sold home made tapes. Hip-hop artiste, mentor and producer Dr. Dre listened to one such tape and called Calvin Broadus for an audition. It was here that Broadus adopted the name Snoop Dogg, paying respect to the nickname his parents gave him.
Beginning from 1992-93, Snoop Dogg has released eleven solo albums, four collaborative albums and twenty one compliations. He has also sung and made occasional appearances in films like “Da Game Of Life” (1998), “Pauly Shore Is Dead” (2003), “Boss’n Up” (2005) and so on. He has also appeared on television shows like “Dogg After Dark” and “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood”, the latter being a reality television show featuring his family. When he lent his voice to the the song “Singh Is Kinng” (“Singh Is Kinng”, 2008), a song that was also picturised on him, he took the country by storm. He is presently working on his new album “Doggumentary” (2011).