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As the embodiment of '90s gangsta rap, Snoop Dogg blurred the lines between reality and fiction. Introduced to the world through Dr. Dre's The Chronic, Snoop quickly became the most famous star in rap, partially because of his drawled, laconic rhyming and partially because the violence that his lyrics implied seemed real, especially after he was arrested on charges of being a murder accomplice. The arrest certainly strengthened his myth, and it helped his debut album, 1993's Doggystyle, become the first debut album to enter the charts at number one, but in the long run, it hurt his career. Snoop had to fight charges throughout 1994 and 1995, and while he was eventually cleared, it hurt his momentum. The Doggfather, his second album, wasn't released until November 1996, and by that time, pop and hip-hop had burned itself out on gangsta rap. The Doggfather sold half as well as its predecessor, which meant that Snoop remained a star, but he no longer had the influence he had just two years before.

Nicknamed Snoop by his mother because of his appearance, Calvin Broadus (born October 20, 1972) was raised in Long Beach, CA, where he frequently ran into trouble with the law. Not long after his high school graduation, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, beginning a period of three years where he was often imprisoned. He found escape from a life of crime through music. Snoop began recording homemade tapes with his friend Warren G, who happened to be the stepbrother of N.W.A's Dr. Dre. Warren G gave a tape to Dre, who was considerably impressed with Snoop's style and began collaborating with the rapper.

When Dre decided to make his tentative first stab at a solo career in 1992 with the theme song for the film Deep Cover, he had Snoop rap with him. "Deep Cover" started a buzz about Snoop that escalated into full-fledged mania when Dre released his own debut album, The Chronic, on Death Row Records late in 1992. Snoop rapped on The Chronic as much as Dre, and his drawled vocals were as important to the record's success as its P-Funk bass grooves. Dre's singles "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" and "Dre Day," which prominently featured Snoop, became Top Ten pop crossover hits in the spring of 1993, setting the stage for Snoop's much-anticipated debut album, Doggystyle. While he was recording the album with Dre in August, Snoop was arrested in connection with the drive-by shooting death of Phillip Woldermarian. According to the charges, the rapper's bodyguard, McKinley Lee, shot Woldermarian as Snoop drove the vehicle; the rapper claimed it was self-defense, alleging that the victim was stalking Snoop. Following a performance at the MTV Music Awards in September 1993, he turned himself over to authorities.

After many delays, Doggystyle was finally released on Death Row in November of 1993, and it became the first debut album to enter the charts at number one. Despite reviews that claimed the album was a carbon copy of The Chronic, the Top Ten singles "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice" kept Doggystyle at the top of the charts during early 1994, as did the considerable controversy over Snoop's arrest and his lyrics, which were accused of being exceedingly violent and sexist. During an English tour in the spring of 1994, tabloids and a Tory minister pleaded for the government to kick the rapper out of the country, largely based on his arrest. Snoop exploited his impending trial by shooting a short film based on the Doggystyle song "Murder Was the Case" and releasing an accompanying soundtrack, which debuted at number one in 1994. By that time, Doggystyle had gone quadruple platinum.

Snoop spent much of 1995 preparing for the case, which finally went to trial in late 1995. In February of 1996, he was cleared of all charges and began working on his second album, this time without Dre as producer. Nevertheless, when The Doggfather was finally released in November 1996, it bore all the evidence of a Dre-produced G-funk record. The album was greeted with mixed reviews, and it initially sold well, but it failed to produce a hit along the lines of "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice." Part of the reason of the moderate success of The Doggfather was the decline of gangsta rap. 2Pac, who had become a friend of Snoop during 1996, died weeks before the release of The Doggfather, and Dre had left Death Row to his partner Suge Knight, who was indicted on racketeering charges by the end of 1996. Consequently, Snoop's second album got lost in the shuffle, stalling at sales of two million, which was disappointing for a superstar.

Perhaps sensing something was wrong, Snoop began to revamp his public image, moving away from his gangsta roots toward a calmer lyrical aesthetic. He also began making gestures toward the rock community, signing up to tour with Lollapalooza 1997 and talking about two separate collaborations with Beck and Marilyn Manson. The solo Da Game Is to Be Sold Not to Be Told, Snoop's first effort for No Limit, followed in 1998; No Limit Top Dogg appeared a year later and Dead Man Walkin' the year after that. Tha Last Meal followed in December of that same year. The heavy release schedule resulted in varying musical quality from album to album, but by the turn of the century, Snoop had become such a cultural phenomenon that his albums almost became secondary to the personality behind them. An autobiography appeared in 2001, followed by a stream of movie roles in several high-profile pictures. Late in 2002, Snoop released his first album for Capitol, 613125Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$. He then switched to Geffen for 2004's R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The hit album was followed a year later by Welcome to tha Chuuch: Da Album, a collection of tracks from the Welcome to the Chuuch mixtape series.

That same year he hosted a West Coast peace summit in hopes of squashing all beefs. In 2006, he appeared on Tha Dogg Pound's Cali Iz Active and Ice Cube's Laugh Now, Cry Later. Toward the end of the year the intentionally leaked "My Peoples" freestyle apppeared. The track paid tribute to many involved in Cali's Latin rap community, so it was no big surprise when "Vato" with Cypress Hill's B Real became his next album's leadoff single. The hard and very G-Funk Tha Blue Carpet Treatment triumphantly capped off a year of heavy West Coast activity.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

Snoop Dogg Discography

Tha blue carpet treatment album cover Tha blue carpet treatment

Released: 2006-11-21

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R&g (rhythm & gangsta)  the masterpiece album cover R&g (rhythm & gangsta) the masterpiece

Released: 2004-11-16

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Paid tha cost to be da bo$$ album cover Paid tha cost to be da bo$$

Released: 2002-11-26

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Duces n trays the old fashioned way album cover Duces n trays the old fashioned way

Released: 2001-07-31

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Tha doggfather album cover Tha doggfather

Released: 2001-05-22

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Tha last meal album cover Tha last meal

Released: 2000-12-19

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Snoop dogg presents tha eastsidaz album cover Snoop dogg presents tha eastsidaz

Released: 2000-02-01

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No limit top dogg album cover No limit top dogg

Released: 1999-05-11

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Da game is to be sold, not to be told album cover Da game is to be sold, not to be told

Released: 1998-08-04

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Doggystyle album cover Doggystyle

Released: 1993-11-23

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Snoop Dogg News Headlines

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Snoop Dogg Declares Classic Album Is Emerging (Posted on November 7, 2006)

Snoop Dogg Songs and Videos

Snoop Dogg - Staxxx In My Jeans

Tone BlacQ ft Snoop Dogg - Thats Wutz Up

Snoop Dogg ft Too Short - Life of Da Party

Snoop Dogg - Neva Hafta Wurry

Snoop Dogg - Sexual Eruption

Papoose ft Snoop Dogg - Bang It Out

Black Ty feat Snoop Dogg and Kurupt - Roll The Dice

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Comment by stun t, on 22nd September 2009


Yea my niger ilike your style

Comment by 818anthony, on 7th March 2008


Hell ya

Comment by DiamondA, on 27th October 2007


Snoop is da man

Comment by sureno13, on 6th June 2007


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Crips 4 life can't disrespect the snoop

Comment by Rick James, on 18th May 2007


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Yea an its a wack album

Comment by siblingz, on 17th May 2007


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Doggy dog

Comment by siblingz, on 16th May 2007


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Vato you wont belive what I saw

Comment by Clev PHI, on 26th March 2007


Yo his last two albums where straight banga's...classic. Snoop say on his hustle. Much respect

Comment by Lyrical_Ma, on 22nd February 2007


Snoop das my big homie e/s lbc rollin 20z dkpkgkc. I give him major props fo' doin what he doin in da rap game. I got so much luv and respect fo' him. Deuces^

Comment by D-Reppin, on 3rd October 2006


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Yea blue carpet droppin october-november..already got the single vato with b-real out..nice tune

Comment by dopederrick, on 24th August 2006


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New snoop dogg cd in october called "blue carpet treatment" I think

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