This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

This Day In Hip Hop and Rap History

October 20th – Snoop Dogg was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, California on this day in 1971.

After graduating from high school, Snoop formed a group with his cousins Nate Dogg, Lil’ Half Dead and friend Warren G called 213, Long Beach’s area code.

The group recorded some demos that eventually made their way into the hands of Warren G’s legendary producer/brother Dr. Dre.

Dre, in turn, put Snoop on the soundtrack to the 1992 Universal Pictures film “Deep Cover”, collaborating with the young Long Beach MC on the theme song.

Fans fell in love with Snoop’s original laid back flow and he immediately developed a following.

Suge Knight then signed him to his new Death Row Records.

Snoop Doggy Dogg as he was known at the time, would make his biggest splash on Dre’s solo debut album “The Chronic”.

Snoop was featured on several songs on the album, most notably on the smash hits; “Let Me Ride” and the classic “Ain’t Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang”.

In 1993, Snoop released his much anticipated debut solo album “Doggystyle”, which already had shipped double-platinum.

The album spawned the classic hits “Who Am I (What’s My Name)” and “Gin And Juice”.

During this time, Snoop started his own record label “Doggystyle Records” and at one time had Nate Dogg, Lady Of Rage, Warren G, The Twinz, Charlie Wilson of The Gap Band and Tha Eastsidaz on his roster.

Two years later, Snoop would release one more album for Death Row, 1995’s “Tha Doggfather” and then sign with Master P’s No Limit Records in 1998.

Snoop would record three albums for No Limit, 1998’s “Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told”, 1999’s “No Limit Top Dogg” and 2000’s “The Last Meal”, one of his strongest efforts ever.

In 2002, Snoop went to Priority Records and released the successful album “Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$”.

In 2004, Snoop signed to The Neptunes’ Star Trak Records and released the hugely successful “R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) – The Masterpiece”, which produced the no.1 hit “Drop It Like It’s Hot”, featuring and produced by Pharrell Williams.

In 2004, 213 finally released their debut album “The Hard Way” with Lil’ Jon, Xzibit and David Banner as guests.

Snoop has released four more rap albums since then, 2006’s “The Blue Carpet Treatment” which featured the hit single “I Wanna Love You”, featuring Akon, 2008’s “Ego Trippin’”, which spawned his Auto-Tune fueled hit “Sensual Seduction”, 2009’s “Malice ‘N’ Wonderland” and 2011’s “Doggumentary”.

After a 2012 spiritual pilgrimage to Jamaica, Snoop announced his conversion to Ras Tafari and that he would now be changing his stage name to Snoop Lion.

He released a new reggae album in 2013 called “Reincarnated”.

Over the years, Snoop has collaborated with a slew of artists like Ice Cube, Willie Nelson, Kanye West, Chingy, 50 Cent and R. Kelly, just to name a mere few.

Snoop has also released collaboration albums with Tha Eastsidaz, Wiz Khalifa and Dam Funk.

Snoop will be releasing a new hip-hop, under Snoop Dogg again, reportedly to be his last in the near future.

Snoop has appeared in countless films as well like, “Training Day”, “Soul Plane”, “Starsky & Hutch” “Baby Boy” and “The Wash” amongst many others.

Snoop has also done numerous television appearances on shows like, “The Steve Harvey Show”, “Chappelle’s Show”, “The Bernie Mac Show”, “The L Word” and “The Cleveland Show” as well as his own reality TV series “Snoop Dogg’s Fatherhood”.

Snoop has also hosted a couple of his own variety shows, “Dogg After Dark” and “Doggy Fizzle Televizzle”.

Snoop has also started his own film production company called Snoopadelic Films.

Snoop has also been involved in numerous business ventures such as clothing lines, a shoe line, pet accessories, automobiles, hot dog wieners and cell phone applications.

Snoop’s lyrical flow has been one of hip-hop’s most influential ever as he has also been one of it’s biggest stars to date.