Snoop Dogg (real name: Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., born October 20, 1971) is an American rapper and record producer. One of Dr. Dre's most popular discoveries, Snoop Dogg is known for championing marijuana and lyrics featuring over-the-top glorification of gang life and violence; he is credited for popularizing the slang "izzle," I.E. "fo' shizzle my nizzle" (the term was introduced to hip hop music by E-40, however). His stage name comes from a nickname used by his parents, because he resembled the dog Snoopy from Peanuts.
Snoop made a huge impact on Hip-Hop fans as a contributor to Dre's classic album The Chronic, and soon released his debut solo album Doggystyle. After being cleared of charges over his bodyguard's 1993 murder of Philip Woldemariam, he switched from Death Row to No Limit Records in 1996, then to Priority in 2002, and Geffen in 2004. Between 2003 and 2004, he actually was, no joke, a professional pimp, and this persona carried over to his music persona. In 2009, Snoop became chairman of Priority Records.
In film, he had starring roles in Bones, Starsky & Hutch and Hood Of Horror, as well as cameos in assorted TV shows (including King of the Hill, Monk, The Boondocks, Weeds, and Futurama) and other movies. He also directed four pornographic movies and a Girls Gone Wild video.
He collaborated on the Plastic Beach album. The entire first track is just him doing a slow rap over an uncharacteristically slow brass band track. Very nice.
As of recent he has decided to branch out into other genres under different monikers, keeping Snoop Dogg as his hip hop moniker for one last album, while releasing a reggae album as Snoop Lion, a techno album as DJ Snoopadelic, and under the name Snoopzilla he made a funk group with Dâm-Funk called 7 Days of Funk, where they released a self-titled album. Oh, he also played Moses on Epic Rap Battles of History, and did a song for Tekken Tag Tournament 2. He's also been hosting and executive-producing a revival of the game show The Joker's Wild for TBS.
Snoop Dogg has built a reputation for his willingness to work with just about anyone. People he's collaborated with include, but not limited to B-Real, Bow Wow, Insane Clown Posse, Pharrell, Limp Bizkit, The Game, Robyn, Gorillaz, Big Time Rush, Katy Perry, Wiz Khalifa, Epic Rap Battles of History, The Chainsmokers, PSY, and Jason Derulo. That's isn't counting the numerous commercials he's done as himself, or his appearances in movies and video games. It seems that if you want to get him to work with you, all you have to do is ask him nicely.
Ah, and no relation with the Scopedogs.
This musician provides examples of:
- Artifact Title: The "Snoop" in his stage name refers to Snoopy. Once he changed his name from "Snoop Dogg" to "Snoop Lion," the "Snoop" part became an artifact.
- Artistic License Music: The music video for "Sensual Seduction (Sexual Eruption)" features Snoop Dogg playing a talk-box keytar, while the vocal effect used in the song is Auto-Tune instead of the effect of the talk-box.
- As Himself: In Old School, Weeds, Brüno and Futurama. Most of his characters in film and TV are also very close to his real life and music persona.
- He also plays himself in the soap opera, One Life to Live. Apparently, he's a fan of the show (among other seemingly contradictory interests).
- Auto-Tune: In "Sexual Eruption". See Artistic License Music above for more information.
- Badass Boast: His 2016 album's opener, Legend. Goes straight into Large Ham territory as well.
- Big Good: He is considered to be this in the Hip-Hop world. Being that he is one of Rap's most respected artists, he often uses his influence to settle disputes among other rappers and to unite the Hip-hop community towards various causes.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Big time. The fact that he's high all the time probably has a lot to do with it.
- Country Rap: The song "My Medicine", produced by Everlast, and featuring Willie Nelson. More recently, a straight-up Country Song, "Superman" (with both Willie and Snoop singing, and Willie playing guitar/harmonica) appeared on his album, Doggumentary.
- Deal with the Devil: In "Murder Was the Case".
- Filk Song:
- Gangsta Rap: The Type 3 variety. It helps that Mr. Broadus Jr. is a Crip.
- Horrorcore: A few of his songs border on this, and he has even recorded out-and-out horror-oriented songs, including "Murder Was the Case", where he dies and is brought back to life by Satan, and the Bones and Hood of Horror soundtracks.
- Gospel Choirs Are Just Better: Yes, Snoop Dogg has recorded a completely serious Gospel Music album, believe it or not— Bible of Love, released in 2018. It got very good reviews, although some Moral Guardians raised questions about his lifestyle being appropriate to a religious message.
- I Have Many Names: His full stage name was originally Snoop Doggy Dogg, and he is credited as Snoop Scorsese for directing one of his porno movies (Michael Corleone is another porn directing alias). "Snoop" is also easier than calling him Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. In 2012 he decided to make a Reggae album as Snoop Lion. He also uses the name Snoopzilla for a funk album with Dâm-Funk, and DJ Snoopadelic for a techno album.
- Improv: Snoop is very good at freestyling lyrics. According to The DOC, all of "The Shiznit" from Doggystyle is freestyled:The D.O.C.: The song was "Tha Shiznit" that was all freestyle. He started busting and when we got to the break, Dre cut the machine off, did the chorus and told Snoop to come back in. He did that throughout the record. That's when Snoop was in the zone then.
- Large Ham: Especially in his 2016 album's opener Legend.
- Lighter and Softer: After the controversial Doggystyle, Snoop toned it down a bit for his next album, Tha Doggfather, saying that he wanted to appeal to a wider audience and have a more positive image. Sadly, Doggfather is considered the inferior album by far.
- In regards to his overall image, he zig-zags through both. He still plays up the thug image and he's usually portrayed as having a huge smoke cloud hanging over his head wherever he goes, but at the same time, he's started coaching a little league football team and appeared on Big Time Rush, a Nickelodeon kid's show. It's really amazing that he's able to balance the two at all.
- Mind Screw: Snoop leading an army of gummy bears in a Katy Perry music video.
- The Movie: Murder Was the Case, an expansion of his song of the same name.
- Older Than He Looks: He honestly doesn't look much older now than when he first got famous over 20 years ago. To add on to this, he also hasn't gain a single pound since then as well.
- Out-of-Genre Experience: Snoop has dabbled in a wide variety of genres, but probably the one that raised the most eyebrows so far was his 2018 album Bible of Love, a completely serious Gospel Music album with an Ensemble Cast of Christian music stars. It got predictably perplexed reviews but made it to #1 on the Gospel charts.
- Rap Metal: His take on Metallica's "Sad But True".
- Rated G for Gangsta: He's been in a few movies aimed at younger audiences, and was actually cut out of a Muppet movie because of his pornographic video release.
- Sampling: Frequent in his music.
- The main chorus melody of "Tha Shiznit" is actually the lead guitar riff of Billy Joel's "The Stranger".
- "Serial Killa" borrows its high-pitched keyboard from "Funky Worm" by The Ohio Players.
- "Gz and Hustlas"' backing music is lifted from Bernard Wright's "Haboglabotribin'". (Yes, everything from the opening toy piano to the main instrumentation is Wright's.)
- "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" samples George Clinton's "Atomic Dog", "P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)" and "Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)" by Parliament. If "G-Funk bingo" was a thing, this song would surely be a winner.
- "La La La" samples from Ken Boothe's "Artibella".
- Sir Swears-a-Lot: His raps are peppered with curse words.
- Soul Brotha: Just look at him back in his prime.
- The Stoner: Especially notable since he makes absolutely no effort to hide it, and for the most part really doesn't seem to care. He even has his own line of cannabis products.
- Smoking Is Cool: "SMOKE WEED EVERY DAY!"
- Throwing Out the Script: In an episode of Saturday Night Live, he played a character that was supposed to lose a rap battle to Kenan Thompson's character but then decided that he didn't want to lose and schooled Kenan.
- Wolverine Publicity: Very guilty of this. Snoop is one of the most heavily-featured rap artists ever.
- There is a good reason why so many younger artists call him Uncle Snoop.