Today in Hip Hop History: October 20, 1971
On this day in 1971, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., aka Snoop Dogg, was born in Long Beach, California. Snoop Dogg is a West Coast rapper, actor, and pop culture icon. He has sold over 35 million records worldwide since his debut in 1993.
Snoop started out in the hip hop group 213 alongside his cousins, Nate Dogg and Lil’ 1/2 Dead, and friend Warren G. In 1992 Dr. Dre discovered Snoop and featured him several times on his debut album, The Chronic. His significant exposure on Dre’s album paved the way for his debut album, Doggystyle, which released in 1993. His debut featured several Death Row Records artists.
His second album, The Doggfather, was released in 1996 to less acclaim than its predecessor. After a feud with Suge Knight and Death Row, Snoop signed to Master P‘s No Limits Records for his next few albums. Since then, Snoop has released 10 solo albums.
In addition to his music, Snoop has also acted in several films, directed pornography, founded his own production company, appeared in WWE and Comedy Central’s Roasts. He has also cemented his legacy “on Mount Kushmore” for his excessive and well-known usage of marijuana.
Snoop Dogg is one of the largest personalities in hip hop history. Beyond the scope of hip hop, and music itself, Snoop Dogg is one of the most famous celebrities in the world. His ability to remain relevant, despite his music not always being consistent, has been a staple within the life that is Snoop Dogg. From True Too to Snoop, happy 44th birthday to the legend himself!