Snoop Dogg’s longstanding legacy in the culture is incredible: he is a “one of one.” The California-bred rapper born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. has remained relevant since the beginning of his career. He rose to fame after Dr. Dre enlisted him on the single “Deep Cover” and later his album The Chronic. Both the single and album were released in 1992.
Snoop eventually ventured out on his own path and released his debut album, Doggystyle (1993). It had great success as it took over the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and the Popular chart.
Doggystyle was only the beginning. Snoop has 19 studio albums. He later left Death Row Records in 1998 and signed to No Limit Records and released three albums: Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998), No Limit Top Dogg (1999), and Tha Last Meal (2000). After he released those three albums, he went to Priority/Capitol/EMI Records and dropped Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss (2002). Over the years he was signed to the aforementioned labels as well as Geffen Records, that produced R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin’.
Snoop Dogg wasn’t always just “Snoop Dogg.” Throughout his career, he actually changed his name to Snoop Lion when he converted to a Rastafarian. He eventually went back to his original stage name in 2015 after he released his reggae album Reincarnated (2013).
Where Is Snoop Dogg Now?
Snoop Dogg is now the owner Death Row Records, the first label to put him on. The acquisition of the label happened in 2022. Also that same year, he took the stage with Dr. Dre, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, Kendrick Lamar, and surprise guest 50 Cent at the LVI Super Bowl Halftime Show.
Outside of music, Snoop has been the host of several baking shows with Martha Stewart and hosted American Song Contest with Kelly Clarkson. Whether it is new music, a competition show on television, or the world’s biggest stage, Snoop is always front and center in our culture.
Take a look at 10 of the West Coast rapper’s best songs: