West Coast stand up!!! When I think of West Coast Hip Hop one Emcee comes to mind. His swag, his demeanor, his trend setting and his suave is just a few things that have captivated the world and definitely kept the music world watching for over a decade.
Rapper Snoop Dog hit the scene in 1992 when Hip Hop Icon Dr.Dre debuted him on “The Chronic” on the track Deep Cover. The world was introduced to a new type of hip hop flow when Snoop hit the airwaves. Calvin Broadus aka Snoop Dogg was born on October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California. Like many artist Snoop was introduced to music through church. Broadus began singing in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and playing piano; when he was in sixth grade, he began rapping. Snoop continued finessing his flow and eventually it paid off.
When Doggy Style hit the charts it introduced hip hop and the world to a new era of music. G-funk and Gangsta rap collaborated and it took the charts by storm. Doggy Style debuting at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4× platinum. Snoop would continue to top the charts blowing his competition out the frame with hits like “What’s My Name” and “Gin & Juice”. With his smooth flow and laid back demeanor the world knew and could not deny Snoop Dogg was here for the duration.
In 1997, Snoop Dogg eventually parted ways with “Death Row Records” and signed to “No Limit Records”, where he remained until 2006.
One of Snoop favorite past times as many know is love for Mary Jane and he has never hid his love for the chronic. In 2012, after one of many trips to Jamaica, The Rapper decided it was time for a new path on his journey and converted to Rastafari and coined his new alias Snoop Lion and released his reggae album and documentary, “Reincarnated” which takes us on a walk through is experiences in Jamaica.
Twenty-Three years later this Emcee, Author, Writer, Actor, Husband and Father has proven to never judge a book by its cover and even if you face obstacles you can overcome them. Snoop Dogg has now reincarnated and reevaluated from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion. We salute you Snoop and wish you much more continued success in your journey.
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