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Sing-a-Long Saturday – The Rise and Rise of LBC’s Snoop Dog

Apr 16, 2011 by D. J. Schwartz

Chances are even if you’ve never seen him, heard his music, watched him on television or film– you’ve heard his name.

That’s what we’re talking about: Snoop Doggie Dog aka Snoop Dog!

Snoop, who got his nickname from his mother, is really Calvin Broadus; and he hails from Long Beach, California. As a teenager growing up in a poor neighborhood, Snoop, who hung around gang members, was always in trouble with the law. In fact, six months after he graduated from high school, Snoop landed in Wayside County jail for cocaine possession.

These experiences helped to shape his music:

My raps are incidents where either I saw it happen to one of my close homies or I know about it from just being in the ghetto," he says. "I can’t rap about something I don’t know. You’ll never hear me rapping about no bachelor’s degree. It’s only what I know and that’s that street life. It’s all everyday life, reality. Source: New York Times

After being “discovered” by Dr. Dre, a well-known and influential producer, Snoop’s music began to get some attention. Their first collaboration, the theme song of the 1992 film Deep Cover, and then on Dr. Dre’s extremely successful debut solo album The Chronic, were one of the main reasons for Snoop Dogg’s debut Doggystyle.

Doggystyle singles Who Am I (What’s My Name) and Gin and Juice reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months.

Over the course of time, “Gangsta Rap” became the center of arguments for censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg often used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians.

Then again, the controversial rapper Ice-T and his record label were held up for scorched earth policy due to one of Ice-T’s songs referencing cop killing. Now Ice-T acts as a cop on the famous Law and Order television hit series. Isn’t life funny?

Nonetheless, Snoop was able to maintain his status as one of the top Hip-Hop artists in the world; and through the years of his many recordings, he began withdrawing from the “Gangsta Rap,” genre, and into Hip-Hop that’s more mellow and possess’ additional harmonies, content, and tone.

Along the way, Snoop Dogg recorded with many of the top Rap, G-funk, Hip-Hop artists and collaborated with many other musicians also.

Snoop Dog, like few other rappers, proved to be a savvy businessman, and has created a personal business empire of movie and television labels, starred in many films and TV shows, and has an empire that’s large, diverse, and shows that this Rapper knows the street as well as the boardroom.

Snoop has his own website, facebook page, with over 8,000,000 fans and twitter accounts, and as well, owns and is in charge of a myriad of business interests, that are involved directly or indirectly, through the use of his namesake and fame.

So for this Saturday morning, let’s get down with the Dog and Dre, and listen to one of his most famous and infamous songs, Nuthin’ But A G Thang:

Peace Out, Los Angeles!

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