Snoop Dogg prints book on rolling papers

INDIO, Calif., April 10 (UPI) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg announced he will sell songbooks with pages made from marijuana rolling papers at an upcoming festival in California.

Snoop Dogg takes football to Chicago

CHICAGO, July 31 (UPI) -- Calvin Broadus, better known as rapper Snoop Dogg, has expanded his youth football league to include Chicago, where he is opening six chapters, officials said.

Snoop Dogg's wife charged with DUI

FULLERTON, Calif., June 15 (UPI) -- Shante Broadus, the wife of rapper Snoop Dogg, has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence in Fullerton, Calif., police said.

Snoop Dogg: Welcome to my pound

NEW YORK, July 14 (UPI) -- Snoop Dogg has become the latest celebrity inviting viewers to watch the details of his daily life.

Snoop Dogg busted again

BURBANK, Calif., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Rapper-actor Snoop Dog faces new charges Wednesday following his arrest after a taping of "The Tonight Show" in Burbank, Calif.

Snoop may face charges in OC airport beef

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 25 (UPI) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg could face charges stemming from confiscation of a banned item he was allegedly carrying in a carry-on bag at a Southern California airport. Snoop was cited last month at John Wayne Airport in Orange County for carrying a retractable bat

Make-up artist sues Snoop, Kimmel

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The Emmy-award winning makeup artist sued by Snoop Dogg has alleged rape in her own Los Angeles suit against the rapper.

Snoop Dogg files for divorce

LOS ANGELES, May 25 (UPI) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg has filed for divorce from his wife of seven years in Los Angeles, it was reported Tuesday.

Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1972), better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg (previously Snoop Doggy Dogg), is a Grammy Award-nominated American rapper, record producer, and actor. Snoop is best known as an MC in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of producer Dr. Dre's most notable protégés.

His mother nicknamed him "Snoopy" as a child because of the way he dressed and because of his love of the cartoon Peanuts. When he began recording, he took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg. He shortened his name to Snoop Dogg in 1998 when he left his original record label Death Row Records and signed with No Limit Records. He popularized the catch phrase suffix "-izzle," a slang term developed by Oakland, California rap group 3X Krazy in the mid-1990s and used by Bay Area rapper E-40.

Snoop Dogg was born in Long Beach, California, the son of Beverly Tate and Vernell Varnado, who was a singer and postal worker. Snoop mentioned in his reality show, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood that his uncle was influential in his parents moving to Los Angeles from Southern Mississippi. At an early age, he began singing in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and playing piano; when he was in sixth grade, he began rapping. Snoop Dogg attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, then changed to Lindhberg High School and was later convicted for cocaine trafficking and served six months at the Wayside County Jail. Snoop Dogg was a member of a local Crips gang in Long Beach. Snoop Dogg's conviction caused him to be in and out of prison for the first three years after he graduated from high school. He thus followed up on the homemade rap tapes that he had made with his cousin Nate Dogg and best friend Warren G (stepbrother of Dr. Dre of N.W.A). Originally, Snoop's and Nate's cousin Lil' ½ Dead was also part of the group, called 213, named after the Long Beach area code at the time. One of his early solo freestyle over En Vogue's "Hold on" had made it to a mixtape, which was heard by Dr. Dre, who phoned to invite him to an audition. Former N.W.A member The D.O.C. taught him how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses, hooks and chorus. Several of his cousins also became hip hop artists and Aftermath collaborators, including RBX, Joe Cool, and his cousins, Nate Dogg and Daz Dillinger.

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