BBC rapped for Live 8 swearing

LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- British media watchdog Ofcom has criticized the BBC for letting swear words slip through during its summer broadcast of the Live 8 concert.

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Sheriff wants rap out of Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Las Vegas Sheriff Bill Young has asked Sin City's casinos to quit booking gangster rappers, including top acts such as Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent.

Six injured during CD release party

NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Three men were stabbed and three were shot during the New York release party for slain rapper Notorious B.I.G.'s CD, "Duets: The Final Chapter."

Snoop Dogg's mom forms anti-gang group

BOSTON, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The mother of rapper Snoop Dogg has helped create and launch a new anti-gang, anti-violence group called The Mothers of Entertainers, or MOE.

XM makes Snoop Dogg exec producer

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- XM Satellite Radio has tapped Snoop Dogg as executive producer for its hip-hop Rhyme channel.

Former prostitutes protest 'Players Ball'

MAYWOOD, Ill., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Community activists, former prostitutes and elected officials protested Saturday outside the 30th annual "Players Ball Convention" outside Chicago.

Billboard Award nominees announced

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Rapper 50 Cent led all nominees with eight and Mariah Carey was close behind with seven nods Tuesday for the 2005 Billboard Music Awards.

Rapper leads anti-execution rally

SAN QUENTIN, Calif., Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg led a peaceful rally outside California's San Quentin Prison against the scheduled execution of Stanley Tookie Williams.

Snoop Dogg puts name on hot 'dogg'

BOSTON, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Rapper Snoop Dogg is launching his own line of foot-long hot dogs.

Rural animals get urban monikers

ATHENS, Ga., Nov. 7 (UPI) -- Some of the biggest names in hip-hop can be found at the University of Georgia's dairy farm, gnawing grass to the strains of easy listening music.

Green Day, Coldplay lead MTV Europe awards

LISBON, Portugal, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- British rockers Coldplay and U.S. punks Green Day grabbed two prizes each at the MTV Europe awards in Lisbon, Portugal, Thursday night.

Jackson benefit single recorded in L.A.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- A Los Angeles recording studio has been humming this week with work on Michael Jackson's benefit single for U.S. hurricane relief efforts.

Stars line up to duet with Notorious B.I.G

NEW YORK, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Some of hip-hop's biggest stars -- Eminem, Jay-Z, Nas, Snoop Dogg and Missy Elliott -- are heard on "The Notorious B.I.G. Duets: The Final Chapter."

Catering to the fashionista's phone needs

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Gone are the days when the cell phone was used simply as a tool for conversation, and connectivity was the single-biggest factor in determining customer demand.
SHIHOKO GOTO, Senior Business Correspondent
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Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg arrives in the press room at the 2008 CMT Awards at the Curb Event Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee on April 14, 2008. (UPI Photo/Alexis C. Glenn)

Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1971), better known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entertainer. Snoop is best known as a rapper in the West Coast hip hop scene, and for being one of Dr. Dre's most notable protégés. Snoop Dogg was a Crip gang member while in high school. Shortly after graduation, he was arrested for cocaine possession and spent six months in Wayside County Jail. His music career began in 1992 after his release when he was discovered by Dr. Dre. He collaborated on several tracks on Dre's solo debut, The Chronic and on the titular theme song to the film Deep Cover.

Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle was released in 1993 under Death Row Records debuting at #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle quickly became certified quadruple platinum in 1994 and spawned several hit singles, including "What's My Name" and "Gin & Juice". In 1994, Snoop released a soundtrack on Death Row Records for the short film Murder Was The Case, starring himself. In early 1996, Snoop Dogg was cleared of charges over his bodyguard's 1993 murder of Philip Woldemariam. His second album, late 1996's Tha Doggfather, also debuted at #1 on both charts with Snoop's Upside Ya Head as the lead single. Though the album sold only half as well, being certified double platinum in 1997.

Tha Doggfather was his last release for Death Row before he signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums. Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told in 1998, No Limit Top Dogg in 1999 (making it his last album of the 90s), and Tha Last Meal in 2000, which was his last No Limit Records album. Snoop then signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released his album Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss. Then he signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Ego Trippin', and Malice 'n Wonderland. His most recent release, which was on Priority, was Doggumentary in March of 2011.

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