Blunt Facts About Snoop Dogg

October 27, 2023 | Miles Brucker

Blunt Facts About Snoop Dogg

Originally from Long Beach, California, Snoop Dogg rose to prominence as one of America’s most famous rap artists after being discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A. His debut album, Doggystyle, sold almost a million copies in its first week of release and, by 1994, was certified platinum four times over. His hit tracks propelled the rise of West Coast G-funk hip hop, reaching the top ten of most played songs in America.

Although he is considered one of the art form’s most talented practitioners, he has the dubious distinction of having seventeen Grammy nominations without a win.

Here are a few other things you might not have known about the Doggfather himself: Snoop D-O-double-G.

1. What’s His Name?

His real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr., which totally explains why he changed his name to Snoop Dogg.


2. High Q

Rumor has it that Snoop has an IQ of 147 which would qualify him as a genius.


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3. Parenting 101

As a boy, his parents nicknamed him “Snoopy” because of the way he looked and because every good parent knows to refer to their son as a cartoon dog.

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4. Bloods and the Crits

Snoop was a member of the Rollin’ 20 Crips in the East Side of Long Beach. Something tells us that Rollin’ 20 wasn’t a reference to Dungeons & Dragons.

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5. Bro Code

Snoop, along with his cousins Nate Dogg, Lil’ ½, and his pal Warren G recorded homemade tapes as a group called 213, which was the Long Beach area code. It’s kind of like how Pitbull refers to himself as Mr. 305, except actually, y’know, cool.

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6. Free Your Mind

One of his early solo freestyles over En Vogue’s “Hold On” made it onto a mixtape that was heard by Dr. Dre, who invited him to audition and helped to kickstart his career.

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7. The Start of a Beautiful Friendship

Snoop Dogg first collaborated with Dr. Dre on the theme song for the 1992 film Deep Cover and then on Dr. Dre’s debut solo album The Chronic with other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound.

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8. A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Former N.W.A. associate The D.O.C is the one credited with teaching Snoop how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses, hooks, and chorus. If it weren’t for The D.O.C, Snoop could have been the most famous limerick writer in history.

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9. Risky Business

Snoop was notably on trial and the entire case concluded without any charges, ending in a mistrial. The publicity of case helped boost sales of Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle, to over five million copies which, although successful, is not an entrepreneurial tactic they recommend at Wharton.


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10. Case Closed

The Case Was Fatal, a short film about Snoop's trial involving a lethal incident, was released in 1994, along with the accompanying soundtrack. The song by the same name debuted on the Billboard 200 at number one.

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11. Here’s Johnnie!

Snoop’s lawyer was the famous Johnnie Cochran, the same lawyer who got OJ acquitted.

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12. Mama’s Boy

Snoop’s favorite track on his 1993 album was “Gangsta Life,” a gospel-inspired tribute to his mother.

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13. Speak Softly and Carry a Big…

Rolling Stone said that part of what separated Snoop from other rappers was his soft-spoken delivery. This was in contrast to other rappers who scream for no apparent reason. We’re talking to you DMX.

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14. Forgot About Dre

Snoop’s second album, The Doggfather, was co-produced by Daz Dillinger and DJ Pooh. Dr. Dre had parted ways with his previous label from an unattractive contract dispute. Subsequently, the ensuing album had a significantly different sound, and didn't fare as well as the preceding one.

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15. Biting the Hand That Feeds You

Snoop's relationship with Suge Knight took a turn for the worse after Dr. Dre's exit. Interestingly, Snoop was one of the first ones to fuel the feud, marking the battlefield with a subtly aggressive song, mysteriously named "F*** Row".

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16. Tree Hugger

In 2016, there was a petition out there calling for Snoop to narrate the entire Planet Earth series which would be absolutely amazing and, seriously, shut up, take all our money, and make this happen.

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17. Under New Management

When he first started performing, he called himself Snoop Doggy Dogg. He had to change his name to Snoop Dogg when he signed with a new label, Master P’s “No Limit,” a label that had the muscle needed to get Snoop out from under Suge Knight’s thumb.

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18.Entirely to Rights

Along with the "Doggy" part of his alias, Snoop also had to relinquish his rights to the music he had produced with the specific label. This meant that he did not see any proceeds from some of his top hits including "What's my Name," and "Was the Case".

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19. Location, Location, Location

Due to money troubles, Snoop had to sell his California mansion and ended up moving to New Orleans because of the vibrant music scene, the wonderful Cajun cuisine, and that Suge Knight allegedly ordered a hit on Snoop if he ever returned to California. But mostly because of the jambalaya.

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20. Map to the Stars

Suge even went to the extreme of putting the directions to Snoop's and Dre's homes on the Row Uncut DVD of the label, enabling people to track them down and harm them. If we’re learning anything from this, it’s that Suge Knight is a gentle and forgiving person.

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21. We Are Family

Snoop is first cousins with the renowned R&B singer, known for her role in Moesha, and with Ray J, another prominent R&B artist who also gained fame on TV...

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22. Sad Story

In 1997, Snoop married Shante Taylor, his high school sweetheart. And then, like so many people these days, he divorced his high school sweetheart.

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23. With a Twist!

But in 2008, Snoop and his high school sweetheart got back together and renewed their vows.

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24. Any Given Sunday

In 2005, Snoop started a youth football league that has helped launch a few NFL careers, including Greg Ducre, Kam Jackson, and Ronnie Hillman who was the first Snoop Youth Football League alum to win a Super Bowl.

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25. Better than Tylenol

Snoop is famous for his love of marijuana and, since 1997, has been certified in California to receive medical marijuana to treat migraines which are brought on by the lack of marijuana.

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26. To Put it Bluntly

Snoop claims that he no longer smokes weed when he coaches youth football after a kid at practice told him he smelled “like my mama’s boyfriend".

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27. The Jordan of Pimps

Although many rappers claim to be pimps, Snoop actually was a pimp from 2003 to 2004 saying it, “was my natural calling and once I got involved with it, it became fun. It was like shootin’ layups for me. I was makin’ em every time". He gave up pimping to spend more time with his family because family comes first.

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28. One Love

Snoop was a member of the Nation of Islam, but after a trip to Jamaica, claimed he was “born again,” joined the Rastafari movement, switched his focus to reggae music, and changed his name to Snoop Lion.

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29. Drop That

For reasons passing comprehension, Snoop started an Instagram feud with Iggy Azalea but apologized after rapper T.I told him in “a very, very, very cordial” conversation to chill. And you know it was cordial because T.I said it three times.

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30. The Bigger Dogg

Snoop asserts that the executives at Row Records, including Suge Knight, deserted him because he desired to quell the east/west coast discord that had led to the unfortunate demises of Tupac and Biggie Smalls. He planned to do this by public reconciliation with P. Diddy and The Notorious B.I.G. Yet, we were under the impression that Suge Knight was a reasonable individual.

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