CAIRO – 20 October 2017: October 20 marks the birthday of American rapper Snoop Dogg, an internationally beloved figure famous for his carefree attitude, love of drugs and multiple musical hits.
The Dogg was born as Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. on 1917 in Long Beach, California.
He earned his nickname from his mother, who commented that he looked like Snoopy from Peanuts. Young Snoop had a vested interest in music since he was a kid, singing for his school choir and playing the piano before he started rapping in sixth grade. Dogg was arrested several times for possession of drugs.
He began making music with his friends and with his cousin Nate Dogg as a way to deal with his problems, and he was noticed by producer Dr. Dre, who helped turn the then-unknown rapper into a worldwide star. Among some of his all-time biggest hits include the following:
Drop it Like It's Hot ft. Pharrell (2004)
This hit single marked the first time Snoop Dogg hits the top of the US Charts, helping to further skyrocket his popularity, especially with help form Pharrel.
Dr. Dre feat Snoop Dogg – Deep Cover (1993)
Here’s where it all started for the Dogg, with Dr. Dre managing to get Snoop’s single as part of the soundtrack for the film “Deep Cover.” Notably more aggressive here, Snoop had yet to fall into his more chill, laidback personality, which made him such a hit, though this still served to break him into the hip hop scene.
2Pac feat Snoop Dogg – 2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted (1996)
Collobarting with the late Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg held excellent chemistry with the fellow rapper, and is based on a real life shooting that Shakur had been part of. This song had been recorded just months before Shakur’s
, and Snoop brought this song back for a 2012 concert that featured a holographic Shakur.
That's That Ft. R. Kelly (2006)
Performing with R. Kelly, this song was the #20 on Billboard’s Hot 100. The music video notably shows an extravagantly dressed Snoop Dogg being treated like a king, surrounded by a harem of women, proving how far he’s come since his early days.
Peaches N Cream ft. Charlie Wilson (2015)
One of Snoop Dogg’s more recent releases, this song proves he’s still got it more than 20 years on. It also shows a return to his roots after a brief experimentation with reggae, where he’d taken on the name Snoop Lion, which he then shed.