Cordazar Calvin Broadus, mainly known as Snoop Doggy Dog, became the most famous star in rap. Introduced to the world through Dr. Dre's The Chronic he not only caught the audience’s attention through his drawled, laconic rhyming, but because the violence of his lyrics seemed real. After he was arrested on charges of being a murder accomplice, the myth was even strengthened and it helped his debut album, 1993's Doggystyle, become the first debut album to enter the charts at number one. He is a Grammy Award-nominated American rapper, record producer and actor.
Cordazar Calvin Broadus was born on October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California. His father, Vernall Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran, singer, and mail carrier who Calvin says was frequently absent from his life. Calvin's parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" as a child because of his appearance and usually referred to him as Calvin at home. At an early age, Calvin Broadus began singing in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and playing piano; when he was in sixth grade, he began rapping. He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, then transferred to Jordan High School. Just after he graduated from high school he was convicted for cocaine trafficking and served six months at the Wayside County Jail. In 1993, he was charged with murder but was later found not guilty.
He began his music career in 1992 after his release. He was discovered by Dr. Dre and 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.
His second album, Tha Doggfathr, in 1996 was his last release for Death Row before he signed with No Limit Records, with which he recorded three albums from 1998 to 2001.
In addition to music, Snoop Dogg has also starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows: Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark. He also coaches a youth football league and high school football team. He has also run into many legal troubles, some of which caused him to be legally banned from the UK and Australia.
In July 2007, Snoop Dogg also made history by becoming the first artist to release a track as a ringtone prior to its release as a single, which was "It's the D.O.G." On July 7, 2007, Snoop Dogg performed at the Live Earth concert, Hamburg.
In 2009 Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records. His tenth studio album, Malice n Wonderland was released on December 8, 2009.
Won 2 AVN [Adult Video News] awards for Best Music soundtrack & Top Selling Tape for the X-rated film, Doggystyle (2001) (V).
Ranked #7 on Forbes' "Hip Hop Cash Kings" list with $17 million in earnings. 
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