Celebrity Then And Now
Snoop Dogg
Name: Snoop Dogg
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1992 - Present
Currently Known For: Continued Rap Career
Networth: $135 MillionFamous For: "Drop It Like It's Hot," "Gin and Juice," "Who Am I"
Snoop Dogg
Name Snoop Dogg
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1992 - Present
Currently Known For Continued Rap Career
Networth $135 Million
Famous For "Drop It Like It's Hot," "Gin and Juice," "Who Am I"

Musicians have always been known to reinvent themselves as their careers go on, and in rap, perhaps none other has done this more than Snoop Dogg. Through the years, he’s gone by many different names that include Uncle Snoop, Snoop Lion, Snoop Rock and many more (some of which we can’t name), but it seems to always come back to Snoop Dogg.

Of course, that wasn’t his birth name, as Snoop Dogg was born as Calvin Broadus, Jr. in Long Beach, California on October 20, 1971. He would earn the nickname Snoopy as a child as his family said that he resembled the famous cartoon dog, and the name would stick. While most children in his area were interested in rapping right from the get-go, Snoop Dogg was actually a piano player with his local church.

It wasn’t until he hit his teenage years that he began to take an interest in hip hop, and at the same time started to get into trouble with the law. His high school years were spent mainly in the streets, rolling around with gang members, though Snoop Dogg himself says that he wasn’t a member of the Crips gang like many have reported.

Snoop Dogg actually talks about this time in his life fondly. “I’m proud, but at the same time, I’m disappointed because there’s no understanding,” he said. “It’s cool to be in a gang, it’s cool because gangs breed love and family and friendship. A lot of people don’t understand the positives of being in a gang. If there’s no understanding or explanation of why this gang was created, what’s the origins of this gang, the rules and regulations, then it becomes a disappointment.”

Snoop Dogg’s gang affiliation would continue to get him in trouble even as he teenage years came to an end, heading to jail several times, mainly for drugs. He’d spend this time writing lyrics to help his rap career, and would then record mixtapes when he was free from prison. He joined a group with rappers Warren G and Nate Dogg to start up 213, which caught the attention of Dr. Dre, who had become a famous producer and rapper because of his time with N.W.A..

Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg would work closely together when they left their respective rap groups, teaming up for the successful Dr. Dre album “The Chronic”. The exposure that Snoop Dogg received from the album was able to help him set the expectations high for his first solo album called “Doggystyle”, which included hits such as “Who Am I” and “Gin and Juice”.

It looked like Snoop Dogg was well on his way to a fantastic solo career until he was charged with murder in 1994, before being acquitted in 1996. After that close call, he was back in the studio to record more music, and didn’t look back from there. He’d release songs throughout the 1990s including “Doggfather” and collaborated again with Dr. Dre for “The Next Episode” and “Still D.R.E.”.

Since then, Snoop Dogg has continued to be one of the biggest names in all of music. He’s had several songs that have achieved mainstream success, and had his first taste of the number one spot on the charts in 2004 with “Drop It Like It’s Hot”. On top of all of that, Snoop Dogg has also had a sustained acting career. So far, we’ve seen some of his most memorable roles come from films such as “Training Day”, “Starsky & Hutch” and “Soul Plane”.

With the amount of money that he’s amassed (an estimated $135 million in his net worth), Snoop Dogg could go his entire life without coming up with another album or song. He’s more focused on coaching youth football of all things, believe it or not. “I don’t wanna do no records, I don’t wanna do no movies,” he says. “I don’t wanna do s*** but football...My business people always say it’s a loss, because when I’m in football mode I don’t go out and make money.”

At this point, though, Snoop Dogg probably couldn’t care less if he’s working year-round, instead taking the late summers and autumns off to be a coach. Still, that doesn’t mean that Snoop Dogg’s completely given up on making music. Over the past few years, he’s released a few albums that include “Coolaid”, “Neva Left” and his most recent venture, a gospel album named “Bible of Love” in 2018.

Nobody’s really going to tell Snoop Dogg that he can’t do whatever he wants to these days. After all, the man is an icon in entertainment. There will always be critics no matter what he decides to do, but Snoop Dogg knows that’s part of the territory. “It was always in me from the moment I came into the music industry, I always had gospel music influences,” he says. “I always had moments that I would reflect on that and let people know that I was a born again Christian. So it was just time for me to actually put my money where my mouth was.”