Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. known professionally as Snoop Dogg, is an American rapper, record producer, television personality and actor. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre and featured on Dre's solo debut, "Deep Cover", on Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic, he has since sold over 35 million albums worldwide. Snoop's debut album, produced by Dr. Dre, was released in 1993 by Death Row Records. Bolstered by excitement driven by Snoop's featuring on The Chronic, the album debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Selling a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle 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, his second album, Tha Doggfather debuted at number one on both charts, with "Snoop's Upside Ya Head" as the lead single.
The album was certified double platinum in 1997. After leaving Death Row Records, Snoop signed with No Limit Records, where he recorded his next three albums, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, Tha Last Meal. Snoop signed with Priority/Capitol/EMI Records in 2002, where he released Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss, he signed with Geffen Records in 2004 for his next three albums, R&G: The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Ego Trippin'. Malice'n Wonderland, Doggumentary were released on Priority. Snoop Dogg has starred in motion pictures and hosted several television shows, including Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, Dogg After Dark, he coaches a youth football league and high school football team. In September 2009 Snoop was hired by EMI as the chairman of a reactivated Priority Records. In 2012, after a trip to Jamaica, Snoop announced a conversion to Rastafarianism and a new alias, Snoop Lion; as Snoop Lion he released a reggae album, a documentary film of the same name, about his Jamaican experience, in early 2013.
His 13th studio album, was released in May 2015 and marked a return of the Snoop Dogg name. His 14th solo studio album, was released in July 2016. Snoop has 17 Grammy nominations without a win. In March 2016, the night before WrestleMania 32 in Arlington, Texas, he was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame, having made several appearances for the company, including as Master of Ceremonies during a match at WrestleMania XXIV. In 2018, he released Bible of Love. On November 19, 2018, Snoop Dogg was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. was born in Long Beach, the second of three sons. He was named after Calvin Cordozar Broadus Sr.. His mother is Beverly Broadus, his father, Vernell Varnado, was a Vietnam veteran and mail carrier, absent from his life. As a boy, Broadus's parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" because of his appearance and love of the cartoon character from Peanuts, but addressed him as Calvin at home, his mother and stepfather divorced in 1975.
When he was young, Broadus began singing and playing piano at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping. Broadus's father left the family. A DNA test read by George Lopez on Lopez Tonight revealed Broadus to be of 71% African, 23% Native American, 6% European descent; as a teenager, Broadus ran into trouble with the law. He was a member of the Rollin' 20 Crips gang in the Eastside area of Long Beach, although he stated in 1993 that he never joined a gang. Shortly after graduating from high school, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, for the next three years was in and out of jail or prison. With his cousins Nate Dogg and Lil' ½ Dead and friend Warren G, Snoop recorded homemade tapes as a group called 213, named after the Long Beach area code. One of his early solo freestyles over En Vogue's "Hold On" made it to a mixtape, heard by influential producer Dr. Dre, who called to invite him to an audition. Former N. W. A associate The D. O. C. Taught him how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses and chorus.
When he began recording, Broadus took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dr. Dre began working with Snoop Dogg, first on the theme song of the 1992 film Deep Cover, on Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic with the other members of his former starting group, Tha Dogg Pound; the huge success of Snoop Dogg's debut Doggystyle was because of this intense exposure. Fueling the ascendance of West Coast G-funk hip hop, the singles "Who Am I?" and "Gin and Juice" reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months. Gangsta rap became the center of arguments about censorship and labeling, with Snoop Dogg used as an example of violent and misogynistic musicians. Unlike much of the harder-edged gangsta rap artists, Snoop Dogg seemed to show his softer side, according to music journalist Chuck Philips. Rolling Stone music critic Touré asserted that Snoop had a soft vocal delivery compared to other rappers: "Snoop's vocal style is part of what distinguishes him: where many rappers scream, figuratively and he speaks softly."
Doggystyle, much like The Chronic, featured a host of rappers signed to or affiliated with the Death Row label including Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg, others. A short film about Snoop Dogg'
La Di Da Di
"La Di Da Di" is a song performed by Doug E. Fresh, who provides the beatboxed instrumental, MC Ricky D, who performs the vocals, it was released in 1985 as the B-side to "The Show". The song has since gained a reputation as an early hip hop classic, has been sampled or referenced in numerous other hip hop songs since its release. There are two releases of the song; the original vinyl and cassette versions contain sung lyrics from "Sukiyaki" by A Taste of Honey, but due to a lack of clearance, CD versions are missing the following refrains in the middle of the song, most because of copyright issues: It's all because of you, I'm feeling sad and blue. You went away, now my life is filled with rainy days. I love you so, how much you'll never know, Cause you took your love away from me Snoop Dogg covered "La Di Da Di" as "Lodi Dodi". Mindless Self Indulgence covered the song, with some changes in lyrics; the song has been covered live by Chuck Brown and by Korn. "La Di Da Di" has gained a reputation for being sampled and referenced by many artists.
The following is a list of other songs that referenced "La Di Da Di": Spice 1's song "Strap on The Side" says the line, "la di da di, I shot up his body". InI & Pete Rock in their collaborative song "Think twice" use a line saying "Throw a fat party and invite everybody, play all the old school hits like La Di Da Di". ADOR's song "From the Concrete" says the line, "Slam the child on the hard concrete" in the hook. Robbie Williams's song "Rock DJ" borrows the line "and when we rock the mic, we rock the mic" with the high-pitched "right!" DJ Premier sampled the song for Big Daddy Kane's song "Show & Prove". Rap rock band Hed PE's songs; the hook of The Notorious B. I. G.'s song "Hypnotize" interpolates Slick Rick's lyrics: "Ricky Ricky Ricky, can't you see? Somehow your words just hypnotize me, I just love your jazzy ways, oh MC Rick my love is here to stay", changing them to "Biggie Biggie Biggie, can't you see? Somehow your words just hypnotize me, I just love your flashy ways, I guess that's why they're broke and you're so paid."
It is sampled by Conspirituality in the song "4 All Y'all". Ini Kamoze samples the words "hit it" in his song “Here Comes The Hotstepper”. Mos Def's song "Perfect Timing" repeats the line "'cause this type of shit happens every day". Jim's Big Ego's song "Feelin' Groovy" contains a rap section, much of, altered "La Di Da Di" lyrics, including the title; the end of the hook of The Black Eyed Peas song "Don't Lie" samples the words "stop lyin'". The intro to the Ludacris and Mary J. Blige song "Runaway Love" samples the beginning of "La Di Da Di" by scratching the two words "like this". Ludacris's verse on Jennifer Hudson's song "Pocketbook" from her self-titled album: "Baby because tonight is da night/And when we rock upon the mic we rock the mic right". Will Smith's song "Pump Me Up" from his 1999 album Willennium samples this at the end of the song. De La Soul samples the word "emcee" in the song "Supa Emcees" on their album Stakes Is High, they sampled the phrase "I can't be your lover" as a running gag in several tracks on their album De La Soul Is Dead, including their Hip-house parody, "Kicked Out The House".
On the De La Soul Is Dead album, the phrase "slammed the child on the hard concrete" in the song "My Brother Is A Basehead". Pusha T quotes the phrase "slammed the child on the hard concrete", making it part of the first verse of his song titled "Blocka" -- the fourth track of his 2013 mixtape titled Wrath of Caine. Kanye West references the song in 2010's GOOD Fridays release "Take One for the Team", which features Pusha T, Keri Hilson and Cyhi the Prynce: "This here a classic like the La Di Da Di verse"; the intro to the Mary J. Blige song "No One Else" samples the beginning of "La Di Da Di" by sampling the phrase "there is no competition". Das EFX samples the words "just some men that's on the mic" in the song "Jussummen" on their album Dead Serious. 2Pac sings the final hook on the song "Lost Souls", which revolves around Slick Rick's phrase "All of y'all, keepin y'all in health...". in his song "old school", 2Pac sing "when slick rick was spitting LA-DI-DA-DI". Black Sheep samples the phrase "on and on she kept on" in their song "La Menage", featuring Q-Tip on their album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.
They sample the beatboxed, "you know what?" intro in their song "To Whom It May Concern" on their album A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing. Color Me Badd samples the phrase "to the tic toc you don't stop" in the song "I Wanna Sex You Up" on their album C. M. B. Ice Cube paraphrases the song in his track "Stop Snitchin'", singing "Nigga nigga nigga/Can't you see/Somehow your words incarcerate me", he samples the phrase "Stepped out my house stopped short" in the hook of "Look Who's Burnin", on his album Death Certificate. Ice-T's track "Radio Suckers" from the Power album contains a reference to the song in the lyrics: "They bleeped words from Doug's La-Di-Da-Di, I can't get a bleep - What's the deal? Maybe my words are just too real"; the end of "Millionaire" by Kelis and Andre 3000 samples the phrase "I feel insane" N. W. A sample the intro part that says'let it go a little something like this/Hit it!' in their song "Gangsta Gangsta". Del the Funky Homosapien samples the line "Went to the bathroom to wash up, Put some soap on my face" in his song "If You Must" from his album Both Sides of the Brain.
Junior M. A. F. I. A. Samples the line "This type of shit it happens everyday" in the chorus to "Player's Anthem". Jazmine Sullivan's "Holding You Down" contains a sample of the line "on and on and on she kept on". Mariah Carey samples the word "emcee" in the song "
G Bedtime Stories
"G Bedtime Stories" is a song by American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released on February 6, 1999 as the first single of his fourth studio album No Limit Top Dogg, with the record label No Limit Records; the music video was directed by Gee Bee. CD singleG Bedtime Stories — 3:23 G Bedtime Stories — 3:23 Snoop Dogg - primary artist Meech Wells - producer Master P - executive producer
Tha Last Meal
Tha Last Meal is the fifth studio album by American rapper Snoop Dogg. It was released on December 19, 2000, it was his third and final studio album released on No Limit and his first album on his newly founded label Doggy Style in the United States. The album was produced by Master P and Dr. Dre along with Timbaland and Soopafly; the album included the singles "Snoop Dogg", "Hennesey n Buddah" featuring Kokane, "Lay Low" featuring Nate Dogg, "Loosen' Control" and "Wrong Idea" featuring Bad Azz. The single "Snoop Dogg" was nominated for Music Video of the Year at The Source Hip-Hop Music Awards 2001; the album was nominated Album of the Year at the same ceremony. The single "Wrong Idea" was included in Bad Azz's second album Personal Business released on Doggystyle; the video for the single was attributed as a Bad Azz track that featured Snoop. Tha Last Meal was the final album from Snoop on No Limit Records. Rolling Stone - 3.5 stars out of 5 - " strongest album since 1993's Doggystyle... Snoop's chronic-marinated flow, all menthol-cool and deadpan droop, sounds as smooth as ever."Spin - 6 out of 10 - "This Meal finds him riding the Dre cache, trying to convince us he's still'G'ed-up from the feet up'....
Timbaland stuttering out the obvious singles...but Dre's laconic thumps-by-the-pound anchor most of the album."Vibe - 3.5 discs out of 5 - "Deeply steeped in P-funkology....these days, Snoop's songs are fun to listen to....nothing groundbreaking, just good solid Snoop-rap." Tha Last Meal debuted at number nine on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 397,000 copies in its first week, marking the highest debut of the week. It serves as Snoop Dogg's fifth consecutive top-ten album in the United States. In its second week, the album jumped to number five on the Billboard 200. In the third week, the album reached its peak position, reaching the number four in the Billboard 200, selling 164,000 copies; the album spent four consecutive weeks on the top-ten of the Billboard 200. It serves as Snoop's fifth consecutive album to debut at number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and remained at top for four consecutive weeks. On February 26, 2001, Tha Last Meal was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over 1 million copies in the United States.
In the year of 2001, the album it selling 1.27 million copies, ranking as the 68th best-selling album of the year. As of March 2008, the album sales 2.068 million copies in the United States, marking the third best-selling album by Snoop Dogg's in the country, behind Doggystyle and Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told. List of number-one R&B albums of 2001 Chart Data Music Video Database Tha Last Meal at Metacritic
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
From tha Chuuuch to da Palace
"From tha Chuuuch to da Palace" is a single that appeared on Snoop Dogg's sixth album Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$. The song features an uncredited Pharrell Williams, it contains re-sung elements from "Contagious" performed by The Isley Brothers. The song lyrics reference their lead singer Ron Isley; the music video was directed by Diane Martel and includes cameo appearances by Tony Cox, Tommy Davidson, Lauren London and rappers Soopafly, Goldie Loc, Uncle Junebug, Daz Dillinger and Warren G. The video includes Pharrell wearing make up to look like Bill Gates; the song was featured in the movie 50 First Dates and video game MTV Music Generator 3. There were two music videos done with the second one being the most common. In the first video, Snoop Dogg is seen performing the song at a house party. In the second video, a young Snoop Dogg fan gets a new Snoop Dogg action figure, his whole room is full of Snoop relics. As he opens the box and grabs the doll, its eyes begin sparkling, after which he drops it to the floor.
Meanwhile, the real Snoop Dogg drives a car, but as the doll hits the ground he falls to the street from nowhere. It turns out; as he starts to play with it and moves its arms, the real Snoop Dogg does the same. He first meets a group of ladies and unwillingly grabs at them, he enters a barber shop in which the hairdresser greets him, but as the fan keeps rotating the action figures arms. The real Snoop Dogg cuts everyone's hair in a funny style; this is followed by an interlude where Snoop Dogg leaves the barber shop and confronts Harvey the policeman who wants to give him a parking ticket. They agree to let Snoop get away without a ticket when a midget officer arrives and orders the other officer to put Snoop Dogg in handcuffs, he hits him on his knees with a nightstick. A girl walks by and attracts the attention of the officers, while Snoop Dogg escapes in his car; the interlude has music reference to Nuthin' But a "G" Thang and a snippet from the upcoming single Beautiful. The child makes Snoop crash his car into a tree coincidentally next to the boy's house.
Snoop Dogg's friends are having a barbecue party in a nearby park and he joins them. The fan, who has seen the car crash, runs down to see what happened, plays with the doll, which once again, causes trouble. Both Snoop and the fan realize that the doll is responsible for the troubles and Snoop takes it from him, admires the doll's qualities sends the kid on his way. In the outro members of the Snoop Dogg entourage give him shout-outs according to the repeated chorus "Snoop Dogg!"
Doggystyle is the debut studio album by American rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. It was released on November 1993, by Death Row Records and Interscope Records; the album was recorded and produced following Snoop's appearances on Dr. Dre's debut solo album The Chronic, to which Snoop contributed significantly; the West Coast style in hip-hop that he developed from Dre's first album continued on Doggystyle. Critics have praised Snoop Doggy Dogg for the lyrical "realism" that he delivers on the album and for his distinctive vocal flow. Despite some mixed criticism of the album upon its release, Doggystyle earned recognition from many music critics as one of the most significant albums of the 1990s, as well as one of the most important hip-hop albums released. Much like The Chronic, the distinctive sounds of Doggystyle helped introduce the hip-hop subgenre of g-funk to a mainstream audience, bringing forward West Coast hip hop as a dominant force in the early-1990s. Doggystyle debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, selling 806,858 copies in its first week alone in the United States, the record for a debuting artist and the fastest-selling hip-hop album ever.
Doggystyle was included on The Source magazine's list of the 100 Best Rap Albums. About.com placed the album in No. 17 of the greatest hip hop/rap albums of all time. The album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. By November 2015, the album had sold 7 million copies in the United States, over 11 million copies worldwide. In 1992, Snoop Doggy Dogg came to attention of the music industry through his vocal contributions on Dr. Dre's The Chronic; that album is considered to have "transformed the entire sound of West Coast rap" by its development of what became known as the "G-funk" sound. The Chronic expanded gangsta rap with profanity, anti-authoritarian lyrics and multi-layered samples taken from 1970's P-Funk records. Snoop Doggy Dogg contributed vocals to Dre's solo single, "Deep Cover", which led to a high degree of anticipation among hip hop for the release of his own solo album. Doggystyle and The Chronic are associated with each other because each prominently featured Snoop Dogg and because both contain G-funk style production from Dr. Dre.
The two releases are linked by the high number of vocal contributions from Death Row Records artists, including Tha Dogg Pound, RBX, The Lady of Rage, while both contain a high density of misogynistic lyrics and profanity in their lyrics. In addition, the two albums are each viewed by critics as early "G-funk classics", have been described as "joined at the hip".'Doggystyle' marked the debut of Death Row vocalist, Nanci Fletcher - the daughter of jazz legend Sam Fletcher. Gangsta rap has been criticized for its extreme lyrics, which are accused of glamorizing gang violence and black-on-black crime; the Gangsta rappers responded that they were describing the realities of life in places such as Compton and Long Beach, California. Describing Doggystyle in 1993, Snoop Doggy Dogg points to the album's realism, the extent to which it is based on his personal experience, he said, "I can't rap about something I don't know. You'll never hear me rapping about no bachelor's degree. It's only that's that street life.
It's all everyday life, reality." Explaining his intentions, Snoop Doggy Dogg claims he feels he is a role model to many young black men, that his songs are designed to relate to their concerns. "For little kids growing up in the ghettos," he said, "it's easy to get into the wrong types of things gangbanging and selling drugs. I've seen what, like, I don't glorify it, but I don't preach. I bring it to them rather than have them go find out about it for themselves." He further explained the "dream" that he would pursue after making the album: "I'm going to try to eliminate the gang violence. I'll be on a mission for peace. I know. I know if I say,'Don't kill', niggas won't kill". Doggystyle was recorded in early-1993 at Death Row Studios, it was produced in a style similar to The Chronic. Snoop Doggy Dogg collaborated with 213 and Tha Dogg Pound. Daz Dillinger, of the latter group, accused Dr. Dre of taking sole recognition for producing the album and alleged that Warren G and himself contributed to the production of the project.
Death Row Records co-founder Marion "Suge" Knight stated in 2013 that, "Daz pretty much did the whole album", that credit was signed over to Dr. Dre for a fee. Snoop Doggy Dogg said Dr. Dre was capable of making beats without the help of collaborators and addressed the issues with Warren G and Daz, stating "They made beats, Dre produced that record", he discussed the track "Ain't No Fun", mentioning that Daz and Warren G brought Dr. Dre the beat but "Dre took that muthafucka to the next level!" Bruce Williams affiliated with Dr. Dre, discussed the recording process during Dre's time at Death Row Records, stating: Dre's going to be the first one in the studio and the last one to leave. He'll start messing with a beat; as the beat starts pumping, the guys start filtering in. Everybody will smoke in. Soon enough the beat starts to make a presence. You'll look around the room and every cat, a rapper – from Kurupt to Daz to Snoop – will grab a pen, they would start writing while Dre is making a beat so by the time he's finished with the beat, they are ready to hit the booth and start spittin'.
To see those young cats – they were all hungry and wanted to make something dope. The atmosphere, there, you couldn't be wack. Williams said the album was never finished and