Snoop Dogg turns 52 today

The iconic rapper came to prominence in 1993 with Hip Hop classic “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”

Snoop Dogg turns 52 today

Snoop Dogg is celebrating his 51st birthday today. Born Calvin Cordozar Broadus in Long Beach, California on October 20, 1971, he is a West Coast rapper who evolved under the tutelage of Dr. Dre, and has received fame for albums such as “Doggystyle,” “Tha Doggfather” and “Reincarnated”. His “Snoop Dogg” nickname came from his mother because she thought he looked like Snoopy from the Peanuts cartoon. Snoop’s first album, the Dre-produced “Doggystyle” (1993), climbed its way to the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s hip-hop and Top 200 charts, based in part on the success of the singles “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?” and “Gin and Juice.” It built on the G-Funk template that The Chronic had established, as Cypress Hill’s B-Real later reminisced: “I think Dr. Dre gave Snoop a sound that would resonate in the minds of hip-hop fans for generations. It made Snoop an icon.” He has sold over 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide. Snoop has been married to his high school sweetheart Shante Taylor since 1997. They have two sons and one daughter together.

By Ken Warren, 2017/18

Look back at the 1993 music video of “What Am I (What’s My Name?” by Snoop Dogg

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