GALLERY: Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg, "Tha Doggfather" himself, dropped it like it's hot at Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 27.

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Snoop Dogg, “Tha Doggfather” himself, packed ‘em into Sleep Train Amphitheatre on Aug. 27.
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The show -- part of the national trek dubbed “The High Road Tour” -- also featured Wiz Khalifa, Kevin Gates and Jhene Aiko (stay tuned to SoundDiego for those photos too).
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No stranger to San Diego, Snoop is always a welcome sight to behold in town. He’ll be back on Sept. 16 when he performs at Kaaboo Del Mar as DJ Snoopadelic.
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Born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. in 1971, he rose to fame from Long Beach, California as Snoop Doggy Dogg in 1992.
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Discovered by N.W.A.'s Dr. Dre, he was featured heavily on Dre’s 1992 legendary album “The Chronic.” It went on to sell over 23 million albums in the U.S. alone.
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Snoop’s debut record, “Doggystyle,” was released in 1993 on Death Row Records and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
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It sold nearly a million copies in its first week of release and became certified four-times platinum by 1994.
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“Doggystyle” contained the massive hit singles “What’s My Name?” and “Gin & Juice.”
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He followed that soon thereafter with a film soundtrack “Murder Was the Case,” and then 1996’s “Tha Doggfather.” Both debuted at No. 1 on the charts.
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Snoop then followed those records with a myriad of releases after he left Death Row Records – including “Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss” (2002), “Tha Blue Carpet Treatment” (2006) and “Doggumentary” (2011).
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In 2012, after he visited Jamaica, he became inspired by the Rastafari movement and changed his name to Snoop Lion. He then released a reggae album and film called “Reincarnated.”
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Snoop Dogg is also a successful actor, having appeared in such films as “Half Baked,” “Training Day,” “Old School,” “Starsky & Hutch,” “Scary Movie 5” and “Pitch Perfect 2” (among others).
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He’s also a premier coach, coaching both a youth football team and a high school football team (both of which his son Cordell excelled on).
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It was reported earlier this year that Snoop intends to purchase the famed Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles out of bankruptcy. In other news, the restaurant will be opening a Barrio Logan location soon.
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