– Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. -born October 20, 1971, known professionally as Snoop Dogg -formerly called Snoop Doggy Dogg and Snoop Lion, is an American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A, and as a result was prominently featured throughout Dr. Dre’s solo debut album, The Chronic -1992. He has since sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide. Snoop’s debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 under Death Row Records, debuting at number one on both
the Billboard 200 and Billboard
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Selling almost a million copies in the first week of its release, Doggystyle became certified 4× 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 -1996, also 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.