Snoop Dogg Tickets
The seventies were a historic period, especially for the music industry. It was a time for change, a time to challenge the status quo and a time for people to express themselves in any way they could. Music was no exception, as the world witnessed the rise of rock and roll and R&B, with some of the greatest musicians of all time making their debut during that time. However another musical revolution was taking place at the same time. In the African-American neighborhoods in New York a new form of music was taking birth and it would come to be known as Hip Hop. Little did people know the impact this genre would have on the music industry in the future, as well as the influence it would have on African-American culture in the country.
Today, Hip Hop has become one of the most diverse genres in music. It has now been divided into subgenres, which in turn have been fused with other major genres like country, pop and rock etc, to create an endless variety of categories that appeal to almost every music fan in the world. And all of this is down to the amazing artists that have led this hip hop revolution and helped spread it all around the globe. Among the pioneers is one name that is synonymous with the rap industry, and has been an integral part of this movement for over twenty years. It is none other than the Doggfather of rap, Snoop Dogg.
Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. was born in 1971 to mother Beverly Broadus Green and father Vernall Varnado. His mother was a chef, while his father was a Vietnam War vet, who had tried his hand at singing after coming back from the front, but ended up working as a mail carrier. Broadus was the second of three children and their home life was complicated from an early age, as their father did not spend too much time with his family and routinely disappeared for long stretches of time. By the time Snoop was born, his mother had already married another man, Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Sr. and even named her newly born son after him.
Snoop's mother was a deeply religious woman and instilled the same kind of values into her children as well. The family would regularly attend church, where his mother was choir leader for many years. It was here that Snoop became interested in music, with his mother encouraging his amazing talents. He ended up singing in his church choir, as well as learning to play the piano from an early age.
Snoop was a decent student at school, but it was in sports that he truly thrived. He was an important member of his high school's football team and might even have been good enough to make a career out of it. However, after graduating, Snoop faced many problems in his drug and violence ravaged neighborhood of Long Island. He found himself hanging out with people who had a bad influence on his life and who eventually pushed him into a life of drugs and crime.
Snoop started off by selling candies, newspapers or anything else he could to help his family make ends meet. However, he soon moved on to selling drugs and spent the next few years coming in and out of jail on a series of minor drug charges. To this day he regrets this time in his life and stated in a 1993 interview that "there ain't nothin' cool about selling dope. I did it because I thought it was cool but I was wrong and I went to jail for it."
However, jail proved to be a blessing in disguise for him as it provided him with time to reflect on his life choices and what he wanted to do in the future. It was also where he realized he had an aptitude for hip hop. Talking about this moment he said "I was rappin' in the county jail, a lot of the older inmates told me, 'Man, you're too talented to be in here. You need to be outside, not wasting your life away with crime." It provided him with a purpose in life and helped him move away from the ghetto which in his opinion was all "tore up."
Snoop's amazing gift for rapping was discovered for the first time when he was around ten years old. He was a natural at it, but it still required hours and hours of practice for him to properly hone his talent. By the time he was fifteen, he had built up quite a reputation for himself in his school, so much so that he once stated "When I rapped in the hallways at school I would draw such a big crowd that the principal would think there was a fight going on."
Soon after he started to focus on writing original material, which he began recording and selling out of the trunk of his car. He even founded a rap group with Nate Dogg and Warren G, which they dubbed 213. By the time he was twenty years old, he one day got a call from the world famous rapper and record producer Dr. Dre. He had heard one of his tapes and wanted him to collaborate with him on his next record. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Dr. Dre has long been known for his eye for talent and it was never more evident than when he signed Snoop Dogg. Initially brought in to work on the title track for a movie called "Deep Cover," he went on to feature on Dr. Dre's highly rated 1992 album, titled "The Chronic." Both these experiences made him a popular name in the rap industry and brought him more mainstream exposure than he could have possibly dreamt of. It also laid the groundwork for his debut effort, titled "Doggystyle."
The album was an instant success, managing to sell over eight hundred thousand copies in its very first week. It debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and was at the time the fastest selling debut album for a hip hop artist in history. The album went on to record platinum level sales in UK and Canada, while it was certified four times platinum in the US. It ultimately sold over seven million copies in the country, and over eleven million around the world.
To this day the album is considered one of the most influential hip hop records of all time and helped turn Snoop into a universal superstar. However, during this time he got embroiled in a court case, that would drag on for the next three years and it wasn't until 1996 that he finally returned to the studios to record "Tha Doggfather." The album once again managed to do quite well and made it to the top of the music charts in the US and Italy. It also made it to number one on the UK R&B Albums charts and number twelve on the Australian music charts. It also recorded over two million sales in the US, was certified platinum in Canada and gold in the UK.
Over the next three years, Snoop released two more albums, "Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told" in 1998 and "No Limit Top Dogg" in 1999. The former topped the Billboard charts, while the latter made it to number two. Both also recorded platinum level sales in the US.
Back in 1995, Snoop Dogg had started his own record label and called it "Doggy Style Records." His 2000 album, titled "Tha Last Meal" was the first record released by the label, and it proved to be a great success. The album made it to number four on the Billboard charts and number one on the US Hip Hop albums charts. The record sold over two million copies in the US and was certified platinum in Canada.
During this period Snoop released five more albums; "Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss" in 2002, "R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece" in 2004, "Tha Blue Carpet Treatment" in 2006, "Ego Trippin'" in 2008 and "Malice n Wonderland" in 2009. All these albums made it to the top five of the US Hip hop albums charts and three made it into the top ten of the Billboard charts.
The bestselling album among those was his 2004 release "R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece." It made it to number four on the US Hip Hop music charts and number six on the Billboard charts. It also made it to number eight on the Canadian music charts and number twelve on the UK music charts. It was also certified platinum in both countries, along with the US and recorded gold level sales in Germany, Australia, France, Switzerland and many more countries. All in all it sold over three and a half million copies around the globe.
Snoop kicked off the new decade with his 2011 release "Doggumentary." Initially envisioned as a sequel to his first ever album, "Doggystyle," he changed his mind halfway through the recording of the album, and decided to take a completely different direction. He sought the assistance of some of the biggest names in the music industry to collaborate with him in order to produce the record. Those industry stalwarts included Kanye West, the Gorrilaz, David Guetta, Willie Nelson and many more, who jumped at the chance to work with the Hip Hop icon.
When the album finally came out, it made it straight to number eight on the Billboard charts and number four on the US Hip Hop music charts. It also managed to sell over fifty thousand copies in its very first week. It matched these numbers in several other countries around the world as well.
This record was followed by two more over the next few years. "Reincarnated" in 2013 and "Bush" in 2015. Both made it to the top twenty of the Billboard charts, while the latter even made it to the top spot on the US Hip Hop Music Charts. Both albums featured some world famous artists including Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Kendrick Lamar, Miley Cyrus, Drake, Akon, Diplo and a host of other superstars.
Snoop Dogg has been part of the entertainment industry for over twenty years and in that time he has become an essential part of not only the Hip Hop world, put also popular culture. Over the years he has appeared in almost thirty movies, playing a wide range of characters, all the way from an acrophobic pilot in "Soul Plane," to a drug dealer in "Training Day." He has also appeared in various television programs and has even hosted his own reality shows.
Snoop Dogg once said "I just change with the times. I really don't have a say in what's going on. Music was here before me." Many rap fans disagree though as many consider him to be one of the pioneers of rap as we see it today. He is far from done yet, with yet another album coming out soon, along with a country wide tour for his multitude of fans everywhere. But if you ask him about the future, all he has to say is "who knows what's going to happen, man? All I know is this is my job and I plan to rock the stage the best I know for as long as possible."
This is Snoop Dogg and this is how he does things.