Snoop Dogg is an entertainment giant in the world of American pop culture. He is one of the greatest rappers of all time, but the difference with him is that his fame far transcends the world of rap music. He has appeared in movies, major commercials and has toured all over the globe.
In his music career, he has worked with some of the biggest acts around: Dr. Dre, Pharrell, Katy Perry, Psy and the list goes on and on. These days, West Coast rap is bigger than ever and we thought it would be a great time to tell you some lesser known facts about Mr. Snoop Dogg.
10. Snoop Travels With A Ton of Cash
This may seem a little random, but it’s very true. This past August, Snoop was touring in Europe to support his recently released album, Bush. The 43-yr-old rapper was stopped in Italy as he was about to board a private plan to London. The authorities found $422,000 in cash in his Louis Vuitton luggage.
This was of course a problem because the most you are allowed to carry on a private plane in Europe is 10,000 Euros. His lawyer later released a statement that the money came from concerts and there was no illegal activity at play. Ultimately, Snoop had to pay a fee to the Italian government and he was allowed to go on his way.
9. He Smoked in the White House
In July of last year, late night television host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on Snoop’s YouTube show, The GG Network. During their conversation, Snoop nonchalantly confessed that he sparked up a joint during a visit to the White House.
He apparently told the CIA or Secret Service that he was going to the bathroom for a “No. 2” and while he was locked inside, he took the opportunity to light up the Mary Jane. Snoop is known to be quite the joker, but for some reason, this story feels like there’s a tinge of truth to it.
8. Snoop Owes His Career To En Vogue
You might be asking yourself what the connection is between Snoop Dogg and the top-selling R&B group, En Vogue. You see, En Vogue was one of the biggest groups in the ’90s around the time Snoop was starting out in the Hip-Hop game. He jacked one of the beats from the En Vogue song “Hold On” for one of his freestyles.
That tape featuring his freestyle somehow found its way to Dr. Dre. The good doctor liked what he heard and sought out the young Long Beach rapper, and as they say, the rest is history.
7. Brandy and Snoop are Cousins
There is definitely some truth to the saying “It runs in the family.” What are the odds that the Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg and the popular R&B singer Brandy would happen to be related?
Snoop is a direct cousin to Brandy (and her brother Ray J) – the two of them have even appeared on a song together. That particular track was called “Special” and it also featured the musical prodigy Pharrell Williams.
6. Snoop’s First Mainstream Hit Was in 1992
The year was 1992 and the movie was Deep Cover. It was directed by Bill Duke and it starred Jeff Goldblum and Laurence Fishburne. The movie had a pretty decent soundtrack and one of the songs featured on it was by West Coast rapper and producer Dr. Dre.
He was just breaking ties with his group N.W.A. and starting his own solo career. The record called “Deep Cover” featured a cameo by a tall, lanky Long Beach rapper named Snoop Doggy Dogg. From that moment, the rap world fell in love with Snoop and in 2015, he’s still one of the most popular figures in rap.
5. He Once Made a Song with Psy
So we all know about the Korean superstar Psy. He broke into the scene with the 2012 hit “Gangnam Style” that became a massive hit all over the world. Since then, Psy hasn’t really been able to match the phenomenon of his first breakthrough.
In 2014, he tried to create another global smash with a song called “Hangover.” To add a different flavor to the single, he recruited Snoop Dogg to appear on the song. The single made a decent splash on the music scene, and if you haven’t seen the video, you certainly need to check it out.
4. His Cousin is Daz from the Dogg Pound
These days, the West Coast is enjoying a really great run in the Hip-Hop game. The coast on the left is bubbling with talent like Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Schoolboy Q and more. But back in the early ’90s, it was a totally different scene all together. Snoop Dogg and a few others were the only rappers making noise and selling records.
One of the other successful West Coast crews from that era was the Death Row Records affiliated duo, Tha Dogg Pound. The group consisted of Daz and Kurupt, and most people don’t know that Daz is actually Snoop Dogg’s first cousin. To this day, Snoop Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound are still tight and make music together.
3. You Can Call Him The Cameo King
Apart from being a global Hip-Hop star and a lifelong marijuana smoker, Snoop Dogg also manages to be a certified cameo king. He has appeared on several television shows and movies. Some of the shows he has appeared in to date include Family Guy, Empire, The League & Sanjay and Craig.
He has also made cameos in movies like Turbo and Training Day. There is no denying it, Snoop is everywhere on the entertainment and pop culture scene. He even has a popular talk show on Youtube called the Double G News Network.
2. His Son Is An Aspiring Film Maker
You know the Hip-Hop culture is getting older when you start hearing about the kids of your favorite rappers getting into college. Snoop’s second son, Cordell Broadus, was a student athlete at UCLA until about a week ago. He was a well-respected wide receiver with the UCLA Bruins until he recently announced that he was quitting the game to pursue other interests in life.
Apparently Snoop’s son already has a company called Film School Productions. So you never know, in the next few years, we might see Snoop’s kid making a huge impact in Hollywood.
1. He Quit the Rap Game and Changed his Name to Snoop Lion
This is one of the more interesting chapters in Snoop’s past. In 2012, after visiting Jamaica in February of that year, he said he had been reincarnated and been transformed into a Rastafarian. He ended up changing his name to Snoop Lion and even held a press conference saying that he was tired of rap music.
He also mentioned that he was tired of doing gangster rap and wanted to make music that both grandparents and kids could listen to. This new awakening by Snoop was crowned by a reggae album he later released called Reincarnated. That phase lasted for a while, but he’s now back to being called Snoop Dogg yet again.
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