Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr, best known by his stage name Snoop Dogg, celebrates his 44th birthday on 20, October, 2015 (Tuesday). The American rapper and actor from Long Beach, California, became famous after releasing albums such as Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather and Reincarnation.
Call him Snoopy, Snoop or Snoop Lion, but the fact is that he is the biggest rapper in the world and one of the original founders of the rap generation.
On his birthday, we decided to compile a list of some interesting facts, amazing quotes and best songs of Snoop Dogg.
Here are some fun and bizarre facts about the rapper that you might not know:
- Snoop Dogg never met his biological father. When his stepfather got in to a relationship with his biological mother, he was named Calvin Broadus, after his stepfather.
- He was given the nickname Snoopy by his mother, as he was a huge fan of the Charlie Brown TV series when he was a child. When he started rapping, he adopted the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg, which he shortened to just Snoop Dogg in 1996.
- Snoop Dogg is rumoured to have an IQ of 147, which would qualify him as a genius.
- He is a former member of the Rollin' 20 Crips. He now actively speaks out in favour of gun control.
- Snoop loves sports, especially football and basketball.
- Well, it's understood that he is a great fans of the soccer playing legend, David Beckham. And not just a fan, he is good friends with the player. In fact, Snoop makes sure to run all of his tracks through David Beckham before releasing them. Once, when he was refused a visa to come back at London Airport, Snoop called his buddy who contacted the Prime Minister to have the charge revoked.
- Snoop's arrest record is extensive. He's been arrested in several different countries for possession of various drugs, with intent to sell.
- Australia banned Snoop from its borders in 2007 on character grounds, citing his various criminal convictions. The ban was lifted in 2008.
- Snoop Dogg has created several alter egos throughout his career. The most popular ones include Snoop Lion, Snoopzilla, and Snoop Todd.
- Did you know that Snoop is actually a huge deal in Bollywood. He's starred in Akshay Kumar starrer, "Singh is King" and toured across the country with his fellow actors.
- Snoop tried to stop smoking marijuana in 2002. It didn't stick. Now he admits to smoking up to 80 blunts per day.
Check out some amazing Snoop Dogg quotes that will leave you surprised:
"Sometimes a loss is the best thing that can happen. It teaches you what you should have done next time."
"When I'm not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg."
"It's hard to say goodbye to the streets. It's all how you do it. You can pass by and say, 'What's happening?' and keep it moving, but it's a certain element that'll never be able to roll with you once you get to this level, because that's the separation of it all."
"If the ride is more fly, then you must buy."
"I love making music and I'm falling in love with making records, so it's like having two girlfriends. But I can handle it."
"If it's flipping hamburgers at McDonald's, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft."
"In the black culture, certain kids are given nicknames that they roll with forever; the nicknames outweigh their real names. I'm one of those scenarios."
"You don't love me, you just love my doggystyle."
"So what if I'm smokin' weed onstage and doing what I gotta do? It's not me shooting nobody, stabbing nobody, killing nobody. It'sa peaceful gesture and they have to respect that and appreciate that."
"Barack Obama makes me feel good to be a black man."
"I think people understand me, me as a person and what I went through because I kept it on the plate. I never hid nothing. I was never in the closet. I smoked dope, I gang banged, I did this, I did that; whatever I did it was always out. "
All you Snoop Dogg fans, here are some of the best songs by the rapper which you can grove to on his birthday today.
1) Gin & Juice
2) Who Am I?
3) Still D.R.E.
4) Young, Wild & Free
5) Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang
6) Murder Was The Case
7) Ain't No Fun
8) I Wanna Rock
9) Tha Shiznit
10) No Guns Allowed