With his gangster persona and lazy drawl, the West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg has become one of the most commercially successful rappers of all time. Being an embodiment of traditional ‘90s gangsta rap, Snoop Dogg blurred the lines between fiction and reality through his music. The rapper from Long Beach, California, evolved under the tutelage of the legendary Dr. Dre and quickly rose to the top.
Today, with multiple successful albums and countless awards under his belt, Snoop Dogg continues to dominate the charts across the world. Performances by the artist are planned in the upcoming year and Snoop Dogg tickets for them will soon go on sale. Keep checking for updates regarding venues and dates so that you don’t miss out on a chance to catch this iconic rap artist live in action!
Early Life and Career Beginnings
Born as Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., in Long Beach, California, the artist was given the nickname “Snoopy” by his parents, because of his appearance. Snoop developed an interest in music at an early age and began singing and playing the piano in the local church. Around sixth grade, he started to rap. He, along with his cousins and a friend, Warren G, recorded a few tapes, which eventually landed in the hands of the influential producer, Dr. Dre, who was impressed by his work and called him in for an audition.
Starting out in the music industry, Snoop adopted the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg. He started working with Dr. Dre and prepared for the release of his debut album.
Snoop Dogg’s debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 and was produced by Dr. Dre, under Death Row Records. The album debuted at number one on both the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and the Billboard 200 chart, selling nearly a million copies within the first week of sales. In 1994, the album was certified 4x Platinum by the RIAA. Hit singles such as “What’s My Name?” and “Gin & Juice” became the top ten most-played songs in the US and the album itself remained on the charts for several months after its release.
Before the release of his second studio album, Tha Doggfather, Snoop Dogg collaborated with fellow rapper, Tupac Shakur in 1996. The collaboration single, turned out to be one of the last songs recorded by Tupac Shakur, before being shot on 7th September, 1996, in Las Vegas.
The changing face of the hip hop industry with deaths and convictions becoming common had a profound effect on Snoop Dogg. By the time of the release of Tha Doggfather, in November, 1996, the gangsta lifestyle had become very evident.
The album itself was a slight variation in style for Snoop Dogg. Even though Tha Doggfather performed quite well, it wasn’t as successful as its predecessor.
New Labels and More Success
After parting ways with Death Row Records, Snoop Dogg signed on to No Limit Records in 1998 and began working on new music. With this label, the rapper released Da Game Is to be Sold, Not to Be Told (1998), No Limit Top Dogg (1999) and Tha Last Meal in 2000. No Limit Top Dogg sold more than a million copies, while Tha Last Meal was even more successful with more than 2 million in sales.
In 2002, Snoop Dogg released another album, called Paid tha Cost to be da Bo$$, which sold more than a million copies as well, and had several hit tracks such as “Beautiful” and “From tha Chuuuch to da Palace.”
In 2004, Snoop Dogg worked on R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece. The single “Drop It Like It's Hot” from this album, that featured Pharrell became Snoop Dogg’s first single to reach the top spot. The album sold nearly 2 million copies in the US alone and got heavy airplay on radio and television.
Since the release of his 2004 album, Snoop Dogg has released several works, with the latest ones being Bush in 2015, Coolaid in 2016 and most recently, Neva Left in May 2017.
The musical style of Snoop Dogg has seen a great degree of variation over the years. His “ultra-smooth, laidback delivery” of music has made him quite an icon in the rap music world. Kool Moe Dee talks about the kind of vocabulary used by the rapper, saying that Snoop Dogg “keeps it real simple...he simplifies it and he's effective in his simplicity”. The rapper was also praised by Rolling Stone’s music critic Toure, who said that Snoop had a slightly soft vocal delivery, in comparison to other rappers of his time, adding that "Snoop's vocal style is part of what distinguishes him: where many rappers scream, figuratively and literally, he speaks softly."
Awards and Achievements
Over the course of his career, Snoop Dogg has won 27 awards and has been nominated a total of 96 times, including 18 nominations for Grammy Awards. He has won the American Music Award for the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist in 1995 and the APRA Music Award for International Work of the Year for his collaborative single “California Gurls” with Katy Perry. He also won the BET Award for the Best Collaboration for “Beautiful”, featuring Charlie Wilson and Pharrell.
In addition to his multiple victories, the rapper has been nominated for the prestigious Grammy Awards in the categories of Best Rap Solo Performance for “Gin and Juice”, Best Rap Song for “Beautiful”, Best Rap Solo Performance for “Sexual Eruption”, Album of the Year for Teenage Dream as a collaborative artist and Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals for “California Gurls” with Katy Perry, among others.
In addition to these awards, Snoop Dogg has also achieved a lot in terms of sales, with a lot of his albums selling more than a million copies each. In March of 2016, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, after having made several appearances for the company. He has also appeared in multiple films, including Starsky & Hutch, The Big Bang, Scary Movie 5, Pitch Perfect 2 and most recently, Grow House in 2017.
Snoop Dogg Tour Tickets
With the release of his 2017 album, Neva Left, fans of the rapper are expecting news of Snoop Dogg tour tickets for his upcoming performances. If you are quick to purchase, you might even be able to get your hands on some cheap Snoop Dogg tickets for the performances he has planned in 2018 and beyond. For now, Snoop Dogg will be performing at the Tortuga Music Festival in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on the 4th of June, 2018. This, along with the many more future performances planned, are going to be musical extravaganzas you really can’t afford to miss! So, get your tickets at the earliest!