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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Snoop Dog

Snoop Dogg The tall, lanky rapper known as Snoop Dogg has been a figure of controversy in rap. He was born Cordozar Calvin Broadus in 1971, in Mississippi. His father moved the family to Los Angeles when Snoop was young.

He started his career in music by performing at the Baptist church and went on to perform in talent shows. He learned to play the piano at the age of 5. It’s true to say that music flowed through his bones at a young age. Snoop got into a lot of trouble in his early years. Gang affiliations with the Crips gang in South Central LA lead him to his first conviction for cocaine trafficking, and landed him doing a six month sentence in the county jail.

His recording life started with Death Row records with Dr Dre. He went on to "No Limit" and now he is signed with "Geffen" Records. Snoops musical journey has been just as varied. He started rapping in the Gangster rap genre that so many loved in the 80’s/90’s. His liberal use of expletives for women landed him in hot water but there is something charming about the lanky rapper with the sly smile. He has recently forayed into country music, performing at the Country Music Awards, in a tribute to Jonny Cash.

Not only is Snoop an artist-he is also a dedicated worked for those less fortunate than himself. He donated his entire earnings for a concert in September 2007 for the Healing Circle charity (Supports mothers that have lost children due to Inner City violence). He also coaches for the Snoop young football league. Being a father of three sons, Snoop understands what a fathers input can do in the life of a boy. He loves coaching and really enjoys working with the children.

It goes to show that even a ex gang banger from the rough streets of South Central can turn it all around to be a great example to the young.


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