Born Cordozar Calvin Broadus, Jr. in 1971 in the City of Long Beach. His parents called him “Snoopy” but divorced when he was four, and he spent his youth with a microphone in one hand and bad things in the other. He sang and played piano at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church when he was a boy and began rapping in the sixth grade. He fought the law and the law won as a teenager, spending three years in and out of jail for possession of cocaine. His mixtapes with Nate Dogg, Lil’ ½ Dead and Warren G made it to Dr. Dre, who asked Snoop to audition. Snoop Doggy Dogg was featured on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album The Chronic, and a star was born. His 1993 debut album Doggystyle featuring What’s My Name? and Gin and Juice debuted at #1 and sold close to a million copies in the first week. Since then, Snoop Dogg has sold over 23 million albums in the US and 35 million worldwide. Snoop has appeared in TV and movies and is a WrestleMania favorite. He coaches youth football and is involved in several philanthropies. Oddly, Snoop has been nominated for 17 Grammy awards, but never took home a statue. He’ll survive.