Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (born October 20, 1971), known by his stage names Snoop Doggy Dogg, Snoop Dogg, and later Snoop Lion, is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and actor. Snoop has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. His music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre. He collaborated on Dre's solo debut The Chronic (1992), and on the theme song to the feature film Deep Cover.
Since the start of his career, Snoop has been an avowed cannabis smoker, making it one of the trademarks of his image. In 2002, he announced he was giving up marijuana for good; however, that would not last long and in 2013 he claimed to be smoking approximately 80 marijuana blunts a day. He has been certified for medical marijuana in California to treat migraines since at least 2007.
Claiming to be "born again" in 2012, the gangster rapper converted to the Rastafari movement, switched the focus of his music to reggae and changed his name to "Snoop Lion" following a trip to Jamaica.
"WATCH: Snoop Smokes Weed & Freestyles On Air" by HuffPost Live (April 22, 2013) at YouTube:
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