Everybody loves Snoop Dogg, he’s a legend in the rap game! So of course friends and family had to show their respect and love for The Dogfather by sending him tons of birthday wishes on Oct. 20. The “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper turned 45, and our hearts are melting from all of the support he’s getting from his colleagues.
It’s nothing but a birthday thing. The rapper and consummate marijuana smoker, Snoop Dogg, turned 45 Yesterday. Born, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. on Oct. 20, 1971, the Long Beach, Calif. native emerged on the hip hop scene in 1992 and has since sold over 35 million albums worldwide.
In celebration of his birthday, here are five things to know about the star:
His nickname was Snoopy because of his appearance.
Broadus’ parents would call their son Snoopy. The nickname would eventually become the rapper’s lifelong moniker of Snoop Dogg. However, the rapper has undertaken several aliases throughout his career. He initially started his career as Snoop Doggy Dogg. He then briefly became Snoop Lion when he converted to reggae in 2012. He’s also gone by the alter egos of Snoopzilla, DJ Snoopadelic and Snoop Todd.
2. He started rapping in sixth grade.
Later, he recorded homemade tapes with his friends, including the late Nate Dogg. One of his tapes caught the attention of producer Dr. Dre. The discovery led to him being featured in Dre’s solo album, “The Chronic” and launched Snoop Dogg’s career.
3. His first album broke records.
The Dr. Dre collaboration — notably the single “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang” — left audiences wild for Snoop Dogg’s first album. “Doggystyle” became the first hip-hop album to debut at number one on the U.S. billboard charts. It sold over 800,000 copies in its first week. The fastest-selling record would be trumped by Eminem in 2000.
4. He’s ventured into film.
The rapper often takes on acting parts, appearing mostly in small bits on TV and in movies. He can be seen: in the movies “Starsky and Hutch and “Mac & Devin Go To High School;” the soap opera “One Life to Live;” and on three of his reality shows. Straying from his typical line of work, he also starred in a romantic Bollywood film called “Singh is King.”
5. He once tried to quit smoking marijuana.
The “Gin and Juice” singer is known as an unofficial representative of cannabis. He did, however, try to quit the substance in 2002 but it didn’t stick. He has admitted to smoking up to 80 times a day. The rapper’s smoky habit made headlines in 2014 when an episode of his online show claimed he smoked in a White House bathroom .
Wish you a Happy Birthday, Snoopy!