The lyrics are raw. The music is explosive. The rivalries can be deadly. From Ice-T to 50 Cent, gangsta rappers have broken a multitude boundaries--and record sales--since the '80s.
But amid the guns and the gang-banging, there is only one Doggfather--or, if you will, Snoop Dogg.
But Snoop wasn't always the king of West Coast cool. As Snoop Dogg: The E! True Hollywood Story, premiering July 31 at 8 p.m., reveals, Snoop had to fight his way out of the ghetto to become a hip-hop heavyweight.
Born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Snoop grew up in the Long Beach hood and started rapping when he was just 12 years old. Before he could go big-time, however, he landed in jail, where he began to write and create lyrics that were gritty, humorous and in your face.
Find out how Snoop Dogg got his name, how he got involved in gang-banging, how he hooked up with Nate Dogg, Warren G and Dr. Dre, how his acting career took off--and how becoming a dad at 23 brought out his softer side.
Sure, these days Snoop sells everything from satellite radio to cell phones, but he keeps the rhymes flowing. Despite his many interests, he's still racked up seven consecutive platinum albums!
Watch Snoop Dogg: The E! True Hollywood Story, and check out Snoop's doggy style. You'll see that after a decade in the game, this old dog's got plenty of new tricks.moreless