His real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. In public life, he was known as Snoop Doggy Dogg or the "Dogg Father," but in later years he shortened it to simply Snoop Dogg.
His mother is the one who nicknamed him Snoop. As a kid, he loved the Peanuts cartoons - especially the character Snoopy. "I watched so much, I started to look like him," says Snoop.
Snoop got his start in rap making tapes along with his cousin Nate Dogg and his good friend Warren G (the trio is known as 213). Warren G, is the step-brother of N.W.A. co-founder Dr. Dre, and he brought the two together. After Snoop worked on the soundtrack to the movie Deep Cover, Dre put him to work on his album The Chronic, which showcased Snoop's laid-back style.
Snoop often found himself at odds with the law as a child. After graduating high school, he spent time in and out of jail. Music became his escape from a criminal lifestyle, but he didn't escape it completely: While recording his album Doggystyle, Snoop was charged with being a murder accomplice in the death of Phillip Woldermarian. Snoop was allegedly in the vehicle when his bodyguard, McKinley Lee, shot and killed Woldermarian for stalking the rapper. Both Snoop and his bodyguard were acquitted on grounds of self-defense.
Snoop's film credits include Bones, Malibu's Most Wanted and Soul Plane. He also performed in the 2003 Will Ferrell movie Old School.
In a 1999 interview with Dimitri Erlich, Snoop said: "I don't regret anything I've ever said or done. Everything is done for a reason - I'm just a child of God doing what He wants me to do. I say what I say, but before I was here it was being said, and when I leave it is going to continue to be said, so don't blame me, don't hate me, hate the game."
He sings the praises (often literally) of marijuana, and in 2002 he was named "Stoner Of The Year" by High Times magazine.
He is married and has 3 children. Their adventures are chronicled on the E! reality show Snoop Dogg's Father Hood. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for all above)
Snoop is very popular with white audiences. He attributes this appeal to his elementary school experience; it was a white school that accepted black kids if they had athletic talent.
On July 31, 2012, Snoop introduced a new stage name, Snoop Lion, telling reporters that he was given the moniker by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica.
He released his first album under his new Snoop Lion moniker, Reincarnated, in 2013. The record saw him depart from hip hop and was his debut in the reggae genre. He explained to UK newspaper The Guardian: "I wanted to make songs about the life I'm living now as a father and as a 41-year-old man, as opposed to always talking about my childhood and my upbringing."
Snoop attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School with Cameron Diaz. "We went to high school together," the actress recalled on Lopez Tonight. "He was a year older than me.... I remember him, he was very tall and skinny. He wore lots of ponytails."