Calvin Broadus was born October 20, 1971 in Long Beach, California. As a boy, his parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" because of his appearance, but they usually addressed him as Calvin at home.
At an early age, he began singing in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church and playing piano; when he was in sixth grade, he began rapping. Snoop, along with his cousins Nate Dogg and Lil' ½ Dead and friend Warren G, recorded home made tapes as a group called 213, named after the Long Beach area code at the time. One of his early solo freestyles over En Vogue's "Hold On" had made it to a mixtape which was heard by influential producer Dr. Dre, who phoned to invite him to an audition. Former N.W.A member The D.O.C. taught him how to structure his lyrics and separate the thematics into verses, hooks and chorus.
On February 4, 2012, Snoop Dogg announced a documentary, Reincarnated, alongside his new upcoming studio album entitled Reincarnated. On July 20, 2012, he released a new reggae single, "La La La" under the pseudonym Snoop Lion.
On July 31, 2012, he introduced a new stage name, Snoop Lion. He told reporters that he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica.
Snoop released a compilation of electronic music entitled Loose Joints under the moniker DJ Snoopadelic, stating the influence of George Clinton's Funkadelic. In an interview with The Fader magazine, Snoop stated "Snoop Lion, Snoop Dogg, DJ Snoopadelic—they only know one thing: make music that’s timeless and bangs."
In an interview with Hip Hop Weekly on June 17, producer Symbolyc One (S1) announced that Snoop was working on his final album under his rap moniker Snoop Dogg; "I’ve been working with Snoop, he’s actually working on his last solo album as Snoop Dogg." On October 28, 2013, Snoop Dogg release another mixtape entitled “That's My Work 2” hosted by DJ Drama.
1996: Tha Doggfather
1998: Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told
1999: No Limit Top Dogg
2000: Tha Last Meal
2002: Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss
2004: R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece
2006: Tha Blue Carpet Treatment
2008: Ego Trippin'
2009: Malice n Wonderland
2000: Tha Eastsidaz (with Tray Deee and Goldie Loc as Tha Eastsidaz)
2001: Duces 'n Trayz: The Old Fashioned Way (with Tray Deee and Goldie Loc as Tha Eastsidaz)
2004: The Hard Way (with Nate Dogg and Warren G as 213)
2011: Mac & Devin Go to High School (with Wiz Khalifa)
2013: 7 Days of Funk (with Dâm-Funk as 7 Days of Funk)