Snoop Dogg is a big name in the American music industry today, so it is only fair to wonder where he got his start.
American hip hop artist Snoop Dogg recorded his first song in collaboration with Dr Dre in 1992. Dr Dre discovered Snoop Dogg and featured him on many of his songs and that launched Snoop Dogg’s career. His first recorded song was ‘Deep Cover‘.
Snoop and Dr Dre
Dr Dre was an integral part in introducing Snoop Dogg to the world and Snoop got his start by being featured on Dr Dre’s song Deep Cover. Snoop Dogg also heavily collaborated with Dr Dre on Dre’s album The Chronic which was released under the label Death Row Records. This album also earned Dr Dre a Grammy, and many say that The Chronic wouldn’t have been possible without Snoop Dogg’s partnership.
Death Row Records also signed Snoop Dogg and Dogg released his debut album titled “Doggystyle”. Doggystyle was produced by Dr Dre and the two have since then worked on many projects together with great success.
Doggystyle was a much awaited album as Snoop Dogg was already getting a lot of praise for his work with Dr Dre. Doggystyle was released on November 23, 1993 by Death Row Records and Interscope Records. The album was full of lyrical realism and Snoop’s distinctive flow. Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre introduced the hip-hop genre of g-funk to a wider audience.
Doggystyle debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts and sold around 900,000 records in its first week alone just in the US, this was record breaking and for a breakout artist especially in the hip hop genre. Doggystyle was featured in Source Magazine and Rolling Stone as a must listen to album. The album was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
The album portrayed a lot of lyrical realism and the ideas that he portrayed through his lyrics include many of his adolescent urges. He greatly references casual sex, smoking marijuana and gang violence.
While Doggystyle is considered to be Snoop Dogg’s highest ranked album, Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told was also certified double Platinum and also sold extremely well. It is a record that is very acclaimed by critics.
He has gotten 14 top ten singles on the Billboard Hot 10 and has released 17 studio albums in total. He also was featured on numerous singles with many big industry names such as Akon and Pharrell. After releasing Doggystyle he worked on a short film titled Murder Was The Case. The film started him and its soundtrack charted as number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
His second album Tha Doggfather, also charted as number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Snoop Dogg released many more albums such as Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not to Be Told, No Limit Top Dogg, Tha Last Meal, Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss, R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, Ego Trippin’, Malice n Wonderland and many more. He has always stayed on top of the game and has a huge following.