Top 10 Facts You Probably Did Not Know About Snoop Dogg

Here are some interesting facts you may not know about the rapper, actor, entrepreneur, and media personality Snoop Dogg.
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1 He was a Crips member

As a teenager, Snoop Dogg frequently found himself in trouble with the law as a member of the Rollin' 20s Crips gang in Long Beach, California. Shortly after graduating from Long Beach Polytechnic High School in 1989, he was arrested for possession of cocaine and was incarcerated for three years. But when Snoop Dogg formed a rap group with Nate Dogg and Warren G, they sent Dr. Dre a demo tape, and he became one of the first artists signed to his then-new record label Death Row.

2 He was once charged with murder

Shortly before his debut studio album was released, Snoop's bodyguard killed a gang member and was arrested and convicted of murder. They were both acquitted on February 20, 1996, and Snoop focused on his career as a musical artist. It may be the reason why Snoop Dogg no longer raps about murder.

3 He has a lot of famous cousins

I keep feeling more shocked as I learn more. Warren G and Nate Dogg (deceased) are the most famous cousins of Snoop Dogg, who together formed a music group called 213. Daz Dillinger is also a cousin, part of the Dogg Pound with Kurupt. The list continues, including Death Row rapper RBX, 90s R&B singer Brandy, singer and actor Ray J, and female WWE professional wrestler Sasha Banks.

4 He once quit the rap game and changed his name to Snoop Lion

In February 2012, after visiting Jamaica, Snoop Dogg stated that he was transformed into a Rastafarian. He changed his name to Snoop Lion and even held a press conference stating that he was tired of rap music. He wanted to make music that both grandparents and kids could enjoy. He released a reggae album titled Reincarnated. This phase lasted for a while before he returned to his original Snoop Dogg persona.

5 He smoked weed in the White House

When Jimmy Kimmel appeared as a guest on Snoop's YouTube show, The GG Network, he claimed that Snoop allegedly smoked weed in front of the White House to protest then-U.S. president Donald Trump. Yes, the government building and the president's house. It is legal to smoke marijuana for those over the age of 21 in Washington, despite it being illegal to smoke marijuana in public. Note that Joe Biden, who is against it, has since become president.

6 His first single was "Deep Cover"

Right when Snoop Dogg was signed to Dr. Dre's then-new record label Death Row in 1992, they created the rap song "Deep Cover" for the action thriller film of the same name. It was also originally intended to be included in The Chronic. However, it was excluded due to Body Count's banned song "Cop Killer," which drew very negative reactions from political figures including U.S. president George H. W. Bush, as both songs were about "killing police officers." Dr. Dre disliked the song as well, and as a result, it does not have an official release on streaming services.

7 He used to play the piano in church

As a child, Snoop Dogg's passion was playing the piano. He would sing and play the piano at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. While in high school, Snoop Dogg developed his passion for rap music.

That's kind of hilarious considering his later reputation among moral guardians.

8 His name came after a Peanuts character

When Snoop Dogg was a child, his parents often nicknamed him "Snoopy" because of his close resemblance to the character Snoopy. This nickname would eventually evolve into the famous name Snoop Dogg, making him a national icon.

9 He has a very high IQ

Snoop is believed to be one of the most intelligent rappers out there, with an IQ of 147. The average IQ is 100.

10 He coached football for 15 years straight
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11 He appeared in more than 30 films.

There are so many films to count, such as Hot Boyz, Baby Boy, Training Day, The Wash, Scary Movie 5, and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

12 He married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor
13 Tried quitting marijuana in 2002 but it didn't work
14 He was once a pimp
15 He started rapping when he was in the 6th grade
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