Broadus' parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" as a child because of his appearance but usually addressed him as Calvin at home. At an early age Broadus began singing and playing piano in Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church, when he was in sixth grade he began rapping. As a teenager Snoop Dogg frequently ran into trouble with the law, Snoop Dogg is a member of the Rollin' 20 Crips gang in the Eastside of Long Beach although he stated in 1993 that he never joined a gang. He attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School but shortly after graduating he was convicted for cocaine trafficking, serving six months at the Wayside County Jail.
Snoop, along with his cousins Nate Dogg and Lil' ½ Dead and friend Warren G recorded homemade 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 is cool. [continues]
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