Which hip-hop artist was born with the name Calvin Broadus Jr., and had an album entitled Tha Doggfather?
And the answer: Snoop Dogg.
Born as Calvin Broadus Jr., the rapper, songwriter, and producer known as Snoop Dogg has had many aliases throughout his award-winning career, such as Snoop Doggy Dogg, DJ Snoopadelic, and Snoop Lion.
The rapper's history with aliases dates back to childhood. As a boy, his parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" due to his love and likeness of the cartoon character from Peanuts. When he began recording, he took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Since his debut album, Doggystyle, Snoop has sold over 23 million albums in the United States and 35 albums worldwide. The California native was a near instant success, with a staggering 800,000 copies of his debut album sold in the first week of its release. On the forefront of the West Coast G-funk hip-hop scene, his singles "Who Am I (What's My Name)?" and "Gin and Juice" reached the top ten most-played songs in the United States, and the album stayed on the Billboard charts for several months.
By the time Snoop Dogg's second album, Tha Doggfather, was released in November 1996, the rapper's personal life had entered the limelight. The death of friend Tupac Shakur and indictment of Death Row label owner Suge Knight left the artist reeling. He refused to release another title under the Death Row label until his contract expired.
Snoop has since gone on to become one of the most prolific rappers in the hip-hop community. At a speech honoring his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he announced:
“I want to thank me for believing in me, I want to thank me for doing all this hard work. I wanna thank me for having no days off. I wanna thank me for never quitting. I wanna thank me for always being a giver and trying to give more than I receive. I wanna thank me for trying to do more right than wrong. I wanna thank me for being me at all times.
No, thank you, Snoop. Listen to the full speech here.