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2009 Malice N Wonderland

Rapper Snoop Dogg's newest album, Malice N Wonderland, arrives in stores today, December 8th. Check out two new videos from the album, "I Wanna Rock" and "Gangsta Luv."

2008 Ego Trippin'

In late 2007, Snoop recruited two hip-hop veterans--new jack swing legend Teddy Riley and West Coast hero DJ Quik--and formed the production team QDT Muzic. The team oversaw Snoop's 2008 album, Ego Trippin', which included the single "Sensual Seduction."

2006 Tha Blue Carpet Treatment

In 2006, Snoop Dogg released Tha Blue Carpet Treatment featuring Cypress Hill's B Real on the track "Vato." The album credits Jamie Foxx, Timbaland and Stevie Wonder as producers.

2004 R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta)

In 2004, a leak of R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta) led to Geffen pushing the release date forward a week. The album includes the Snoop-defining hit, "Drop It Like It's Hot," featuring Pharrell Williams.

2002 Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$

Late in 2002, Snoop released his first album for Capitol, Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$ which credits production by the Neptunes and includes the hit "Beautiful."

2000 Tha Last Meal

Snoop began to revamp his public image, moving away from his gangsta rap roots of the '90s toward a calmer lyrical aesthetic on 2000's Tha Last Meal. The album showed a distinct change in the rapper's style that continued for the entire decade.

1999 No Limit Top Dogg

No Limit Top Dogg appeared in 1999 packed between three other releases within the span of two years for record label No Limit--Da Game Is to Be Sold, Not Told, Dead Man Walkin' and Tha Last Meal. The heavy release schedule resulted in varying musical quality from album to album, but by the turn of the century, Snoop had become such a cultural phenomenon that his albums almost became secondary to the personality behind them.

1996 The Doggfather

In February of 1996, Snoop began working on his second album, The Doggfather--released just weeks after 2pac's death in November of that year. The rapper's death marked a decline in popularity of gangsta rap, but Snoop's album still sold almost two million copies.

1993 Doggystyle

Snoop Dogg's formal debut, Doggystyle, released on Death Row Records in November of 1993, and entered the charts at number one. The Top Ten singles "What's My Name?" and "Gin & Juice" kept the album at the top of the charts during early 1994, as did his arrest in connection to a drive-by shooting (the charges were dropped in 1996) and his controversial lyrics. Doggystyle went quadruple platinum that year and has sold more than five million copies to date.

1992 The Chronic

When N.W.A. rapper Dr. Dre decided to make his first attempt at a solo career with the theme song for the film Deep Cover, he had Snoop rap with him. "Deep Cover" started a buzz about Snoop that escalated when Dre released his own debut album, The Chronic, on Death Row Records late in 1992. Snoop rapped on The Chronic as much as Dre, and his drawled vocals were as important to the record's success as its P-Funk bass grooves. The singles "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" and "Dre Day" prominently featured Snoop and became Top Ten pop crossover hits in the spring of 1993, setting the stage for Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle.

1972 Beginnings

Nicknamed Snoop by his mother because of his resemblance to the cartoon character, Calvin Broadus (born October 20, 1972) was raised in Long Beach, CA, where he frequently ran into trouble with the law. Not long after his high-school graduation, he was arrested for possession of cocaine, beginning a period of three years where he was often imprisoned. He found escape from a life of crime through music. Snoop began recording homemade tapes with his friend Warren G, who happened to be the stepbrother of Dr. Dre. Warren G gave a tape to Dre, who was considerably impressed with Snoop's style and began collaborating with the rapper.

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