It’s nothing but a birthday thing cuz.
Snoop Dogg, turned 44 on Tuesday, and we’re sure the marijuana king celebrated with some heavy smoke.
Born, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. on Oct. 20, 1971, the Long Beach, Calif. native emerged on the hip hop scene in 1992 and has since sold over 35 million albums worldwide.
Here’s nine things you may not have known about him.
9. His nickname was Snoopy because of his appearance.
Broadus’ parents would call their son Snoopy. The nickname would eventually become the rapper’s lifelong moniker of Snoop Dogg.
However, the rapper has undertaken several aliases throughout his career.
He initially started his career as Snoop Doggy Dogg.
He then briefly became Snoop Lion when he converted to reggae in 2012.
He’s also gone by the alter egos of Snoopzilla, DJ Snoopadelic and Snoop Todd.
8. He started rapping in sixth grade.
Later, he recorded homemade tapes with his friends, including the late Nate Dogg.
One of his tapes caught the attention of producer Dr. Dre.
The discovery led to him being featured in Dre’s solo album, “The Chronic” and launched Snoop Dogg’s career.
7. His first album broke records.
The Dr. Dre collaboration — notably the single “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang” — left audiences wild for Snoop Dogg’s first album.
“Doggystyle” became the first hip-hop album to debut at number one on the U.S. billboard charts.
It sold over 800,000 copies in its first week.
6. He’s made over 100 vocal guest appearances.
The rapper has lent his voice to over 100 appearances in other artists’ records.
Aside from being featured alongside most of hip hop’s big names, Snoop DogG has rapped on songs with Britney Spears, Katy Perry, John Legend and more.
5. He’s ventured into film.
The rapper often takes on acting parts, appearing mostly in small bits on TV and in movies.
He can be seen: in the movies “Starsky and Hutch and “Bruno;” the soap opera “One Life to Live;” and on three of his reality shows.
Straying from his typical line of work, he also starred in a romantic Bollywood film called “Singh is King.”
He evens own his own production company, Snoopadelic Films and directed a top selling pornographic film, called “Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle.”
4. He once tried to quit smoking marijuana.
The “Gin and Juice” singer is known as an unofficial representative of cannabis.
He did, however, try to quit the substance in 2002 but it didn’t stick.
He has admitted to smoking up to 80 times a day.
The rapper’s smoky habit made headlines in 2014 when an episode of his online show claimed he smoked in a White House bathroom.
3. He was once banned from Australia.
The country banned the rapper in 2007 on character grounds,citing his extensive criminal past.
The ban was uplifted in 2008.
He was also denied a visa to the U.K. in 2007 after getting into a earlier brawl with airport security.
Lastly, he was banned for two years from Norway for entering the country with eight grams of marijuana.
2. His pimp persona is inspired from his pimping days.
In the middle of his career, Snoop Dogg transitioned his gangster look to a pimp image.
While, some hip hop artist take on the appearance superficially, Snoop Dogg was a professional pimp from 2003 to 2004.
“That s— was my natural calling and once I got involved with it, it became fun. It was like shootin’ layups for me,” he told Rolling Stone magazine in 2006.
He eventually quit that line of work to spend more time with his family.
1. He’s a businessman.
Aside from his ventures in film, the world-renowned rapper has lately been experimenting with his tech side.
Last month, he launched a life-style website called Merry Jane — dedicated to the cannabis industry.
Earlier in the year, he invested in Eaze, a California-based marijuana delivery startup.
In this sideline business, Snoop Dogg has also invested in Reddit, Ustream, and a handful of other tech companies.
H/T: New York Daily News