In honor of Veterans Day, we decided to take a look at one of America’s most iconic rappers, Snoop Dogg, and see if there’s any truth to the rumor that he was an army brat.
Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., is one of the most successful rappers of all time. He’s sold over 35 million albums worldwide and has been nominated for 16 Grammy Awards. But what many people don’t know is that before he was a rap superstar, Snoop was actually an army brat.
Snoop’s father, Calvin Broadus Sr., was a Vietnam War veteran who served in the United States Army. When Snoop was just a baby, his family moved around constantly because of his father’s job. In fact, it wasn’t until Snoop was 8 years old that he finally settled down in Long Beach, California.
While growing up, Snoop was always either moving or living on a military base. This made it difficult for him to make friends and often left him feeling isolated. As a result, he turned to rap music as an outlet for his frustrations. It wasn’t long before he realized that he had a natural talent for rhyming and writing songs.
In 1992, at the age of 20, Snoop released his first album, “Doggystyle.” The album was an instant hit, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and selling over 800,000 copies in its first week. It remains one of the best-selling rap albums of all time.
So there you have it! Contrary to popular belief, Snoop Dogg was not an army brat. His father may have been in the military, but Snoop himself never served in the armed forces. However, we think it’s safe to say that without his experiences as a child, we probably would have never gotten such classics as “Gin & Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” And for that, we are truly grateful!