How Snoop Dogg Became One of the Richest Rappers in the World
Snoop Dogg has been a key player in the hip-hop world for some time now. Here are three steps he took to become one of the richest rappers in America.
No matter what you think of Snoop Dogg, there is no denying that he has been a key player in the hip-hop world for some time now. It's hard to believe that this album was his debut way back in 1993. He has gone on to release many more albums, and he has even tried his hand at acting over the years. Here, are three steps Snoop Dogg took to become one of the richest rappers in America.
The Early Years
Snoop Dogg's rapping career started back in the 1980s, when he was a member of the famed East Coast hip-hop group the Dogg Pound. The group went on to release three popular albums before they broke up in 1991. ADVERTISEMENT In 1993, Snoop Dogg was introduced to Mike-Will & C.L. Smooth by a mutual friend and he proceeded to record a demo. The track "Gin and Juice" soon went on to become a huge hit, not only within the hip-hop community, but also within the mainstream music world. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award and Snoop Dogg was soon signed to MCA Records. By 1994, Snoop Dogg was already a major recording artist. He appeared on the cover of The Source and in their Summer Madness issue. He released his debut studio album, Doggystyle, in April of the same year.
The Success of Doggystyle
Snoop Dogg was fortunate enough to work with Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre on his debut album, Doggystyle. This record did very well commercially and even won the prestigious GRAMMY for Best Rap Album in 1993. Doggystyle even had a different cover than most, which showed Snoop in a prison jumpsuit. It was a controversial album, to say the least, and Snoop only wanted to be known for making good music, but many people didn't realize it at the time. Related: The Richest Rappers in America Contracts With various Record Labels Snoop Dogg stayed on Jive Records for a while, but he left them before the success of Doggystyle really took off. He signed with Bad Boy Records, and their marketing machine helped take the album to the next level.
Becoming a Mogul in the Other Industries
Before he became a rapper, Snoop Dogg dabbled in a few other industries. One of the best examples is his hip-hop clothing line. He has been involved in the design of a variety of items, from t-shirts to jackets. He has even done design work for Nike and Eminem's clothing lines. There are other aspects of Snoop Dogg's life where he has held different interests. In addition to his rap career, Snoop Dogg is also involved in music production. He is a member of the East Coast-West Coast hip-hop duo Geto Boys. As Snoop Dogg and I discussed in my most recent blog post, The Hip-Hop Genius, this knowledge of a variety of different industries helped him with his branding when it came to his music career. Establishing Himself as the Father of a New Generation Snoop Dogg and Dr.
Just because you've made it as a rapper doesn't mean you have to stay a rapper. This article highlighted some of the steps that Snoop Dogg took in order to get to his current level of success. You can take these same steps if you're serious about becoming a rapper. You never know what could happen, right?