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Snoop Dogg. Born Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. It is agreed that he was originally nicknamed “Snoopy” because of a resemblance to the Charles Schultz character. The nature of that resemblance is not entirely clear. A biography posted on the now-defunct said, “His father said that Snoop 'had a lot of hair on his head as a baby and looked like a little dog.'”reference 1 But Wikipedia claims it was his mother who gave him the moniker because of “the way his eyes looked.”reference 2 Regardless, he took the stage name Snoop Doggy Dogg when he began recording and changed it to Snoop Dogg in 1996, when he left Death Row Records.


1. n.d. Death Row Era. Snoop Dogg Heaven. Accessed May 31 2006 from http:// content/ view/ 239/ 155/.

2. Wikipedia contributors. 2006. Snoop Dogg. Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation. Accessed May 31 2006 from wiki/ Snoop_Dogg.

About the illustrations: Figure 1 is taken by Chief Photographers Mate Donald Bray in the course of his official duties for the U.S. Navy. As a work of the federal governement it is in the public domain. Figure 2 is the classic comic strip character. Since there is little that can be seen as characteristic about the latter's eyes, perhaps the father's claim is more credible.

Figures 2 is copyrighted and unlicensed. I believe that the use of this low resolution image in the entry “Snoop Dogg” to illustrate the subject in question where no free equivalent is available or could be created that would adequately give the same information qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law.

see also: dog fight; Snoopy Last updated: May 26, 2008
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