Rapper, celebrity, and pop-culture icon Snoop Dogg - real name is Calvin Broadus - was given his universally recognized nickname by his father, who thought his son resembled the Peanuts character Snoopy. To date, he sold over 14 million copies of his albums; his seminal rap masterwork “Doggystyle“ has exceeded 5.5 million copies sold.
Discovered in 1992 by rappers/producers Warren G. and Dr. Dre, Snoop’s music was first utilized on the soundtrack of the film Deep Cover. The collaboration between Snoop and Dr. Dre grew over time, and the duo hit success with “Nuthin’ But a ’G’ Thang,“ which includes the instantly recognizable chorus, “Bow wow wow, yippee yo yippee yay.“ Ultimately, Dr. Dre’s album “The Chronic“ is most memorable for Snoop’s unique vernacular and unique vocal qualities. Snoop’s first solo record, Doggystyle, released in 1993, spawned several hit singles, including “Gin and Juice,“ “Doggy Dogg World,“ and “Who Am I (What’s My Name).“ Later that year Snoop was voted best rapper by Rolling Stone readers and critics in their annual poll. That same year Snoop took home an MTV award for best rap video with “Doggy Dogg World.“
Snoop released his second album, “Tha Doggfather“, in 1996, dedicating it to his friend and peer Tupac Shakur, who was murdered three months prior. The album debuted at No. 1. Snoop went on to perform on Saturday Night Livewith the Gap Band’s Charles Wilson, who later became Snoop’s musical director. In 1997 Snoop appeared as the headliner on that summer’s Lollapalooza Tour. In 1996 Snoop began being cast roles in Hollywood movies including “Training Day“, “Bones“, and most recently, the remake of “Starsky & Hutch“.
More recently, Snoop is also known as an entrepreneur, having released a self-titled line of clothing and founding the record label Dogghouse Records, besides making forays into the video and film business.Snoop’s two most recent full-length releases - “Paid tha Cost to be tha Bo$$“ (2002) and “R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece“ (11/2004) - have both met with enormous acclaim from fans and critics alike, as Snoop continues to explore uncharted territories, pushing the envelope on the genre he helped define with innovative production treatments and textures.“R&G“ is riddled with jazz guitar, classic rock samples, and even percussive tongue clicking. But one thing stays the same: Snoop is always hardcore...
During Summer 2004 Snoop and his band toured as a co-headliner on the “Projekt Revolution“ tour with Linkin Park and Korn, with an extensive array of EV mics in tow:
Equipment list (including spares):
(3) Dual EV RE-1 wireless receivers
(6) Handheld RE-1 wireless transmitters
(6) N/D767a dynamic heads
(6) RE510 condenser heads
(2) N/D967 - DJ
(3) N/D967 - BG Vox
(3)N/D367 - BG Vox
(4) RE92L - Horns
(2) N/D 468 - Guitars
(3) Co4 - Guitars
(2) N/D468 - Rhodes
(3) RE200 (Condenser)
(2) RE200 - Audience mics