Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. in 1971, has been in the game since 1992—more than half his life. At 44, Snoop has pulled off one of the rarest careers in music, remaining relevant, inventive and simultaneously ubiquitous yet never overplayed.
Call him Bigg Dogg, the Doggfather, DJ Snoopadelic, Snoopzilla or Snoop Lion, remains in a class apart. Hell, he's even responsible for an entry to the Oxford English Dictionary with the suffix "-izzle."
The "'slanguistic sensei' of the hip-hop generation," as he was described in a 2004 New York Times article, hasn't gone more than three years without an album release since 1993 and has fairly well conquered all forms of media. Now he's (again) conquering Boise with a stop at Revolution Concert House Friday, Dec. 18 on his West Coast Fest tour. This shiznit's gonna be fo' rizzle.