A resurrection after 15 years: Snoop Dogg Puff Puff Pass Tour 2016


    Earlier in 2016, Snoop Dogg introduced himself in 5 definitions, one of which is exclusive to this man's intellectual existence and popularity.  He called himself an “actor, father, football coach, philanthropist” and a “gangster rapper.” Or “gangsta rapper,” probably this serves a better wording and is more in vibe with his persona.

    The legendary Puff Puff Pass Tour of 2001 has a sequel, and Snoop Dogg plans to resurrect it with his homeboys Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Warren G, and DJ Quik all through December 5 to December 15 as Snoop Dogg Puff Puff Pass Tour 2016. The venue and details have been planned to hook the audience of the West and West Coast (and anyone who can manage are welcome). The first announcement carries this round, with more legs to be revealed soon.

    Background and Where He Got His Name From:

    Snoop Dogg wasn’t always Snoop Dogg or Snoop Doggy Dog. Born October 20, 1971, Snoop Dogg was actually called Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. in his hometown Long Beach, California. So how did he get this name that paints his picture when you say it? The answer lies with his mom. Popular cartoon strip and TV Show Peanuts has a character called Snoopy.

    Snoopy is the ever-so-cute dog character of the main character Charlie Brown. Back in the 70s when our Calvin was just a kid, his mother retorted that he watched so much of Peanuts, he had begun to look like Snoopy.

    His dad thought that he had too much hair on his head, just like a hairy dog. And Snoopy happened to be just our singer’s favorite character. Snoopy, like a dog, is intelligent enough not to be considered a dog and is wholly independent, having notions prone to fantasy. Rings a bell?

    Calvin began to be called Snoopy by his relatives and mum, and instead of being annoyed, our pal loved it. He took this name, added dog with double g’s, and became the household name of gangsta rappers.

    Snoop began his career in 1992, appearing in Dr. Dre’s classic album The Chronic with this name. He kept this name until 1998 when he was forced to drop it for leaving Death Row Records. He retook it and was known as Snoop Dogg till 2013. On his own sweet will, he changed to Snoop Lion sometime in the middle and came back to presently being called his very own name, Snoop Dogg.

    Snoop’s Coming to Music:

    Snoop was inclined to music from a very early age. He used to play the piano as he sang for the Baptist church. When he was in the sixth grade, he started to rap, setting the base for his future chart-topping performance.

    After completing high school, Snoop had served jail time for possessing drugs. He was also in association with the Rollin’ 20 Crips Gang. To brush off his troubles from his mind and influenced by it, he started recording demos with Warren G and cousin Nate Dogg. His signature drawled lyrical contents came inspired by his encounter with the law.

    One of their tracks impressed our Dr. Dre, who invited the then Snoop Doggy Dogg to audition. They collaborated to make a song called Deep Cover, as a soundtrack of a film of the same name. Eventually, Dr. Dre’s superbly popular and successful debut album featured a rad rapper: our Snoop. His vocals for Dre Day and Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang hit it off wildly.

    He soon became one of the best-knowns in gangsta rap in the 1990s and continues for many to be the epitome of West Coast hip-hop.

    Snoop’s Life in Music: Albums and Hits:

    Snoop’s first album was called Doggystyle, released in 1993, signed under Death Row Records. It hit the Billboard 200 chart as number 1 with a sale of nearly a million copies in the first week of its release. In 1994, it was certified quadruple platinum by RIAA. The singles What’s My Name? and Gin & Juice.

    While he was recording What’s My Name? and Gin & Juice, he was arrested in charge of a drive-by shooting but eventually came to be cleared of all charges. Not before he spent years entangled in court. So, this kept him away from music and had reasoned the delay of his second album, Tha Doggfather.

    It was released in 1996 and topped two charts, the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. This album was also a later certified double platinum in 1997. It had a softer approach to the G-funk style, and so some say this wasn’t as successful as the previous. After the album, Snoop was said to have moved from gangsta rap to “calmer lyrical aesthetics.”

    But his looks, carefully cultivated to maintain the fine line between cartoonish and laid-back as if he were in eternal bliss, together with his capabilities, made him a popular icon very soon. Besides, his West Coast slang and an overflow of verbal tics American vocab was welcoming this wordsmith.

    Later in 1999, he released three albums, “Da Game Is to Be Sold,” “Not to Be Told in 1998,” “No Limit Top Dogg” and sold over a million copies and Tha Last Meal in 2000  selling over two million copies. In 2002, Snoop signed Priority/Capitol Records and released the album, “Paid tha Cost to Be da Bo$$.” “From tha Chuuuch to da Palace” and “Beautiful” were two bomb singles from the album.

    In 2004, he signed Geffen records and gave us three albums,  R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment, and Ego Trippin'. From R&G, Snoop gave us Drop It Like It’s Hot featuring Pharrell Williams. It was Snoop’s first single to reach number one.

    In 2007, he made history by releasing a track as a ringtone, the first in this case, before it was released as a single called "It's the D.O.G." Two of his other albums Malice 'n Wonderland in 2009, and Doggumentary in 2011, were released on Priority. Malice 'n Wonderland was re-released as More Malice.

    Our Dogg man transitioned here. After a trip to Jamaica and his conversion to Rastafarianism, he wanted to be called Snoop Lion. His reggae album Reincarnated was released in 2013 under that moniker. In the same year, he collapsed as Snoopzilla with Dam-Funk for a funk album of the guy. Thanks to funk, he came back to be called Snoop Dogg and released his R&B record Bush in 2015.

    Branching Out

    Besides famously putting West Coast back on the map and creating a sound that combines smooth and hypnotic rapping with old school funky beats, Snoop Dogg has done more than making everyone wants to be a gangsta.

    Other than singing and rapping, Snoop has a career in hosting and starring in motion pictures too. The shows were called  Doggy Fizzle Televizzle, Snoop Dogg's Father Hood, and Dogg After Dark, Starsky & Hutch, The Wash and Training Day, etc. He has a career as a football coach of a youth football league and high school football teams.

    Awards and Achievements:

    Snoop received the Billboard Music Award for the Top Billboard 200 Album Artist - Male, Top R&B Album Artist, and Top R&B Album Artist - Male in 1994. In the same year, he also won the MTV VMAs for the song Doggy Dogg World as the best mv.

    The next year, he bagged an AMA as the Favorite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist. Besides, he has won the MOBO Award, Source Award, Stony Award, Urban Fashion Award, etc. and was nominated for Grammys for over 15 times.

    Snoop Dogg Puff Puff Pass Tour 2016: Dates and Venue:

    The rapper has unveiled dates and enlisted associates for a sequel to the 2001 hour. It is a 10-day run, starting in Rapid City and wrapping up in the Shrine. The artists to hit the road with our rapper includes Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Tha Dogg Pound, DJ Quick, the Pomona City Movement, and the LBC Movement. Following is the schedule:



    Dec 5, 2016

    Rapid City, SD at Rushmore Center

    Dec 6, 2016

    Missoula, MT at Adams Center

    Dec 7, 2016

    Tri-Cities, WA at Toyota Center

    Dec 8, 2016

    San Bernardino, CA at San Manuel Stadium

    Dec 9, 2016

    Lake Elsinore, CA at The Diamond

    Dec 10, 2016

    Los Angeles, CA at Microsoft Theater

    Dec 12, 2016

    Oakland, CA at Fox Theater

    Dec 13, 2016

    Loveland, CO at Budweiser Event Center

    Dec 14, 2016

    Casper, WY at Casper Event Center

    Dec 15, 2016

    Billings, MT at The Shrine


    Snoop Dog was always a great mind of music with his talent and mind-blowing music. Definitely, the Snoop Dogg Puff Puff Pass Tour 2016 was one of the most fabulous events for Snoop lovers