Snoop Dogg was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. in Long Beach, California, to Vernall Varnado and Beverly Broadus (nÃ©e Tate). But Vernall, who was a Vietnam veteran singer and mail carrier, left the family only three months after Calvinâs birth and thus Calvin was named after his stepfather, Calvin Cordozar Broadus Sr. His father remained largely absent from his life. As a boy, his parents nicknamed him "Snoopy" due to his love and likeness of the cartoon character from Peanuts. He was the second of his mother's three sons. His mother and stepfather divorced in 1975. When Calvin was very young, he began singing and playing piano at the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. In sixth grade, he began rapping. As a child, Calvin sold candy, delivered newspapers, and bagged groceries to help his family make ends meet. He was described as having been a dedicated student and enthusiastic churchgoer. Calvin stated in 1993 that despite his motherâs best efforts to keep him singing in the choir and playing football, rather than gang banging and running the streets, he began the latter activity in his teenage years.
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