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Before Snoop Lion was making reggae songs and Snoopzilla was exploring the funk, Snoop Doggy Dogg was credited as a pioneer in trademarking the West Coast’s G-Funk sound in the 1990s. At the time, the rapper dropped the blueprint for a perfect debut album with Doggystyle in 1993, rivaling Nas’s Illmatic introduction the next year. Aside from releasing six platinum albums during his first decade, Snoop definitely Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$ by overcoming numerous controversies, including being criticized by Congress as a scapegoat for his role in Gangsta rap, defeating a manslaughter trial that lasted two years, beefing with Suge Knight and 2pac, and joining Master P’s No Limit Soldiers at the height of their success.
XXL has compiled a guide to the first decade of Snoop Dogg’s historic career—finishing out our series on the four rappers who have started their career with six platinum solo albums in a decade—analyzing Tha Doggfather’s growth from a gangsta to a pimp, a drug dealer to a family man, an accused murderer to an award-winning pornograpahy director, and much more. —Christian Bonoan