When talking about the most legendary hip-hop icons, a few names come to mind: Tupac Shakur, Biggie, Jay Z, Kanye West, and quite possibly the most versatile of them all, Snoop Dogg. He is also known as Snoop Doggy Dog, Snoopzila, and Snoop Lion, although this name didn’t stick for long.
From his humble beginnings in Long Beach to his meteoric rise in showbiz, Snoop Dogg’s star is only getting brighter in hip-hop and the cannabis culture.
Let’s say you know nothing about the rapper; you probably never heard his songs or watched any music videos.
But if you’re interested in the cannabis world, you’re sure to come across Snoop Dogg. That’s how much of an emblem he is in this scene! That’s why today we’ve decided to delve a little deeper and find out the roots of this cult-favorite cannabis connoisseur. So let’s fire up on Snoop Dogg’s Leafy Legacy: Celebrating a Hip-Hop Cannabis Icon.
Humble Beginnings in Long Beach, California
While it would be cool for a parent to name their child Snoop Dogg, it wasn’t the case for our cannabis legend. He was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. His mother can be credited with the rapper’s popular stage name, as she was the first to call him “Snoopy” after the popular cartoon dog he was a fan of.
Calvin’s love of rap took a course in middle school when he was in 6th grade, as it provided an escape from the harsh realities of his surroundings. You see, young Calvin was growing up in a neighborhood marked by poverty and gang-related violence. He sold candies, delivered newspapers, and bagged groceries to help his family. His formative years were not the easiest, as he frequently began to find himself in trouble, as these things often lead to.
Young Broadus’ run-ins with the law became regular, and he went to jail often. However, these adversities failed to stand in the way of his love of hip-hop. After many unsuccessful attempts at forming groups with his cousins and releasing music, Broadus was finally discovered by a famed rapper, producer, and inspiration of his, Dr. Dre, and he never looked back.
Snoop Dogg Reigns Supreme
From his debut album charting at the Billboard 200s and a long slew of hits following, Snoop Dogg quickly became a household name in the hip-hop scene and to this day. The Cali rapper has sold over 37 million copies of his 19 studio albums worldwide, amassing a net worth of a whopping $160 million. Like a true rags-to-riches tale, complete with an assortment of platinum records, luxury cars, jewelry, and most importantly, premium THCa Flower Pre-Rolls.
But the story doesn’t end here, besides multiple wildly successful music ventures and collaborations spanning various entertainment industries around the world. Snoop Dogg is the one hip-hop artist known for taking on any project and being good at it.
He has starred in several movies and TV shows, hosted documentaries, had his own cooking show with popular author and personality Martha Stewert, and has had his name on at least a dozen successful business ventures. It ranges from foods, liquor, film studios, and, of course, his own cannabis line aptly named Leafs by Snoop. Would it even be a Snoop Dogg empire if he wasn’t in the weed biz?
Snoop Dogg, A Cannabis Icon
Only a handful have seen Snoop Dogg without a blunt in his hand, or at least not inebriated by the said blunt. The Long Beach native is a firm believer in the wonders of weed, and this faith has accompanied the star through his life and career like a steadfast comrade for over 20 years.
Snoop Doggy Dog’s commitment to cannabis is much stronger than you think. Just last year, it was revealed that the rapper has a professional joint roller. Yes, an individual who is just required to roll his blunts every day smokes around 75–150 blunts daily.
She goes by the name Renegade Piranha and is a professional in business. Her expertise is duly compensated by Snoop with a modest $50,000 a year. Not a bad gig at all!
Snoop Dogg has partnered up with many marijuana companies and businesses, whether it was lending his name for a strain or even being involved in creating a unique blend. He also has his own marijuana media company called Merry Jane. The dude knows his weed through and through. And we certainly didn’t think otherwise!
When asked about what is now a beloved love story of him and weed, Snoop Dogg answers, “It makes me feel the way I need to feel.” While that statement can be considered vague, we couldn’t have said it better!
Leafs By Snoop
A weed brand by Snoop Dogg might be the most on-brand endeavor Snoop Dogg has ever done, besides his music, of course! We couldn’t believe it wasn’t until 2015 that Snoopy finally started his own brand, but you know what they say: good things take time.
Leafs by Snoop is dubbed the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world, but because of state-based restrictions, it is only available for sale in dispensaries across weed-legalized states. Currently, 24 states have legalized the use of marijuana, and 15 other states have legalized it for medical use. There are 12 states remaining that have yet to allow their residents to use marijuana.
The collection offers eight different strains, including Indica, Sativa, and other popular hybrids. Flavors like Lemon Pie, Cali Kush, Blueberry Dream, and more take over flowers, soft gels, edibles, and concentrates available on the LBS website.
Now let’s break down the line.
- Sativa: Lemon Pie, Tangerine Man, and Blueberry Dream
- Indica: Cali Kush, Purple Bush, Bananas, and Northern Lights
- CBD: 3D CBD
Snoop designed this collection with each strain being suitable for a specific time of day. Whether you’re starting your day with a hit or easing into the evening with one, Leafs by Snoop has you covered with its wide variety.
More Celebrities Who Are Marijuana Enthusiasts
While Bob Marley was and now Mr. Snoop Dogg has been at the forefront of the mari-movement for over 20 years, many more celebrities publicly express their affection for smoking.
Let’s take a look at some of those popular names:
- World-famous star Lady Gaga has revealed how marijuana helped her cope with the not-so-glamorous effects of fame. She dedicated a song to cannabis titled “Mary Jane Holland” and even dressed up as a cannabis princess at a Halloween party!
- Rapper Wiz Khalifa has expressed how cannabis has helped his creativity soar and relax. Like Snoop, he also has his own strain of cannabis called “Khalifa Kush.”
- Brazilian visual artist Fernando de la Rocque also credits the high of marijuana to making beautiful art and creating pieces with marijuana smoke. He creates them by blowing smoke onto pre-cut stencils.
- While cannabis has proven to be beneficial for most on this list, for this one mega-pop star, it almost pushed them over the edge. Global sensation Miley Cyrus spoke about starting to smoke weed on the set of her popular Disney show, “Hannah Montana,” and it proved to be a real threat to her career. She had to undergo major vocal surgery after the effects of long-time smoking manifested on her world-famous vocal cords.
Cannabis and Celebrities: A Whole New Take On Pop Culture
Cannabis endorsements have very well become the bread and butter of many celebrities, who discovered the venture to be more lucrative than their usual highs and lows in showbiz.
The self-proclaimed cannabis kings Bob Marley and Snoop Dogg, iconic figures in all entertainment industry realms, have been vocal proponents of using marijuana. Cannabis has slowly weaved into becoming a prominent subject in pop culture today.
With the surge of celebrity-backed products and brands, from strains curated by artists and musicians to entire lifestyle collections promoted by them, cannabis culture is thriving. And whether or not that rings true for all other spokespeople, we know that one true icon of the movement is here to stay.
If you guessed Snoop Dogg, you’re absolutely right!
We hope you enjoyed this deep dive into one of the most iconic musicians of modern times, or at least a lot more about his infatuation with marijuana. Snoop Dogg’s penchant for weed knows no bounds, and it has served him incredibly well over the years.
Whether you’re into his music or the umpteen other ventures he’s affiliated with, you can’t deny the dedication Snoop Dogg has to promoting and using cannabis. As the legend himself was once quoted, “The more medicated, the more dedicated.” And we truly couldn’t agree more!