There's a lot more to Snoop Dogg
than you might think. The "Drop It Like It's Hot" rapper is a family man, a business man, and spends his time mentoring kids. He even got to ring the NY Stock Exchange bell today in honor of the second annual Mentoring Madness program. Snoop Dogg (Getty)
"There were a lot of important mentors in my life," he said in an interview with CNBC
). Whether it was the school people, the counselors, my preachers, my peers, older guys who had been in trouble before me who recognized my talent and just didn't was see me go through the same situations that they went through."
Now he's giving back. He said he was on the wrong path when he was younger, too, but is successful today because he wised up and started studying and playing his cards right. "I dibbled and dabbled into crime in the beginning of my, you know, stages of adolescence as a young man," he said. "And once I did, I seen that that wasn't the ride that I wanted to take."
Since that decision, we'd say he's done pretty well for himself, after coming on the rap scene in 1993 alongside Dr. Dre
. Now he says his priorities have changed a bit from music. Now his thing is his business, and brand. Snoop said, “at the time, it was music, and then once it shifted to business because it was told me that this is called show business. Always had the show, but I never had the business. And once I got the business, now I'm the king of show business.”
Snoop, who was born Cordazar Calvin Broadus, also dished on how he got his stage name. "As a kid born in the '70s, mom used to put on a TV show called Charlie Brown
," he said. "And there was a character on there named Snoopy. And I used to love him to death. And my mama said I started to look like him so much 'cause I watched him all the time, and that's what they used to name me." It stuck.
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