16 Interesting Facts About Snoop Dogg: His IQ, Murder Charges, and More

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Last updated on July 9th, 2023 at 10:32 pm

Snoop Dogg is one of the most popular rappers of all time, famous for his low and gentle tone. Although many people know his success, few know more about him than that.

If you love all things rap, get ready as we jump into 16 interesting Snoop Dogg facts that you likely don’t know. 

1. He Married His High School Love

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First on our list of interesting Snoop Dogg facts is that he married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor. They got married in 1997, almost divorced in 2004, then renewed their vows. They have had three children.

2. He Has A Super High IQ

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Snoop Dogg has one of the highest IQs out of any singer, boasting an IQ score of 147. An intelligence quotient this high technically qualifies him as a genius, up there with celebrities like Madonna and Shakira.

3. He Has Famous Hollywood Cousins

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Fame runs in Snoop Dogg’s blood, as he has a few famous Hollywood cousins who have paved their own path in the celebrity world. He’s related to Ray J, Brandy Norwood, and Nate Dogg.

4. He Created a Youth Football League

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Snoop Dogg created The Snoop Youth Football League in 2005. It now has more than a thousand players. He’s a coach and uses the opportunity to give back to the community he grew up in in Los Angeles.

5. He Has Triple Ancestry

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Snoop Dogg has a shocking triple ancestry. After taking a DNA test, he learned he was sub-Saharan African, European, and Native American. 

6. He’s Politically Active in an Interesting Way

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Next on our list of Snoop Dogg facts is that he is politically active, but he seems to be relatively neutral. He was an advocate of libertarian/Republican Ron Paul in 2012 but then ended up casting his vote for Barack Obama when all was said and done.

7. Snoop Dogg isn’t His Real Name

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Maybe it’s obvious, but the rapper’s real name isn’t Snoop Dogg – his real title is Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. He adopted the name Snoop Dogg as a tribute to his parents’ nickname for him as a child, “Snoopy.”

8. He has a Criminal Past

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Snoop Dogg has a criminal past as a former member of the Rollin’ 20 Crips. He also has an extensive history of arrest relating to the possession of drugs with the intent to sell. Fortunately, his criminal past is far in his rearview mirror.

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9. He Once Had Murder Charges

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Once upon a time, Snoop Dogg was charged with a conspiracy to commit assault and nearly convicted of the crime. The infamous charges were settled and he was set free to raise his son in Los Angeles.

10. He Can Play the Piano

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Next on our list of interesting Snoop Dogg facts is that he can play the piano and actually grew up playing the instrument in church as a younger child. He can still play the piano and accesses this talent every once in a while.

11. He Converted To Rastafarianism Once

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Snoop Dogg was once Snoop Lion when he adopted Rastafarianism after a brief visit to Jamaica. He told the world he converted and adopted the name Snoop Lion because it was considered rude to call someone a dog in Jamaica.

12. He’s A Man Of Faith

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Snoop Dogg once converted to Rastafarianism, but he is now a deep man of faith and a born-again Christian. He is pretty open about his various spiritual journeys and how they have impacted his life, from his encounters with Bunny Wailer to his journey with Bob Marley.

13. He’s More Than A Rapper

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Although most people know Snoop Dogg for his rapping ability, he can do more than say words on a beat. He’s also been known to take influence from reggae and has even recorded with country legend Willie Nelson.

14. He’s An Actor

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Not only is Snoop Dogg a famous rapper and singer, but he is also an actor. He’s appeared in films like Turbo, Day Shift, and Baby Boy, in addition to many roles on television.

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15. He Was Banned From Australia

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Once upon a time, Snoop Dogg was banned from Australia based on character grounds. He received the ban in 2007 based on his criminal history and past, and it was eventually lifted in 2008, and he was permitted to visit the country once again.

16. He Adores Sports

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Our final topic on our list of interesting Snoop Dogg facts is that the rapper adores sports, especially basketball and football. He’s a fan of teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, LA Lakers, LA Dodgers, Las Vegas Raiders, and New England Patriots, to name a few.

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Written by Hope Davis

Long-time music lover Hope became a full-time writer in 2020 after being laid off from her regular job due to COVID-19. She now spends her time traveling the world to see her favorite bands while writing about them!


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