1993

Snoop Dogg, a Long Beach native and former student at Poly High School, releases his debut album “Doggystyle,” recorded locally at VIP Records. At this time he was also recording tracks as part of “213” with his cousin Nate Dogg and friend Warren G.

 
 

The rapper known as Snoop Dogg (AKA Calvin Broadus, Jr.) was raised in Long Beach and attended Poly High School on Atlantic Avenue.

Snoop became good friends with Warren G (AKA Warren Griffin III) while they were both students in school. Warren, Snoop, and Snoop’s cousin Nate Dogg loved to create music and found a sense of community at V.I.P. Records near their high school.

The record store’s owner, Kelvin Anderson, created a room in the back of his store where the trio and other kids from Poly could hang out safely after school. Kelvin invited his friends from the music industry to come and teach the kids about the practice, and bought equipment to create a makeshift recording studio in the back room. It was in that room that Warren, Snoop, and Nate recorded some of their first tracks as ‘213.’ Those tracks were heard by Warren’s half brother, Dr. Dre, who invited Snoop to record melodies for his upcoming movie, kick-starting the rapper’s monumental career.

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Image courtesy of the Long Beach Post.