While growing up, Snoop Dogg's parents called him Snoopy because of his likeness to Peanuts' anthropomorphic beagle. The name became Snoop Dogg, his global artist identity. Classic Hip Hop Magazine

While Snoop Dogg is known for rapping, his piano playing is fascinating. As a child, he sang and played piano at Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church. Rapping became his interest at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Capital Xtra

With a 147 IQ, the rapper is considered one of the smartest in the business. Scientific American says most people have IQs between 85 and 115. The study found that few people have IQs exceeding 130. This places people like Snoop Dogg in an elite group, and his success in music, acting, and business suggests he is a genius. Scientific American

If you thought you know Snoop Dogg, you've probably never heard this.After his 2007 guns and narcotics convictions, he was barred from Australia.He was scheduled to attend MTV's Sydney Australian Video Music Awards party. He was also charged of two-day visa overstay. Finally removed in 2008, the prohibition (Guardian)

Given his gangsta rap background, this is one of Snoop Dogg's least shocking facts. He supposedly joined the Rollin' 20 Crips, one of Long Beach's most popular gangs, as a teenager. Law enforcement knew him, even though he denied being a gang member, especially when his music career took off. Snoop was jailed for various offences, including narcotics offences, between 1989 and 1993. New York Times

After visiting Jamaica in 2012, Snoop Dogg became a Rastafarian. Snoop also revealed his name change to Lion.  Reincarnated, the rapper's reggae album after his conversion, chronicled his journey into the genre and his new identity as Snoop Lion. The Guardian.

Snoop stood out in hardcore rapping, ruled by gruff sounds like Ja Rule and DMX. His unusual, calm gangsta speech was unique. According to Rolling Stone, this strategy set him apart in the congested industry, driving him to the top in his heyday.

Having fought several celebrities since his rap career began, Snoop has always been controversial. The father of four has met Donald Trump, Iggy Azalea, Nick Young, Kanye West, Eminem, and Dr. Dre! Hollywood gossip

Snoop and Tupac Shakur recorded Amerikaz Most Wanted single 2 in 1996. This was one of Tupac's last songs. Tupac was shot in Las Vegas in September and died six days later. (YouTube)

One of Snoop Dogg's most astonishing discoveries is his triple heritage, whether you believe in DNA testing. On Lopez Tonight in 2010, George Lopez disclosed his ancestry test findings. DNA tests showed Snoop was 71% African, 23% Native American, and 6% European. (YouTube)