How Many Platinum Albums Does Snoop Dogg Have?
Snoop Dogg is one of Hip Hop’s biggest stars on the YouTube, social media, television/film and on record. The smooth-voiced MC has sold over 23.5 million records in the United States and at least 37 million worldwide.
Since entering the music industry in 1992 with Dr. Dre and Death Row Records, the Doggfather has gone on to have a varied and highly successful career. From trying his hand at R&B/Soul, Reggae, and Gospel, Snoop can always rely on his rapping skills to pay the bills.
With 16 solo albums under his belt and 127 singles (September 2018), it’s safe to say that Snoop has sold more than a record or two. But how many platinum albums does Snoop Dogg have exactly?
According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Snoop Dogg has seven platinum albums to date (and one almost platinum). Here are Snoop’s platinum albums:
Snoop’s debut album Doggystyle (1993) was an extremely anticipated record following the wake Dr. Dre’s The Chronic the year before. When it finally dropped, fans gobbled up 11 million Doggystyle albums worldwide.
2. Tha Doggfather (1996)
While not as anticipated as his debut, Snoop’s sophomore album Tha Doggfather (1996) still managed to go double platinum in America. Musically it was a departure from Doggystyle, specifically the absence of Dr. Dre which caused the album to sound vastly different.
3. Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not To Be Told (1998)
Despite leaving Death Row and joining Master P’s hugely successful No Limit Records, Snoop kept sales rolling with Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not Told (1998) and he sold 2 million records with this outing. Once again without the involvement of Dr. Dre.
4. No Limit Top Dogg (1999)
Snoop’s second album on No Limit Records (No Limit Top Dogg from 1999) sees him move away from the labels sound and embrace his west coast background even teaming up with Dr. Dre for several tracks. The results were pleasing and Snoop went double platinum selling 1.5 million records.
5. Tha Last Meal (2000)
Snoop Dogg’s third No Limit record Tha Last Meal (2000) saw even more of a return to his west coast roots and this album has production from Dr. Dre and features many of Snoop’s longtime friends such as Nate Dogg. The fans liked what they heard and the album went double platinum in the United States.
6. Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$ (2002)
2002's Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Boss saw Snoop become independent of the prior record labels and now he could be his own boss. He even famously quit weed for 2 years to focus on business and family during this time. Musically it paid off also, selling 1.3 million for his sixth consecutive platinum album.
7. R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece (2004)
2004’s R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece saw Snoop collaborate with many of the days hottest artists and produces such as Justin Timberlake and Pharell Williams. The result was big sales including the mega-hit "Drop It Like It's Hot". The fans loved it and Snoop went platinum once again selling 1.7 million records in America alone.
8. Well almost…Tha Blue Carpet Treatment (2006)
NOTE: 2006’s Tha Blue Carpet Treatment was the first time Snoop failed to go platinum ending decade-plus run of platinum albums. But still, he was very close with 903,000 records sold to date. You can likely chalk up a large portion of this decline to the increase of illegal downloading around this time.
Although Snoop’s record sales would never approach the platinum numbers again, his fame and visibility have only increased and he remains a huge star on multiple platforms. From his YouTube channel, his massive following Instagram following, his cooking show with Martha Stewart, and even commentating for the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championships) Snoop continues to be successful.