Dogg Aliases: All Of Snoop Dogg's Name Changes Over The Years

Snoop Dogg has changed his name many times and he is a man who moves with the times and in many different environments. This chameleon-like capability is reflected in his numerous name changes and aliases throughout the years.

  1. Snoop Doggy Dogg, Upcoming Superstar On Death Row

Calvin Broadus took his first stage name, Snoop Doggy Dogg, in the early 90s when he first started making demo tapes with his crew 213 (with Warren G & Nate Dogg). He would keep this name from his time on Death Row until he left to join Master P’s No Limit Records in 1998. 

2. Tha Doggfather: The Father Figure

As Snoop grew and matured a little he began to see himself a father figure with his level of success and growing knowledge of the rap game. He also had gone through his share of trials (literally) and tribulations when he and his body guard charged for the murder.

 The album cover for Snoop's  Tha Doggfather  from 1996

The album cover for Snoop's Tha Doggfather from 1996

Towards the end of his stay with Death Row (circa 1996), he adopted the alter ego “Tha Doggfather” 

3. Snoop Dogg Breaks Out On His Own With No Limit Records

 The blinged-out album cover for  Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not Told

The blinged-out album cover for Da Game Is To Be Sold, Not Told

Once Snoop arrived at No Limit Records he had to change his name to the abbreviated, Snoop Dogg, for contractual reasons with his former label. He released several on No Limit before striking out on his own and changing his name again (at least changing his alias).

4. Big Snoop Dogg: The Responsible Family Man

After Snoop left No Limit he became more independent and responsible and even quit weed for 6 months. WIth his lifestyle change he also decided to change his name and he adopted the alias “Big Snoop Dogg” to showcase his new mature persona.

5. Niggarachi - Snoop Dogg the producer

 Album cover for Bacc To Tha Chuuch Volume 1 - Produced by Snoop Dogg aka NIggarachi

Album cover for Bacc To Tha Chuuch Volume 1 - Produced by Snoop Dogg aka NIggarachi

In 2009 Snoop changed his name to “Niggarachi” and actually became a producer. In fact, Snoop produced an entire album under the Niggarachi name titled Bacc To Tha Chuuch Vol. 1. Evidently, Snoop wanted a name that was iconic and strong like 2Pac's Makaveli alias. 

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6. Snoop Lion: A Change Of Image, Snoop Becomes A Rastafarian

 Album cover for Snoop Lion's  Reincarnated  (2012)

Album cover for Snoop Lion's Reincarnated (2012)

Snoop eventually began smoking weed again and in 2012 he officially changed his stage name for the first time in 14 years. Snoop Dogg converted to Rastafarianism and changed his name to Snoop Lion. He released an album and a documentary under this name before changing his name once again only one year later (2013).

7. Snoopzilla: The Funkafied Dogg Of His 70s & 80s Childhood

 Album cover Snoopdelic's  7 Days of Funk

Album cover Snoopdelic's 7 Days of Funk

In 2013 he went in a funk direction and changed his name to Snoopzilla and released the album 7 Days of Funk. The album was a funkafied version of Snoop (Snoopzilla) and features Tha Dogg Pound members, Kurupt, and Daz Dillinger. Visually the 7 Days of Funk album is inspired Parliament/Funkadelic album covers.

8. DJ Snoopadelic: The Crowd Rocking DJ On The One & Two’s

In 2014 Snoop briefly changed his name to DJ Snoopadelic for a six-date show in Las Vegas, "Snoopadelic Cabaret", which was a twenties (1920s) inspired event.

9. Uncle Snoop: The Jack Of All Trades Celebrity And Mentor

 During a break from music, Uncle Snoop Dogg published a cooking book titled  From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen

During a break from music, Uncle Snoop Dogg published a cooking book titled From Crook to Cook: Platinum Recipes from Tha Boss Dogg's Kitchen

In 2015 we see Snoop Dogg return with a new alter ego and a new album titled BUSH. This time his new nickname was “Uncle Snoop” which signified his position as a role model and mentor for younger artists. 

10. Coach Snoop: The Football Coach & Role Model For The Youth

 Snoop's Netflix series "Coach Snoop"

Snoop's Netflix series "Coach Snoop"

Snoop has been coaching youth football for years and in 2016 he got his own Netflix series titled “Coach Snoop”. And although he was known as “Coach Snoop” years prior, this was the general public’s introduction to this side of Snoop Dogg's personality. Fact: Snoop doesn't smoke weed during the football season

Alexander Ramalho