Snoop Dogg Opens Up About His Legacy and What Being a Grandfather Means to Him

Snoop Dogg is a proud family man. The 51-year-old, who was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., has three children with his wife of 26 years, Shante Taylor – sons Cordé, 28, and Cordell, 26, and daughter Cori, 23 – and another child – son Julian, 25 – from a previous relationship with Laurie Holmond

As his children grow older, his family tree grows larger. In 2015, he became a grandfather for the first time when his eldest son, Cordé, welcomed his first son with his girlfriend, Jessica Kyzer. Since then, Snoop Dogg has welcomed five more grandchildren into his life and currently has another grandchild on the way. 

On Thursday (June 15), Audible released their newest installment of Words + Music – this one featuring Snoop Dogg and titled From the Streets to the Suites. In the audio series, Snoop Dogg talks about his growing family, what being a grandfather means to him, and what he wants to be remembered for. 

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“I am a grandfather of six, with one on the way. And my grandkids are my everything because they all individually get a piece of my heart and they’re different,” Snoop Dogg said in the series – adding that his eldest grandson, Zion, thinks he’s the biggest star in the family and his granddaughter, CC, plays tennis. 

“She sees me in the store in my little Corona ads and what not — [she says], ‘Papa!’ That s— means the world to me for them to call me that because I had a papa,” Snoop continued. He goes on to explain how his grandfather was his best friend and he’s glad he has a similar relationship with his grandkids today.

“My grandpa was my best friend and for me to be that for my grandkids is showing that I actually did well and I was able to outlive the circumstances,” he adds. “Now I can look back — I can teach those who want to get to this level. Or at least give them a blueprint and help them avoid some of the traps.”

Snoop Dogg has five living grandchildren, one grandchild on the way, and another grandchild in heaven. His eldest son, Cordé, has four children of his own – Elleven, Skylar, Zion, and Kai (who died in 2019 at 10 days old) – and his second-eldest son, Cordell, has two children of his own – Cordoba and Chateau. 

Snoop Dogg Reveals What He’s Most Thankful For

Snoop Dogg married his high school sweetheart, Shante Taylor, in June 1997. Their relationship almost came to an end in 2004 when Snoop Dogg filed for divorce – citing irreconcilable differences. They eventually worked things out, renewed their vows in 2008, and have lived happily ever after ever since.

“To have a relationship with my wife after all these years, kids still love me, and respected in the music industry,” he says of what he’s most thankful for. While he understands he’s not perfect, he’s confident in his ability to help others and describes it as the ‘gift that keeps on giving’ – vowing to continue to love.

He’s also thankful for his outlook on life and how he goes about his day-to-day life. “Do what I want when I want, and not be cocky but be confident. And to be loved and give love and attract it. Be an answer to the problem all the time and always try to be the one who can bring in some understanding,” he said.

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As for his legacy, Snoop Dogg wants to be remembered as a giver – one that kept on giving. He wants to inspire people to reach their goals and be the best version of themself. If you’d like to hear more of his life, career, and impact on the hip-hop industry, his Words + Music is available to stream on Audible.

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