*Snoop Dogg opens up about the diverse parts of his life – including his marriage to Shanté Taylor Broadus — in an interview with Cathy Hughes, for “TV One on One,” scheduled to air Sunday, Dec. 12 from 9-10 p.m. ET, repeating at 1 a.m. Shanté Broadus joins the duo later in the program.
A Crips follower in high school who spent time in jail for drug possession as a teenager, Snoop tells Hughes he also grew up with a strong and caring mother who imposed discipline, and even a 10 PM curfew on the budding rapper who was gaining popularity at house parties in Long Beach.
“My momma was serious,” Snoop tells Hughes. “. . .She was like the mother and the father. You know what I’m sayin’? So, we had discipline in my house. But at the same time, you know, I still ventured out ‘n’ joined a gang, sold drugs; because that’s what, you know, misled youth do. . .You know, my mother tried her best, but at the same time, I was influenced by what I was seein’ when she wasn’t there.”
Two key areas of his life that are as important to him as his music is Snoop’s marriage to his high school sweetheart Shanté Taylor in 1997 and his devotion to his two sons and daughter, as seen in his popular TV reality show, “Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood.” Despite contemplating divorce in 2004, the couple weathered the storm and on January 12, 2008, renewed their wedding vows.
As Snoop tells Hughes, “My dream was to be a rapper, first and foremost. That was my dream, and to make it and be successful. Along the way, I fell in love with my wife, and I had to explain to her later on in my career that I was chasin’ my dream, and I was puttin’ my dream before her and not realizin’ what my real dream was – that was to have a family. So, now I learned how to put ‘em in the proper perspective and put my wife and kids first and put my career second, and that’s why I think it’s so productive for me right now – because I got it in the proper prospective.”