Why Snoop Dogg Will Forever Be Grateful For His Wife Shante

A successful marriage takes a combination of love, respect, and hard work. But what about a successful celebrity marriage? Only a few celebrity marriages have withstood the test of time — Snoop Dogg and Shante Broadus' relationship being one of them.

Snoop Dogg, born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., has had a legendary music career spanning nearly 30 years. "Doggystyle" Snoop Dogg's 1993 debut album is one of the greatest hip-hop albums ever made according to Elliott Wilson, a writer for GQ magazine. Since then, Snoop has gone on to rise up the ranks of the music industry, consistently evolving his lyrical genius along the way. Most recently, the "Drop It Like Its Hot" rapper earned the prestigious title of executive creative consultant at Def Jam Records. According to Snoop, none of this could be possible without his wife of many years, Shante Broadus. Snoop credits Shante as the reason he's been able to reach such high levels of success, "That's my backbone, that's my heart and my soul, that's the one that I love the most, that I trust the most," Snoop told GQ.

Although the couple has been together for 25 years, their relationship has not been without its rough patches. According to Yahoo, Shante stood by Snoop's side when he got caught up in a murder case during the early -90s, and after he fathered a child out of wedlock. Shante even agreed to re-marry Snoop in 2008, four years after Snoop filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.

'I put her through so much.'

Snoop Dogg and Shante Taylor Broadus met, and fell in love, at Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California, according to The Things. The high school sweethearts were married in the summer of 1997 and have three children, as well as three grandchildren, together. Shante supported Snoop before anyone else knew who he was and she continues to support her husband today.

Shante's fierce loyalty is not lost on Snoop, "I put her through so much ... being with me, holding on with me, all the bullshit I put her through," Snoop told Elliot Wilson of GQ, "She remained rock solid the whole way through, so that's how you repay people ... You cut them into it, and now it's theirs." By "repay people" Snoop of course means electing to make his wife his manager, so anything he earns, she'll earn a percentage of as well.

According to the "Gin & Juice" rapper, he's bringing the whole family into the music industry, "Everybody knows the business, in case something happens to one member of the family. I'm teaching my sons, my daughter, and my wife the business, so when I do decide to use the R-word ... " The R-word, meaning retire. While Snoop Dogg has no plans to retire anytime soon, if there comes a day when he can no longer be as shrewd a businessman as he is today, rest assured, his family is at the ready to carry on his legacy.