Uncle Snoop sends his blessings
At 46 years old, Snoop Dogg has been able to transcend the rap game in more ways than one. On top of being a star-studded MC, Snoop has starred in films and TV shows, done extensive charity work, developed and coached in his own youth football league, and deeply involved himself in the marijuana industry. In an interview with Snoop, The Breakfast Club discussed how he very well may be the most recognized rapper in the world.
His musical legacy doesn’t stop at just hip-hop. Snoop tried his hand at reggae in 2013 on his album Reincarnated. Two years later, Snoop went funk on the album Bush. Now, Snoop is looking to release a gospel album this year.
The album, titled Bible of Love, will be a 32-track double album featuring artists like Tye Tribbet, the Clark Sisters, and Faith Evans. The first single off the album, “Words Are Few”, was released back in September of 2017, but the music video was recently released on Friday, Feb. 2. Peep the video below.
“Words Are Few”
Snoop originally announced he was making a gospel album on Dr. Dre’s The Pharmacy show in May, 2017. When asked what sparked the idea of doing a gospel album, Snoop responded:
“It’s always been on my heart, man. I mean, I just never got around to it ‘cause I always be doin’ gangsta business, or doing this, or doing that, but I just felt like it’s been on my heart too long. I need to do it, and do it now.”
Amid the growing buzz behind his upcoming album, Snoop Dogg performed at the 19th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration on Feb. 1, a day before his music video released. Each year, the event is held in the city where the Super Bowl is played, this year being Minneapolis. This year, the celebration was hosted by Bethel University. the event included inspirational messages from NFL players, gospel music, and awards. According to the event’s founder Melanie Few, Snoop is the first “secular” artist that has been invited to perform at the event, which Few says she’s excited about.
Snoop’s Various Affiliations
However, Snoop’s invitation to the event was met with some criticism. Snoop’s performance at the event was only announced roughly a week before the event, and the day after it was announced, campus ministries dean Laurel Bunker took to Facebook to decry his invitation. “Bethel is going to hell for allowing this man on stage at Bethel,” she said.
It’s not hard to imagine that certain people may have issues with Snoop’s move into the realm of gospel. After all, his public image is closely tied to thuggin’, pimpin’, and smokin’. Who’s to say that he’s truly dedicated to this seemingly righteous step in his career?
In 2009, Snoop Dogg made it publicly known he had joined the Nation of Islam after he was seen attending the groups’ annual Saviours’ Day in Chicago. Three years later, Snoop started to associate himself with the Rastafarian movement. At the time, he was working on his documentary and album that heavily drew on Rastafarian culture and reggae, and was even symbolically “reincarnated” into Snoop Lion.
Snoop Texts His Mama
Does Snoop’s past involvement in different traditions and practices take away from the integrity of his present work? One could argue either way, but only Snoop himself knows the truth of how he feels. Regardless, it’s doubtful that Snoop got to where he is now by faking it, and almost any fan of hip-hop knows that Snoop has been a positive figure throughout the years. A testament to his authenticity can be seen in the above Instagram post, right?
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