If all dogs go to heaven, then Snoop Dogg will by no means be an exception. On March 16, Snoop displayed his musical versatility once again with the release of his debut gospel album, titled Bible of Love. The album includes a feature-heavy tracklist, on which Snoop recruited gospel veterans such as Tye Tribbet, Erica Campbell, Marvin Sapp and Charlie Wilson. With a total of 32 tracks, the album marks Snoop’s first double studio LP.
In the second week after its release, Bible of Love reached the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart. On the all-genre Billboard 200, Snoop’s album peaked at #148. A few individual songs charted pretty well too, with the tracks “One More Day”, “You”, “Saved”, “Blessing Me Again”, and peaking at the #17, #20, #24, and #25 spots, respectively.
This isn’t the first time Snoop has switched up lanes in his music: back in 2013, Snoop released a reggae album titled Reincarnated, under the name Snoop Lion. Additionally, Snoop dropped a disco-funk album titled Bush in 2015. Snoop’s long and prolific career has been characterized by much versatility, but that same versatility has left him as a target of critics.
Back when he was filming a documentary centered around his Reincarnated album and his transition to the Rastafari movement, he was criticized by reggae legend Bunny Wailer for allegedly failing to meet commitments to the culture. Snoop has also been affiliated both with the Christian Church as well as the Nation of Islam in the past, which has subjected him to judgement from the public.
In a recently published interview with TV One, Snoop Dogg is asked what he has to say to people who don’t like the idea of a secular artist coming into gospel music. Here’s what he had to say to them:
”The devil is a lie. I thought church was supposed to welcome sinners. If the church was full of saints, it wouldn’t be right. So, if you finding somebody trying to find their way back home, the natural thing to do is to be warm-welcoming and open your arms and say, ‘brother, we accept you for who you are and what you going through. Come as you are. We know you been doing wrong and you want to get right, so we gon’ help you get right. We not gon’ throw stones on you when you trying to get right and walking back into the church house.’ That’s what’s running people away from church right now as we speak.”
You can watch the full interview here:
It would be hard to argue that Snoop is in denial about any immorality in his past, just as it would be hard to say that he isn’t doing his best to stay positive. Aside from his gospel album, Snoop is the proprietor of his own youth football league, partners with city officials to provide Inglewood residents with turkeys every year for Thanksgiving, and has been involved in other charitable activities. Regardless of where you stand on Snoop’s character, he’s definitely done good by the people, and the charts have done good by his music.