Snoop Dogg is set to release his first gospel album, titled Bible of Love, next month. The 32-track collection is meant to both showcase the genre and bring people together.
Snoop also launched a new label, All The Time Entertainment, to provide more opportunities for gospel artists.
"I am blessed to have so many legendary friends join me on this journey," Snoop says. "As the country is in one of its heaviest times and is so divided, I wanted to make an album that spreads love and unity around the world. That's what I was taught, so that's all I know. Real love."
Snoop says his grandmother, Dorothy Tate, introduced him to the genre and inspired him to release the album.
The announcement may shock some, as the rapper is known for his drug habits and sexual references in his music.
In a video posted in 2016, Snoop may have been hinting at an upcoming gospel project as he sang an old hymn.
But in 2017, he stirred massive controversy when he shot an effigy of President Donald Trump in a music video.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson called on the U.S. Department of Justice, FBI and the Secret Service to investigate and arrest Snoop, as well as the directors of the video for the song "Lavender," Jesse Wellens and James DeFina.
The rapper's lyrics also encourage shooting police officers.
"Snoop Dogg and the directors of this disgusting video should be locked up for encouraging the assassination of President Trump. Enough is enough. This video is no laughing matter. The mock assassination of Donald Trump and lyrics encouraging the shooting of police are like pouring gasoline on a fire. There are angry people in this country who hate Donald Trump and want to harm him. We've seen people inspired by radical left-wing groups like Black Lives Matter carry out violence against Trump supporters and kill police officers in Dallas, Texas. Snoop's music reaches millions of angry youth, and he is affiliated with gang members, so, it's possible for this video to incite these people," Peterson said after the incident.
Peterson is the founder and president of BOND, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to "Rebuilding the Family by Rebuilding the Man." He's an author, media commentator, columnist and national radio/TV talk show host.
If a white artist and director depicted a mock assassination of Barack Obama, politicians and "activists"—especially members of the Congressional Black Caucus and Black Lives Matter—would be outraged. But since Donald Trump is a white Republican, these hypocrites are silent. What a shame. This is the wrong message to send to black youth who are suffering not because of "racism," but as a result of being raised by angry single black mothers without fathers.
Snoop Dogg has a history of violence. In 1996, he was acquitted of first-and second-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a gang member; the jury deadlocked on the manslaughter charge. On a song titled "Deep Cover," also known as "187," Snoop raps about murdering undercover police. And throughout his career, Snoop has boasted about his affiliation with the Rollin' 20 Crips.
The Lavender video seems completely contrary to Snoop's new commitment to love. Has the rapper turned over a new leaf? Let us know what you think.
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