When I first learned that the once gangsta rapper was putting out a gospel CD I was one of those people who laughed and ask if this was really real. Someone pinch me please! I honestly didn’t know if I could take the songs on his CD seriously. I mean we were talking about the Snoop D O double G here! The Gin and Juice guy, the Drop it like it’s hot guy, the Lodi Dodi we like to party guy.
Once the album had released I started hearing people talking about the CD. Giving good and bad reviews, especially on social media. I figured I had to download it to my phone to at least see what all the buzz was about. So that’s what I did.
To my surprise, there were 32 gospel songs on this Bible of Love LP. Also to my surprise I was starting to enjoy listening to each track. I knew I was falling in love with this compilation when I could let the songs play without skipping. There was a message to be heard and Brother Snoop was putting the message out there. Brother Snoop was willing to go places that many others are not. Especially not a gangsta rapper. In one particular song, he states that he grew up in church, that his grandmother had introduced him to gospel music. So of course his gospel roots are there. As Sam Smith says, we all pray in the end, and I’ve found this to be true.
I’ve also found myself listening to these songs at work, in the mornings, and in the evenings around my house. I had missed good gospel music. With 32 songs there is literally something for everyone; the young, the old, the new school, those who only wear skirts and dresses, those on the usher board, those who love traditional gospel music, and tend to wear their Sunday Best every week. In a previous blog titled, Take me back, Dear Lord I state the importance of gospel music. Therefore, I was certainly able to connect with it.
Brother Snoop reached out to the greats of gospel for this CD. You’ll hear Fred Hammond, The Clarke Sisters, Rance Allen, John P. Kee, and many more. Can we call Snoop Dogg the DJ Khalid of Gospel music? Basically, what he has done is he’s produced these records and have a number of different gospel artist singing their songs or being featured on Snoop Dogg presents The Bible of Love album in all of their glory and anointing. Sure, you’ll hear Snoop in several songs but for the most part it’s good old fashion gospel signing.
In 1993, Snoop rapped about a true story of Murder was the case that they gave him while in 2018 he raps about how God has given him a second chance. And while doing so, his gospel CD has now debuted as number one! Perhaps this is how it’s suppose to work? Sharing your story about how God has made you new and how he’s been there for you all along even when you wasn’t worthy of His Grace and Mercy.
I don’t know the next steps Brother Snoop will take. Or how drastic his life has changed. I can’t be the judge of that. Perhaps, he’s still on the potter’s wheel? All I know is he was bold enough to bring God to the forefront to millions of people; people who may not have ever had anyone tell them of the goodness of Jesus! Just imagine how big his fan base is.
I’m definitely a fan of this particular LP. What about you? Are you feeling Snoop Dogg’s gospel cd? Who else uses their platform to reach the people? I’ll wait!