If you didn’t think 2019 was strange enough, think again – Snoop Dogg walked away from the BET awards this year with the Dr. Bobby Jones Best Gospel/Inspirational Award this Sunday for his song Blessing Me Again.
If this feels like a big difference from the Gin and Juice Snoop Dog who smokes like a chimney and refuses to apologize for it (We all know that celebrity spas that are secretly inpatient rehab centers will never be on his to-do list), you’re not wrong. But 2019 continues to surprise.
If you haven’t been paying attention to Snoop Dogg lately, you might not realize that in March of 2018 he released Snoop Dogg Presents Bible of Love, his 16th studio album and first gospel album. Yes, Snoop Dogg has a gospel album out. And it’s actually pretty good.
Bible of Love is also his first double studio LP. It features a staggering 32 tracks on it, and numerous artists of varying fame are featured, including Faith Evans, Kum Burrell, and Rance Allen, who collaborated with him on his winning song.
A CD with 32 songs can drone on, but Snoop Dogg was praised by critics for smartly bringing in so many others to work with him. The varied style and musical voices mean that the CD feels fresh and new even towards the end, instead of long and droning.
As a side note, if the BET awards weren’t weird enough this weekend with Snoop Dogg getting a Gospel award, Billy Ray Cyrus performed on stage with Lil Nas singing their incredibly popular Old Town Road.
The performance opened with the two riding horses down the empty BET red carpet and featured a series of backup dancers in daisy dukes and plaid button downs. Yes, that is a thing that was actually on stage.
If you only think Snoop Dogg is a rapper you need to think again. In April of 2013, he released a reggae album under his ‘reggae persona name’, Snoop Lion.
He has a capital investment firm focusing on the cannabis industry (You don’t have to pretend to be surprised) worth over $45 million, recently he has collaborated with Adidas on a new line of cleats, and we have all seen his show with Martha Stewart.
To his credit, Snoop Dogg has taken his fame and money and continued to stay relevant and important while others from his golden era have faded out.
In an interview about the album after its release, Snoop revealed he held the music ‘in his heart’ for a long time but never got around to putting pen to paper, and writing it out. Instead, his focus was on “gangsta business”.
He also went on to say that this is a difficult time for the country, as the US and the world as a whole are experiencing a lot of hate and divide. Now is the time to come together and share the peace and love.
The CD overall had some mixed reviews, but most listeners enjoyed the divergence from his normal style. It ranked fairly high on the Billboard charts for being a gospel album and hit #1 on US Gospel Album charts. Snoop Dogg continues to reinvent himself, and there is no way to know where he will be taking his music next.