Snoop Dogg Has Made Reggae, Funk & Retro R&B. Now He’s Going Gospel (Video)
Snoop Dogg is a musical chameleon. Twenty-five years ago, millions of Hip-Hop Heads gravitated to the laid-back delivery and aggressive content in the Gangsta Rap style that they heard on Dr. Dre’s The Chronic and Snoopy’s solo debut, Doggystyle. In the periods since, Snoop has worked with a litany of musical peers (Katy Perry, Willie Nelson, Tom Morello, Morris Day), seemingly in all genres.
Moreover, Tha Doggfather has maintained his Gangsta Rap catalog on key albums such as No Limit Top Dogg, Blue Carpet Treatment, and worked with Tha Eastsidaz and Tha Dogg Pound. However, in the last decade, Snoop also started taking bigger leaps with his own catalog.
In 2008, the MC veered towards an ’80s R&B-tinged sound with Ego Trippin’. In 2013, the artist went into pacifist Reggae with Reincarnated (as Snoop Lion). At the close of that year, Snoop teamed with DaM-Funk as 7 Days Of Funk, with an eponymous project true to the name.
On March 16, Snoop Dogg will now begin a Gospel Rap chapter. Bible Of Love will release next month. Today, Snoop literally takes Heads to church for the visual to the opening single “Words Are Few,” featuring some singing from B. Slade worthy of praise. The song opens with Snoop’s own singing delivery. The lyrics reference God and expound on Calvin Broadus’ desire to improve his soul. He raps about all the time he’s spent getting high when he believes prayer was a better way. According to Hip Hop-N-More, this project will feature 32 songs, and collabs with Gospel artists including The Clark Sisters and Rance Allen, as well as Faith Evans.
Previously, KRS-One made a similar move in 2002’s Spiritual Minded.