Father Snoop is back with four new singles
Snoop Dogg is back. However, the Doggfather is returning not as “gangsta,” but as preacher. Last week, Snoop released a string of four gospel singles to accompany the announcement of a new album, Bible of Love. The tracks, each featuring a powerhouse vocalist, are the most musically rich and dynamic we’ve ever heard from the founding father of G-funk: Gospel choirs, piano, organ, vocal runs, clapping — the whole nine yards. Most interestingly, Snoop’s rhymes are only featured on one of the four songs, “Blessing Me Again (ft. Rance Allen),” the rest dominated by gospel vocal chops.
Needless to say, Snoop’s newest project reflects the rapper’s biggest career pivot yet. Sure, we’ve seen multiple carnations of the D.O. Double G: From his revolutionary debut album, Doggystyle, to his pop single with Katy Perry, “California Gurls,” Snoop has been all over the map, arguably as much as any rapper could be. Yet, this religiously driven music is something Snoop has never touched, and the move raises some questions: Has he reinvigorated his faith? Does he feel especially blessed after reflecting on the fortunes of his career? Does he simply feel secure enough as an artist to pursue a venture into gospel? With lyrics like “I got a whole lot that I can really thank Him for / When I was moving fast, He had to slow my roll” and “Seems like He testing me again / But on the flip side, it’s like He blessing me again,” all three motivations seem possible.
Either way, the tracks themselves are enjoyable to listen to. Overwhelmingly positive, they are a breath of fresh air during what many consider a time of general strife, which is perhaps the effect Snoop was pursuing. The best part: As gospel as these singles are, they still retain a hint of hip hop, with big bass and 808s, providing a nice cross-genre blend that will get listeners on their feet in the name of the Lord.
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“Blessing Me Again”
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