“I used to answer hate with hate, but now I answer it with love!”
Calvin Broadus Jr., more popular with the stage name Snoop Dogg, caused a great stir in Hollywood, declaring that he leaves gangster life for Christ. The artist has recently released his first gospel album “Bible of Love”. The album incudes the works of other gospel artists, such as Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Pastor John P. Kee and Marvin Sapp.
Snoop Dogg first talked about the new album during one of his interviews with Beats 1 Radio, noting: “I’m working on a gospel album. I need to do it now. It’s always been on my heart. I just never got around to it because I always be doing gangsta business and doing this and doing that. But I just feel like it’s been on my heart too long.
Many of his fans started criticizing the artist for such a religious switch. In 2009, the rapper stated that he had joined the Nation of Islam. Later, in 2012, he became a Rastafarian. And now the artist claims to be a born-again Christian.
This is not the first time of Snoop Dogg talking about Christianity. In 2016, he posted a video of him singing along to the gospel song “I’s Rather Have Jesus”.
His fans were trilled about his decision. “With the platform you have, imagine how many people you will reach with the gospel message of Salvation! Come on now! Give our heavenly Father glory through your rap skills Snoop”, wrote one of the fans.
At the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards in Las Vegas, Snoop Dogg responded to all the critics and those who doubted his conversion. After his performance at the gospel music event, the artist mentioned “The devil is a liar. I thought the church was supposed to welcome sinners. If the church was full of saints it wouldn’t be right.”
The rapper concluded his interview saying: “What about you? Have you checked your status? Are you going to heaven? Why are you judging me? How much have you done for the Lord?”
If you go deeper into his new gospel album, you can find an impressive amount of Christian theology in his lyrics that show is journey through the faith. Religion has changed Snoop’s life completely, from his view on the gangster lifestyle to guns. Snoop even said that religion changed the way he thinks of women. Before, he would have no trouble disrespecting women in his songs.
“I used to answer hate with hate. Like if you hate me, I hate you more. But now I answer hate with love”.