In a 2010 interview with National Enquirer, California minister Beverly Broadus-Green predicted her son would be “a rapper for God.” Seven years later, it came true: Snoop Dogg is recording a gospel album, Bible of Love. Not only that, but the Impact Network announced a reality show based on the album’s recording, called True G.
We still know virtually nothing about the album. He has said he’ll be rapping over church choirs. He’s also dropped names of possible collaborators: Faith Evans, Charlie Wilson, Jeffrey Osborne, Fred Hammond, Mary Mary. Not much is known about the show at this time either, but Impact did provide a synopsis:
“See Snoop Dogg on his journey as a husband, father and community caretaker. Go inside the album as he reveals his source of inspiration. Hear Snoop’s personal testimony and stories of God’s grace through his many trials and tribulations.”
This isn’t the artist’s first venture into television – it’s not even his first one involving his family. The reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood ran for two seasons from 2007 to 2009. He hosted MTV’s 2002 sketch comedy show Doggy Fizzle Televizzle and 2009 late-night variety hour Dogg After Dark. Most recently, AOL’s nine-part documentary series Coach Snoop displays his coaching work for the Snoop Youth Football League. He also co-stars with Martha Stewart in a cooking show.
The Book of Snoop
Snoop also has an intriguing history with religion. As a child, he sang tenor and played piano for the Golgotha Trinity Baptist Church, where his mother now serves as a minister. In 2009, he joined the religious group Nation of Islam. Only a few years after, he promoted himself as Rastafarian and released a reggae album under the stage name Snoop Lion. Many in the religion’s community later criticized him for not adhering to its requirements.
As people speculated about his level of faithfulness, Snoop gave a revealing statement regarding his views on religion in general. In a 2013 interview with the Associated Press, Snoop explained that he was “pushed into the Baptist church” as a child, and:
“As an adult, I was able to seek out information on my own to find out that the Muslim religion, Rastafari, Baptist, Christian – that they all the same … It’s more based on life and a way of life and liberty as opposed to religion. Because religion is so false, because it’s so past tense and written by someone who is not here. I feel like religion should be based on the way you live and the way you treat yourself and treat others.”
Now, it seems the adult’s search for information is bringing him back to his roots. Don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at this screencap from his phone, as posted on his Instagram:
That’s him asking his mother, the minister of his childhood church, for final permission to record the gospel album. Of course, she said yes.
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