Snoop Lion Testifies 'No Guns Allowed' on New Tune
The declaration is inspired by recent events
Remember when Snoop Dogg was accused of murder? Or when he was found in possession of a firearm in both 1993 and 2007? Well, he'd like you to forget about all that. As the reincarnated Snoop Lion, new-found member of the Rastafarian movement, the longtime rapper has publicly condemned gun violence on his new single "No Guns Allowed."
Kicking off with the low-pitched plucking of an upright bass, followed by some syncopated calypso strikes, Snoop Lion sings monotonically in his best artificial accent, denouncing those who let money make their world go 'round. A family affair, the reggae track features his wife Shante on background vocals and his daughter Cori B., who can be heard on the chorus sweetly singing the titular plea, but Rihanna wouldn't have sounded out of place here either (especially since she just delivered the similarly-titled and -sounding "No Love Allowed" on "Unapologetic").
Produced by Major Lazer (along with Ariel Rechtshaid and Dre Skull), the slow-moving song is a noted detour from the digitally-driven sounds that once incited daggering at dance parties. This time around, they're hosting a more feel-good fete as the daddy-daughter duo sing: "We're gonna have a free-for-all / no fights / I wanna get lost in the crowd / in hear tonight / I need to hear my thoughts / turn the music up loud."
Drake makes a short but significant cameo, dedicating his verse to two real-life partygoers who lost their lives in his hometown of Toronto last summer when gunfire broke out at a barbecue. "Bullets do not choose the victim / It is the shooter that picks 'em," he spits from his soapbox.
The song may feel a bit like a pseudo sermon, especially when coming from a guy who once gained fans and fame for sipping "Gin & Juice," but considering the U.S.' perpetual plague of gun violence, you can't knock Snoop Lion for trying to rally those same followers to now partake in a different potable, one of peace. He told Piers Morgan, "I kept hearing about all these school shootings and these people getting guns in their hands and not knowing what to do with them and just going on a rampage, so it really touched me and affected me to where I wanted to say something.” Props.
Snoop Lion's forthcoming album "Reincarnated" is due April 23.
P.s. Snoop don't let em hate I like it, Go on big dog, let em hear ya Roar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
People like him are hypocrites. They demoralised a whole generation with their gangland and gun lyrics and as soon as age creeps up on them they become mentors on morals and then infiltrate the church with their rap music continue making money. You do wrongs when u are young then seek salvation when u are old.
The real question is " did he really mature and change or did he just get slicker at covering his tracks?".
personally I have heard of no proof either way!!!!!
****s like this don't change, they just figure out
how to make money on peoples misery.....................
i like it, too bad the haters dont get it some people elevate some stay the same
I find it funny (and frightening) people are taking the stance "remember the song you made circa 1993, 20 years ago. Well you should be that same person." Yea I know you were 21 and now at 41 you have a different outlook. HOW DARE YOU." Is anybody here 21? Are you going to be the same person at 41? We like to tell kids, you can't live like that forever, but Calvin Broadus you be the same guy. He is a grown man, probably has regrets, and a different point of view at this time on certain things. Holy crap people, an anti-violence song and you dislike it and hate the guy. Who here hates drug abusing George W. Bush? If he were to do a PSA about anti-drug use are you going to call him a dirty, drug abusing leech. People have a real problem with themselves and need to se a therapist if you expected a earlier 20 year old to be the same in their 40's.
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