It’s the end of an era: rap legend Snoop Dogg is stepping away from the pimp chalice and the bong in favor of Islam. Snoop announced his conversion yesterday while attending a Saviors’ Day celebration in Chicago. The hip-hop artist donated $1,000 to the Nation and then announced that he will be converting to the religion with the goal of “advocating peace.”
Rapper Snoop Dogg surprised fans and reporters alike this weekend by revealing he has joined the Nation of Islam. Speaking at the religious group’s Saviours’ Day convention in Chicago, the 37-year-old praised the group’s supreme minister and national representative Louis Farrakhan. It is reported by the Associated Press that he also made a donation to the group of $1,000.
Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, talked about his reasons for joining the religious group in relatively loose terms. “I’m an advocate for peace. I’ve been in the peace movement ever since I’ve been making music,” he told followers. “My whole thing is not about really trying to push my thing on you. It’s just about the way I live, and I live how I’m supposed to live as far as doing what’s right and representing what’s right. That’s why I was here today.”
The Nation of Islam was founded in 1930 with the aim of promoting the conditions of black Americans. The group’s most famous convert is activist Malcolm X.
Snoop Dogg’s career has spanned nearly two decades and has been as controversial as it has been successful. He has been arrested numerous times, mainly for possession of marijuana, and was charged as an accomplice to the murder of Phillip Woldermarian in 1993. The rapper was found not guilty.
He sought to reinvent himself as a family man with the recent reality show Snoop Dogg’s Father Hood, which portrays his domestic side along with his wife and three children. However, he was prevented from entering the UK in 2007 following a previous violent incident at Heathrow airport.
Discussing his religious beliefs at this weekend’s Nation of Islam event, the Doggystyle rapper referred to himself as the “leader of the hip-hop community” and hinted that his affiliation with the group is not new. “It’s about seeing yourself and what you can do to better the situation,” Broadus said. “We’re doing a lot of wrongs among ourselves that need correcting.”
There was a time when you didn’t see Snoop without a blunt in his hand. And let’s not even get started on his “Girls Gone Wild” videos. Looks like Snoop is trying to turn over a new leaf as a family man these days. I do wonder how long his devotion to Islam will last – he doesn’t seem like the kind of guy who responds well to strict rules. And how will the rest of the Nation of Islam feel about having the Doggfather representing their religion?
Here’s Snoop at the “We Rock Hip Hop Monday’s” event at Prive Las Vegas in January. No more nightclubs for him these days! Photo credits: Newscom.