Rapper Snoop Dogg — real name Calvin Broadus Jr. — executed a stunning performance at the BET Awards on Sunday by tossing on a choir robe and singing one of his latest songs about Christianity and baptism.
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The 46-year-old Snoop Dogg performed several of his older hit songs before launching into a gospel production — completed by turning the stage into a stained-glass church replica — and segueing into a new track, "Sunrise."
Snoop rapped, "I guess you could say I'm a brand new man. See, rap guys usually don't get baptized but how could you cleanse your sins without it? Make you wanna think about it, the right reverend the reverend right, recite light you see today is the day to get your life right."
Another portion of the song raps, "Voices from vices got me standing me here singing praises to Your name for saving me from my yesterday, second chances come with every sunrise."
He performed the song along with pastor and gospel singer, Tye Tribbett.
The song comes from Snoop's 2018 album, "Bible of Love," a decidedly gospel-sounding album that sat at the top of the Gospel Billboard Charts in March.
“The record is called The Bible of Love; it’s to erase the hate, to end the misunderstanding, the judgment,” Snoop said about the album.
“You know, 'cause the church is so full of judgment, that’s what runs people away from church because they always prejudge before they get there. Don’t judge me for what I did on Saturday if I show up on Sunday. It ain’t our job to catch judgment, it’s our job to come and try to bring as many souls as we can bring to the table," he explained. "And us being out in the field, we have access to more souls that need to be saved than the church. So, they should be congratulating us and thanking us for bringing more eyes and ears and more awareness to the church."
Snoop also said the decision to release the album was not a money-grab, and instead, a return to his roots.
“This is not a money-driven project. This is a spirit-driven project,” he said. “It was always in me. The moment that I came into the music industry, I’ve always had gospel music influences, I always referred to my savior Jesus Christ on most of the records that I spoke on.”
In 2009, Snoop announced that he joined the Nation of Islam. The move apparently didn't last too long, because in 2012, he revealed that he'd become Rastafarian instead, and changed his name to "Snoop Lion," which did not stick.
In 2017, Snoop released a video for his single, "Lavender," which featured the rapper fake-shooting a likeness of President Donald Trump. The video even caught the attention of the Secret Service at the time.