On Friday, legendary rapper Snoop Dogg defied all preconceived notions about the artist as he debuted his first Gospel album, the much anticipated, Bible of Love. As BREATHEcast previously noted, the 32-track double album project has been close to the rapper's heart, inspired by his grandmother, the late Dorothy Tate.
Bible of Love is Dogg's 16th album, and the first release from his new imprint All The Time Entertainment, created to provide more opportunities for Gospel music artists. In fact, the album features a long list of well-known Gospel artists, handpicked by Dogg and executive producer Lonny Bereal to guest on the album, including Charlie Wilson, Rance Allen, Kim Burrell, Isaac Carree, The Clark Sisters, Dazz Dillinger, Faith Evans, K-Ci, John P. Kee, Patt LaBelle, Mali Music, Jazze Pha, Marvin Sapp, B. Slade, and Tye Tribbett.
While Gospel music may be a first for Dogg, the rapper is well known for not being afraid to try new things, often with great success. In addition, Dogg says now is the right time, explaining, "As the country is in one of its heaviest times and is so divided, I wanted to make an album that spreads love and unity around the world."
Bible of Love is already receiving glowing reviews from outlets such as USA Today and New York Daily News, and speaking to The Grio, the rapper said people should not be surprised at his change of direction, pointing to all the ways he has tried to help the community over the years.
Responding to criticism that his new project does not come from the right place, he told The Grio, "I really didn't care about the criticism because I'm doing this for spiritual reasons. This is not a money-making project, it's a spirit-making project so my spirit is in the right place."
As a heads-up to people still trying to come to grips with the rapper's new musical direction, Dogg says he will follow up Bible of Love with more music through All The Time Entertainment. He is also working on a Bible of Love stage production.
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Bible of Love Track Listing:
1. Thank You Lord (Intro) - Performed by Chris Bolton
2. Love For God - Performed by Uncle Chucc & The Zion Messengers featuring K-Ci
3. Always Got Something to Say - Performed by Snoop Dogg
4. Defeated - Performed by John P. Kee
5. In the Name of Jesus - Performed by October London
6. Going Home - Performed by Uncle Chucc & The Zion Messengers
7. Saved - Performed by Faith Evans and 3rd Generation (Bereal Family)
8. Sunshine Feel Good - Performed by Snoop Dogg and Kim Burrell
9. Sunrise - Performed by Snoop Dogg and Sly
10. Pure Gold - Performed by The Clark Sisters
11. Pain - Performed by B.Slade
12. New Wave - Performed by Mali Music
13. On Time - Performed by B.Slade
14. You - Performed by Tye Tribbett
15. One More Day - Performed by Charlie Wilson
1. Bible Of Love (Interlude) - Performed by Lonny Bereal Jr.
2. Come As You Are - Performed by Marvin Sapp and Mary Mary
3. Talk To God - Performed by Mali Music and Kim Burrell
4. Changed - Performed by Isaac Carree featuring Jazze Pha
5. Praise Him - Performed by Soopafly
6. Blessing Me Again - Performed by Rance Allen featuring Snoop Dogg
7. Blessed and Highly Favored [Remix] - Performed by The Clark Sisters
8. Unbelievable - Performed by EV3
9. No One Else - Performed by K-Ci
10. Chizzle - Performed by Sly featuring Daz Dillinger
11. My God - Performed by James Wright featuring Snoop Dogg
12. When It's All Over - Performed by Patti Labelle
13. Crown - Performed by Tyrell Urquhart, Jazze Pha and Isaac Carree
14. Call Him - Performed by Fred Hammond [featuring Snoop Dogg]
15. Change The World - Performed by Snoop Dogg and John P. Kee
16. Voices of Praise - Performed by Snoop Dogg
17. Words Are Few - Performed by Snoop Dogg featuring B.Slade