Snoop Dogg takes the No.1 spot on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart today, knocking Jonathan McReynolds off the top, with his much talked about gospel album, ‘Bible of Love’.
Former gangsta rapper, turned pimp, turned rasta, turned “appreciator of Jesus”, Snoop Dogg dropped ‘Bible of Love’ – his new venture into gospel music – last week. In its first week it has shot to the top of the Billboard Gospel Charts and had over 300 million streams which sets a new record for the genre.
‘Bible of Love’ is a 32-track double LP curated by Snoop and the features list reads like a who’s who of gospel. Everyone’s on there including gospel icons The Clark Sisters, Rance Allen, Kim Burrell, and Tye Tribbett. R&B powerhouse Faith Evans has a spot on there, as does Fred Hammond, Mali Music and much more.
“I am blessed to have so many legendary friends join me on this journey,” Snoop says. “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. That’s what I was taught, so that’s all I know. Real love.”
The project, which was inspired by Snoop’s late maternal grandmother, Dorothy Tate, who gave him his first introduction to gospel music as a child, promises “something for everybody,” particularly those who feel like they’re not accepted in church.
“We wanted to put together something that felt good,” he said. “It feels like churchgoers have a different perspective of people who don’t go to church every day.”
Bible of Love can be streamed or downloaded now.
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