It’s now harder than ever to tell Snoop Dogg and Piers Morgan apart. The two bonded recently over their shared love of Bob Marley and gun control, and now the rapper, under his “Snoop Lion” alias, is serving up some smooth reggae beats for his and Musket Morgan’s grave dancing pleasure. Snoop launched his career as a gun-packing member of the West Coast gangster rap scene but is doing his best to leave that image behind.
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) April 2, 2013
Is it enough for Snoop’s new “No Guns Allowed” video to kick off with a clip of President Obama and news footage of the Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., mass shootings? Apparently not, as those images are mixed with artsy black and white footage of kids quite literally playing with guns. We’re going to guess that none of the NRA’s 93,000 instructors was behind the decision to hand children a gun to use as a prop.
Plenty were incredulous when Snoop announced his “reincarnation” and associated name change, and the conversion from gangster to Rastafari gun control advocate isn’t any easier to swallow.
I don’t take Snoop serious with this “no guns allowed” song. How you goin promote violence yo whole career now all of a sudden guns are bad?
— Part of the Diaspora (@ILLuminate_Luat) April 2, 2013
I get the sentiment behind “No Guns Allowed” in Jamaica, Snoop Lionny Lion, but would you really go back to where you’re from without one?
— Justin Lee (@AubOrange) April 2, 2013
Snoop dropped the video for “No Guns Allowed” and has a picture with DPG throwing up Crip… Dude smoked his sense away.
— FLG (@ImFrankG) April 2, 2013
One minute he’s reggaeton spiritualist Snoop Lion next thing I see original West Coast Dogg Pound Gangsta Snoop Dogg videos #confused
— Jack&Max (@JackAndMax) April 2, 2013
Snoop Dog aka @snooplion a sell out how u go from gangsta rap to reggae? You Jamaican now? Doggie Style will always be a classic!!
— PHILLY SPIELBERG (@PhillySpielberg) April 2, 2013
OK, this Snoop Lion superfan is sold on the act.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) March 29, 2013
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Hold up: Ice Cube, another early luminary of the West Coast gangster rap scene, wants on board that bandwagon.
Ice Cube deplores America’s “sick love affair” with guns huff.to/12c1M4I
— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) April 2, 2013