Snoop Dogg records gospel dou­ble CD

South Florida Times - - PRAYERFUL LIVING - Snoop Dogg has recorded a gospel al­bum that in­cludes gospel, R&B and other rap artists. By MARK KENNEDY AP En­ter­tain­ment Writer

Snoop Dogg, “Bi­ble of Love'' (RCA In­spi­ra­tion)

Snoop Dogg, one of rap's OGs, has a gospel dou­ble al­bum out. Yes, that's right: The D-O-Dou­ble-G is do­ing G-OD.

A hum­ble, peace-lov­ing, f am­ily-cen­tered Snoop emerges on the 32-track dou­ble al­bum “Bi­ble of Love.'' He quotes from the Book of Isa­iah – “No weapon formed against me shall pros­per''- and has nice things to say about his de­vout grand­mother.

“I'm just a no­body try­ing to tell every­body about some­body who can save any­body,'' he raps in one song. On an­other: “The devil will show up/But we're go­ing to keep on do­ing God's work/Yes, sir/Re­buke the devil.''

Snoop doesn't per­form on ev­ery track, pre­fer­ring to show­case a va­ri­ety of out­stand­ing per­form­ers in the genre, such as The Clark Sis­ters, John P. Kee and Kim Bur­rell.

Thanks to Mr. Dogg, non-gospel folk will now be ex­posed to pow­er­houses like Tye Trib­bett, whose in­fec­tious “You'' makes hearts race, and K-Ci, whose voice flut­ters like a but­ter­fly on “No One Else.''

When Snoop does drop in, his nasally, pre­cise, la­conic flow works in beau­ti­ful coun­ter­point to gospel stars such as Rance Allen (a ter­rif­i­cally funky “Bless­ing Me Again''), and B. Slade, who pops up all over the CDs and teams up with Snoop on the stun­ning, al­bum end­ing “Words Are Few.''

Some big mu­sic names have joined rap's dog­gfa­ther on the pro­ject, in­clud­ing Faith Evans (on the show-stop­ping “Saved''), Char­lie Wil­son (the f oot­stomp­ing `”One More Day'') and Patti LaBelle, with a spir ited “When It's All Over'').

Ris­ing star Oc­to­ber Lon­don, who sang the steamy “Kisses Down Be­low'' and was last seen pool­side with some bikini beau­ties knock­ing back ex­pen­sive liquor on Snoop's video for “Go On,'' is a tad more con­ser­va­tive here with “In the Name of Je­sus.'' Soopafly off ers a view of what a rap-dance-gospel song can sound like on “Praise Him.''

“Bi­ble of Love'' doesn't just show­case ta­lented gospel artists. It also shows off an elas­tic, big-tent ver­sion of the mu­si­cal genre that can in­clude fla­vors of soul, blues and R&B. Adding rap makes per­fect sense.

For that we should all praise the Dogg.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF YOUTUBE

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