Infamous rapper Snoop Dogg is known for a lot of things, gospel albums definitely are not among them.
But that’s exactly what he previewed at Minnesota Christian college Bethel University. It might seem like an odd match for a man who has been arrested several times for possession of drugs and firearms and has a history of offensive song lyrics.
But with Snoop having a new Gospel album called Snoop Dogg Presents the Bible of Love set for release next month, it perhaps makes a little more sense that he would put on a show at Bethel. The 46-year-old performed songs from his new record at Bethel’s “Super Bowl Celebration” on Feb. 1, alongside other artists such as Sheila E., Sounds of Blackness, Tye Tribbett, The Clark Sisters and Faith Evans.
Actual text from my cousin who lives in Minneapolis: “My nomination for strangest Super Bowl week moment: Snoop Dogg previewing his gospel album on stage at Bethel University.”
— Aaron Morrow (@AaronMorrow78) February 6, 2018
Not everyone was happy about the appearance. “Bethel is going to hell for allowing this man on stage at Bethel,” one student commented, according to the student paper Bethel Clarion.
When Snoop Dogg performs at Bethel University 🤔 #SuperBowlExperience
— Brenda Martinson (@beekaym13) February 3, 2018
The dean of ministries at Bethel, Laurel Bunker, was quick to clear up a crucial detail regarding scheduling. “Bethel is the host site, not the sponsor of the event,” Bunker stated in a Facebook post. “The NFL is paying to use the space. The lineup was determined just last week – we had no say in who was performing.”
Bible of Love celebration in MN during SB weekend wit @faithevans @TyeTribbett @RealRanceAllen n The Clark Sisters 🙏🏿 #SuperBowlGospel https://t.co/jORwRMCliB for more info ! pic.twitter.com/aCFXyZGTwb
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) January 24, 2018
“The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration’s overall mission—to celebrate where faith and football meet—aligns with Bethel’s mission,” Bethel said in an announcement. “However, Bethel does not get involved in the specific content of any events staged by rental groups, including this one.”
Here’s another example song:
What do you think? Is the rapper seeking God? Or is this about something else?