To combat the gun violence he once glorified in his “music,” Snoop Dogg wants you to dump your investments in companies that manufacture guns. How's that for irony?
Snoop's career is replete with music that glorifies lowlife thuggery, drug use, the abuse of women, guns, and murder. I apologize in advance for the language that follows, but if we're going to put into context what this hypocrite is proposing, it has to be done.
According to PMSNBC, “Snoop Dogg, one of the country’s most distinguished rappers, is calling on his fans and Hollywood peers to join him in unloading their retirement plans from the gun industry. The rapper wants them to declare “#ImUnloading” to honor Americans who have been affected by gun violence.”
By “distinguished” I assume they mean he's been rapping since 1993 and he's not been killed or died from an overdose yet.
Nigga roll up on the side of him man
Roll your window down
Man hand me my motherfuckin Glock man gimme another clip
Cuz I'm gonna smoke this fool
— Murder Was the Case
According to the gun ban advocacy group Campaign to Unload, which released a video featuring the rapper, more than 51 million people have retirement portfolios that are likely invested in guns.
You're headed my way, nigga you best to hit a U-turn quick
So what's happenin? I'm cappin shit up like a Western flick
The kinpin of the clique, top notch
17 shot Glock cocked, so all nigga drop
The run of the mill fool get broke off for tryin to serve
the best Kurupt's era, peep the terror, cuz it's a murder fest
— For All My Niggaz & Bitches
PMSNBC does begrudgingly point out that “Snoop Dogg, 44, seems an unlikely candidate for an anti-gun video.” Ya think?
So, your campaign's chief spokesman is a hypocrite who made his career glorifying the thing you're trying to prevent. Seems legit.
Josey Wales was known for robbin trains and things
layin everybody down for diamond rings and chains
It remains the same in the year you live in, see
Cos if I pull out some heat, nigga, you'll go kick in
And that's just the rules set by the fool from the ol' school
When it's time to duel, you get two men
Two heaters, one street, one clock
and when it strike twelve one of y'all gon' drop
If you're quick on the draw you're gon' see the morgue
but if you're too slow
— Gold Rush
“How I've been affected by gun violence over the years is through the deaths of friends and family members and associates,” Snoop Dogg says in the video.
“Associates” being a euphemism for lowlifes, criminals, and gang members, I'm guessing.
“I'm unloading for the loved ones I lost.”
It's just me & my Doggz
I keep my heat in my seat, my killers in my backyard
Just in case you niggas wanna fuck and try to act hard
— (Tear ‘Em Off) Me & My Doggz
The video also features Matt Barnes of the Los Angeles Clippers, linebacker Bobby Wagner of the Seattle Seahawks, actress Margot Bingham from “Boardwalk Empire” and Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway.
I sanked a gang of tough fools in my time
so try me you're liable to lose on my line
The 44'll be what cracks ya head
cos that's exactly what I'm bout ta cap you with
— (O.J.) Wake Up
“His songs often glorify violence, drugs and guns, especially among gangs, and he has had several encounters with authorities. During the 1990s, he was arrested for the fatal shooting of a rival gang member. He later was acquitted in 1996 of first- and second-degree murder charges. He also has served probation for firearms possession.”
And yet in 1999 he's still rapping about guns and killing people. Lesson not learned, I guess.
Nigga nigga I'ma rida
Ride with G's
And ship keys over seas by the three's
Keep an eye on my enemies
Snoop and Silkk
In da back of the Lac
With that AK
In da blue tint, with a infer-red
Mother fucker gonna die tonight
— Ain't Nut'in Personal
From CNN Money's article on this story: “Snoop actually came to us,” said Jennifer Fiore, spokeswoman for Campaign to Unload. “We're really glad to have him as part of this. It's helping bring awareness to a lot of people who have no idea of the economic power they have to affect this debate on gun violence.”
Ain't nut'in personal tru
See it's all about respect
Im never got slippin
Keep my heat on the dash
— Ain't Nut'in Personal
According to CNN, Fiore insists that her organization is not anti-gun and she has no problem with individual gun ownership. “This is about the corporate gun lobby, not law-abiding gun owners,” she said.
Yeah, right. If that were the case, why are they attacking investment in companies that produce a legal product that is used by law-enforcement, the military, and law-abiding citizens every day? I call BS on this, Ms. Fiore.
I'm a make these niggas put his name on the wall
And everywhere I go I got Mr. Magic here
Because I know that nigga don't care
He'll have that red shit pourin out your hair
Nigga, any fuckin time nigga, any fuckin where
Make 'em bleed is the motto that I live by
If you fuck with me it's a must you die
— Down 4 My Niggas
To be fair, Snoop's music has mellowed in recent years, but the guy whose career was built rapping about the thug life completely ignores that his music, and the music of other artists like him, influences gang violence. And now he's had a change of heart because his lowlife friends got killed. But he can't face the fact that they are dead as a result of the lifestyle he glorified in his own music. Not the guns.
How exactly is divesting your portfolio of gun stocks going to reduce gun violence? Do you think Snoop Dogg and his thug buddies bought his GLOCKs or AKs or Tec-9s (all of which he rapped about) at gun stores or gun shows?
So, Snoop, if you want to “unload” here's a better idea. How about you start rapping about staying in school. Getting a J-O-B. Cleaning up your communities. Working for a living and achieving rather than hustling and trying to get rich quick. How about you start rapping about respecting women rather than comparing them to Hot Pockets and objectifying them? How about you stop rapping about being high or drunk all the time? High, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
How about we dump the investments in any media company that peddles the kind of filth that made you rich? How about you give back all the money you made selling this vile lifestyle?
Rather than listening to the D-O double Gizzle and #Unloading your investments in gun stocks, unload your investments in companies that promote the lifestyle that made him rich and resulted in the deaths of his friends and “associates.”
Go back and smoke another bowl, Snoop.