In a move no one saw coming, Snoop Dogg, one of the most celebrated West Coast rappers and perhaps one of the most-known stoners of our time, has decided to give up smoking. The rapper took to X to make the announcement, mentioning that he spoke with his family about it while also asking for privacy regarding his decision. This isn’t the first time that Snoop has given up marijuana, but his statement certainly does seem definitive.
Snoop Dogg Posts He’s Giving Up Smoke
Given the fact that Snoop Dogg specifically said he’s giving up smoke, it’s possible that he’s still enjoying marijuana in the form of edibles. However, given the fact that he asked for privacy on the matter, it’s likely that Snoop is going to keep his reasoning private. Of course, we all hope that it’s just a personal decision and not something health or medical-related.
Snoop Dogg’s Music Career
Snoop Dogg burst onto the West Coast hip-hop scene in 1992 when he featured on Dr. Dre’s single “Deep Cover” and Dre’s debut album, The Chronic. Snoop’s laid-back flow and unique voice instantly stole the show on the album, bolstered by Dre’s G-funk production. Snoop capitalized on this hype by releasing his own debut album, Doggystyle, the following year.
Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle was a massive hit and sold over 800,000 copies, going quadruple-platinum by 1994. Snoop’s persona also became intrinsically tied with marijuana, as he was an avid and active smoker who would frequently bring up the subject in his lyrics. Snoop even converted to Rastafarianism in 2012 after a trip to Jamaica and released a reggae album under the moniker Snoop Lion, though he would eventually convert to Christianity in 2018.
An Upcoming Album
It’s possible that Snoop Dogg’s new decision to drop smoking could come up in his upcoming album, which is titled Missionary, as sort of a spiritual nod to his debut album, Doggystyle. The name of the album isn’t the only spiritual tie to Snoop’s debut album, as he is also having Dr. Dre produce the entire record, making Missionary sort of a sequel to Doggystyle in a sense. It’s truly some genius marketing by Snoop, considering he acquired Death Row Records in 2022, and this album release is part of his plan to revive the label.
Snoop And Death Row Records
The D.O.C., Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, and Dick Griffey founded Death Row Records as an independent record label in 1991, and it quickly became one of the most legendary hip-hop labels at the time. Along with signing Snoop Dogg, the label signed other legends like 2Pac and Nate Dogg. The label quickly began to decline after Tupac’s death and the departure of Dr. Dre and Snoop from the label.
Missionary Releases November 24
Death Row Records changed hands a few times after filing for bankruptcy in 2006, eventually ending up under the ownership of Snoop Dogg. It’s definitely a full-circle moment for Snoop, and it’ll be interesting to see what he does with the label. In the meantime, watch out for Snoop to announce the release of his next album soon.