Published Mar 12, 2018Living in a world where the good of humanity is consistently being challenged, many people have felt a need to either find guidance in a higher spirit, or simply cleanse away the daily woes. For Snoop Dogg, a veteran in the rap game and a man who's lived several lives, seeking God seems to have been his answer.
Serving as his 16th studio album, Bible Of Love has twice as many tracks and 30 featured artists. Rounding up gospel artists (The Clark Sisters, Mary Mary, Marvin Sapp, 3rd Generation), R&B singers (K-Ci, Faith Evans, Mali Music) and the occasional rapper (Jazze Pha, Daz Dillinger), the album focuses on pairing heavily Christian-based vocals with various personal sermons… and the very rare Snoop Dogg verse.
For most of the album, Snoop takes a backseat and lets his curse-free curation shine, but in the moments where he take the mic, he speaks to change, accountability, unity, and worship, and even takes a moment to evoke clergy duties on "Voices of Praise."
Similarly, "Change The World," which features Pastor John P. Kee, applies an updated "If I Ruled The World" mentality, while Snoop speaks about being blessed and highly favoured on traditional black church choir single, "Blessing Me Again."
However, at times, it's difficult to distinguish whether Uncle Snoop really invested in this album, or whether or not he ran through a rolodex of names and simply asked them to contribute. While it's difficult to find flaws in the actual vocals of featured artists, or even the positively charged messaging throughout the album, Bible Of Love does lack a sense of direction. In one moment, Jazze Pha is speaking about haters over a trap-infused beat and in the next moment, Patti LaBelle is re-imagining Thomas Whitfield's "I Shall Wear A Crown." While his intentions may have been pure, Snoop's attention to the assembling of this album needed a little more love. (RCA Inspiration)