By Sasha Huff and Nadia Noir
Snoop Dogg is most commonly known as a West Coast rapper from the city of Long Beach. We’ve heard him rap about “Gin & Juice,” being “Young, Wild & Free” with Wiz Khalifa, and he’s even collaborated with “California Girl,” Katy Perry.
While he’s absolutely a hip-hop genius, we’ve also noticed some of the ways that Snoop Dogg promotes messages of positivity, acceptance, and living a life that makes you happy.
Some people may not see it right away, so we wanted to share with you five ways Snoop Dogg can teach us all to be our best selves.
1) Because Snoop Dogg doesn’t care what people think about him. He does him and that’s all that matters. Recently, Snoop Dogg posted an amazing picture of his graphic black-and-white French manicure on Instagram. While girls can post seven million pictures of nail art, Snoop Dogg was ridiculed in worse words for being “effeminate.” He assured us that he was just “pimpin'” and that his manicure was his “smooth style.” That’s what we call a style icon.
2) When Frank Ocean came out as being gay, Snoop Dogg was one of the first in the hip-hop community to show his support. He said “People are learning how to live and get along more, and accept people for who they are and not bash them or hurt them because they’re different.” “When I was growing up, you could never do that and announce that,” Snoop said in an interview. “There would be so much scrutiny and hate and negativity, and no one would step (forward) to support you because that’s what we were brainwashed and trained to know.
3) He gives back to his community. In 2005, Snoop created the Snoop Youth Football League which, according to the website, was founded to “provide the opportunity for inner-city children to participate in youth football and cheer. The SYFL serves children between the ages of five and thirteen, teaching them the values of teamwork, good sportsmanship, discipline, and self-respect, while also stressing the importance of academics.” He’s also been a football coach at his son’s school for quite awhile.
4) His recent lyrics talk about being reinvented, re-prioritizing what’s important, and living a different life than he has rapped about before. If you listen to the song “Gangsta’s Don’t Live That Long” off his latest mix tape That’s My Work Vol. 3 you will understand what we mean.
5) Snoop Dogg is a family man. Not only does he make those around him feel welcome by calling them “nephew” and “cousin,” but he plays a huge part in his own family. On Instagram, he posts pictures of him and his wife of many years going on super-sweet dates. He also talks a lot about how awesome his kids are. “Fatherhood is more than a job, it’s more than a responsibility. It’s a lifestyle. You gotta be prepared to live it,” said Snoop in an Esquire interview. “Spank [his oldest son] was really my first love — not that I didn’t love my wife, but when he was born, it was like my first love was him. I never knew about those kinda feelings and s**t before.”
And just for fun, here are some random quotes from Snoop that we love.
“When I’m not longer rapping, I want to open up an ice cream parlor and call myself Scoop Dogg.”
“If it’s flipping hamburgers at McDonald’s, be the best hamburger flipper in the world. Whatever it is you do you have to master your craft.”
“Women are in a position now to voice their opinion… women are getting empowered. The more power they get, the more voice they get to shift certain things around. Now I have a daughter, I understand. When I didn’t have a daughter, I didn’t understand.”
“My liberty is about living. It’s about spreading more love. Even though I was always a peaceful, loving individual, my music sometimes didn’t reflect that. But now it’s different. My music is reflecting the way I feel.”