On Friday, Snoop Dogg released the first official music video in support of his upcoming project, Bible of Love, an actual gospel album that is actually happening. The song is called “When My Words Are Few” and features indie-R&B super-producer B.Slade. The song is actually a B.Slade cover from the days when he was known as gospel superstar Tonex.
Many thought it was a joke when the gangster rap legend said he was working on a gospel album last year. They were wrong. Four singles from Bible of Love have been released from the project featuring gospel heavyweights like Rance Allen and Tye Tribbett. Snoop performed parts of the album at this year’s NFL Super Bowl celebration of gospel event. And now, Snoop is on the internet venting his frustrations in an empty sanctuary to the Lord.
Snoop sings in the chorus:
I know God is calling me
I’m not where I’m supposed to be
Sitting here smoking trees
When I should be on my knees
When my words are few
It’s kind of weird—Snoop is singing, and not like swaggy hip-hop auto-singing (ala 2008’s Sensual Seduction), but like vulnerable, unaffected confessional singing. And because he’s Snoop. And because B.Slade seems to have been really intent on distancing himself from gospel music. But the song seems to be both artists’ way of saying: These are my roots. Don’t forget it.
B.Slade sings in the bridge:
I know that I chose to backslide
But now I know the way
I was born and raised in this thing
And that’s something I chose to do
Church all my life
I ain’t stepped outside but now I feel the light calling me
Back to the fold
If you don’t know what to make of this, it’s OK. We don’t either.