Snoop Dogg Doubts Gays Will Ever Be Accepted in Rap
In a new interview with the UK Guardian, Snoop Dogg dishes on a huge range of subjects: his metamorphosis into Snoop Lion, how many joints he smokes per day, and whether he'd ever consider going into politics. (Also, how to be a pimp and a married man at the same time.)
Reggae? Sure. Gays? Nope.
He even explains his thoughts on homosexuality in rap -- and why he doesn't think it will ever be accepted. Despite this skepticism, though, Snoop seems to understand the struggle for gay rights as basically analogous to the struggle for civil rights. From the story:
"I don't have a problem with gay people. I got some gay homies." He looks round the room and laughs. "Yeah, for real. People who were gay used to get beat up. It was cool to beat up on gay people back then. But in the '90s and 2000s, gay is a way of life. Just regular people with jobs. Now they are accepted, not classified. They just went through the same things we went through as black."
Then why doesn't he think gays have a shot at acceptance in rap? (Even though some, like Le1f, Mykki Blanco, and, to some extent, Frank Ocean, are already making it?)
"Frank Ocean ain't no rapper. He's a singer. It's acceptable in the singing world, but in the rap world I don't know if it will ever be acceptable because rap is so masculine. It's like a football team. You can't be in a locker room full of motherfucking tough-ass dudes, then all of a sudden say, 'Hey, man, I like you.' You know, that's going to be tough."
We'd like to point out that by this point in the interview, Snoop is pretty baked. But then, he's always baked (at least, he says, on "good days"), so this is likely what he really thinks.
Still, if there's room in the genre for a gangsta rapper to start making reggae and claim that he's the reincarnation of Bob Marley, well, rap clearly has room for lots of unexpected developments.