Author: Adi B.
Snoop Dogg made an appearance Sunday at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours Day convention, praising Minister Louis Farrakhan.
“When you get a speech from Minister Farrakhan it’s about a mirror, it’s about looking at yourself,” the rapper later told The Associated Press. “It’s about seeing yourself and what you can do to better the situation … We’re doing a lot of wrongs among ourselves that require correcting.”
Snoop had given a $1,000 donation and said he will always seek the minister out. He called himself the “leader of the hip-hop community” and said it had been his first Saviours Day event. He told followers that he would share the information he gathered with other artists.
Snoop said he’s already joined in the movement, when asked by the Associated Press if he was planning to convert and become a member of the Chicago-based Nation of Islam. [smartads]
“I’m already in the Nation, that’s why I’m here,” Snoop said. “I’m an advocate for peace. I’ve been in the peace movement ever since I’ve been making music. My whole thing is not about trying to push my thing on you. It’s just about the way I live, and I live how I’m supposed to live as far as doing what’s right and representing what’s right. That’s why I was here today.”
Snoop did not elaborate when he joined the Nation, although he sat on stage behind Farrakhan during the speech, clapping and nodding. He declined to say how long he’d be in the Chicago area or if he was working on any current projects, although his last album, “Ego Trippin,'” was released last year in March of 08.
Farrakhan has long held relationships with rappers and hip-hop artists of all stature, he’s hosted and spoken at hip-hop conventions, and has been encouraging peace between rappers.
Rapper Doug E. Fresh also attended the convention although not speaking publicly and rapper T.I. appeared via recorded video. He told followers that education is the key to success.