When West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg announced back in January that he was cooking up a gospel album, Bible of Love, fans went scratching away at their hip-hop heads. The idea of him meshing his gangsta rap faculty with the church’s holy sound was understandably far-fetched to some degree. That’s until Uncle Snoop graced the No. 1 seat on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart for six weeks straight upon the album’s March 16 release. Featuring the genre’s most treasured voices, Snoop rounded up legendary talents including Fred Hammond, Patti LaBelle, Tye Tribbett, Charlie Wilson and more for one of hip-hop and gospel’s most gloriously avant-garde efforts.

It all comes full circle with Snoop’s latest move toward the faith: From Gangster To Gospel To Redemption, a fresh three-part YouTube series with the Reigning King of Urban Gospel, Kirk Franklin.

In Episode 1 of the new hip-hop-gospel collaborative venture, Kirk and Snoop talk all things spirituality, faith and its grace on unholier moments from their respective pasts. He recalled the first time he ever met Snoop Doggy Dogg backstage at BET’s Soul Train Awards. As they delve into the conversation, Snoop dropped a gem on Kirk about gangsta rap’s birth from gospel music.

“95 percent of the gangster rappers were born and raised in a church, and the first style of music that they heard or were introduced to was church music—was gospel music,” he informed. “That’s their upbringing. That’s why you notice when every gangsta rapper wins an award, what’s the first thing they say?” The Long Beach-native added that Baptist churches came a dime a dozen on the West Coast, and it taught most gangsta rappers the majority of the skills they’d hang onto in their professional rap careers, like reading, acting, and performing. Ironically, Kirk shared that, despite growing up in the church, his influence was born from hip-hop. He named Digable Planets, Eric B. & Rakim, Big Daddy Kane and Geto Boys as some of his favorites. In a hilarious moment from their conversation, he even remembered copping Snoop’s Doggystyle album of 1993 with the bawdy cover artwork.

As the conversation continues to unfold, Snoop dug back to some of his earliest and most memorable moments in the church as well, such as catching the Holy Ghost for the first time. In that moment, he expressed to Kirk, he knew God was convicting him to do more right than wrong, and to take Him, along with his faith, to every destination he’d encounter in life—right, wrong, or indifferent. “So when I did decide to make wrong decisions, and join a gang, and sell drugs, I had God right there with me,” he said.

Kirk also rewound back to a momentous encounter when he realized Snoop’s faith. The year was 1998, and Snoop nudged him about collaborating on some music together, a request that left Kirk shooketh. “I was scared to death,” he recalled. “Because, I know on the West Coast, y’all were coming out of that whole Death Row movement, and it was still fresh, it was still new. And it scared me to death because it was so real.” But even back then, Kirk praised, he could feel Snoop’s humility and passion.

It was the same humility and passion that led Snoop out of a sticky situation with his gang, which he shared with the “Brighter Day” gospel artist. He recalled a request from the men to do act against his better judgement. “They wanted me to do something violent to somebody,” he said. “And I just couldn’t do it.” The usual protocol for declining a demand was disciplinary action. But in a twist Snoop himself didn’t expect, they allowed him to walk scot free and take on his music career. “Because it’s like, they must have seen what I seen, and I really wasn’t cut out for that.” On the contrary, Kirk believes that their reason for releasing him so peacefully was due to another plan. “Or, they could have seen God’s hand on your life even then,” he responded.

Elsewhere in the interview, the men discuss the power of prayer, Kirk’s humble beginnings as a parentless child adopted by a 64-year-old woman with a 4th grade education, and his struggle with women and promiscuity. Wrapping up part one, Snoop even through down some holy bars over Kirk’s hilarious “cafeteria beat” for praiseworthy gospel freestyle.

See the first installation of From Gangster To Gospel To Redemption below and stay tuned for Episode 2 on BET.com.

[ORIGINAL STORY] by BET

Snoop Dogg is set to co-star in an upcoming semi-autobiographical musical titled Redemption of a Dogg, which features music from the rapper’s recent gospel-inspired LP Bible of Life.

The musical, which was penned by Je’Caryous Johnson and co-stars singer Tamar Braxton, will open this October in Houston before producers bring Redemption of a Dogg on the road.

“I’m excited to link up with my guy Je’Caryous Johnson on Redemption of a Dogg the stage play,” Snoop Dogg said in a statement.

“Please believe you’ve never seen urban theatre like this! With my flavor and his expertise, we’re gonna bring the people an unmissable show. I can’t wait for everyone out there to see it!”

The musical “chronicles a character built around the persona of Snoop Dogg – a multi-faceted character who is a gangsta rapper, family man and man of God. Redemption of a Dogg examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family. Redemption of a Dogg is set against a backdrop of Snoop Dogg’s greatest hits, as well as, songs from his recently released chart-topping Gospel album, Bible of Love.”

Check out the musical’s site for ticket information.

Redemption of a Dogg Tour Dates

October 5-7 – Houston, TX @ Hobby Center (five shows)
October 11 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
October 12 & 13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theater
October 14 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre (two shows)
October 19 – St. Louis, MO @ Stifel Theatre
October 20 – Chicago, IL @ Arie Crown Theater (two shows)
October 25-27 – Detroit, MI @ Music Hall Center (four shows)
November 8 – Norfolk, VA @ Chrysler Hall
November 9-11 – Washington, DC @ The Warner Theatre (five shows)

 

[ORIGINAL STORY] Rolling Stone by  Daniel Kreps Aug.10, 2018

Snoop Dogg and Tamar Braxton seem like an odd pairing but if Martha Stewart can get a pass, anyone can!

The rap legend, 46, and the R&B songbird, 41, are teaming up for a new play called “Redemption of a Dogg.”

The play, set against Snoop’s own music catalog, takes a close look at the struggle one man faces when he’s forced to choose between fame and fortune or faith and family.

Snoop also did a similar set during the 2018 Essence Festival, where he performed his legendary hits rapping about drugs and sex and ended the set with a ‘redemption’ of sorts from songs from his gospel album. I have to say it was quite entertaining and inspirational so I can totally see this working.

Nevertheless, Snoop and Braxton plan to take it across the country making various stops in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Memphis, Detroit and Norfolk, Virginia.

The first show kicks off in Houston, beginning October 5 and running through the 7th.

[ORIGINAL STORY] StraightFromTheA by ATLIEN Aug. 10, 2018

 

Snoop Dogg is hitting the stage – the theater stage that is. The rapper is reportedly developing a live play entitled “Redemption of Dogg.” He will reportedly co-star in the play alongside Tamar Braxton.

Snoop announced the news on social media on Thursday (Aug. 9). “I partnered up wit my guy @jecaryous to bring you REDEMPTION OF A DOGG, the live play,” the veteran rapper wrote. “We goin on tour joined by the wonderful @tamarbraxton. We hittin a city near you this fall ! Tickets on sale tomorrow dont miss out !”

The play is reportedly being written, directed and produced by playwright Je’Caryous Johnson. It centers around a character that appears to be based on Snoop. The play reportedly follows “the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family,” according to an official press release.

Snoop’s latest gospel album, Bible of Love will reportedly serve as the upcoming play’ soundtrack. Redemption of Dogg will reportedly debut at the Hobby Center in Houston, Texas on Oct. 5. It will make several stops nationwide, closing the curtains on its final show in Washington D.C. on Nov. 11.

 

[ORIGINAL STORY] VIBE by Jessica McKinney August 9, 2018 

Snoop Dogg will mark the 25th anniversary of his debut album, Doggystyle, in a way that’s oddly perfectly befitting his increasingly unpredictable latter-day career. The California rapper has announced plans for a tour of what’s being called his theatrical debut, a stage play based on his persona and music entitled Redemption of a Dogg.

The musical production was written, directed, and produced by award-winning playwright Je’Caryous Johnson and co-stars R&B singer/reality TV star Tamar Braxton. According to a press release, the “urban theatre” experience tells the story of “a multi-faceted character who is a gangsta rapper, family man and man of God. Redemption of a Doggexamines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family.”

All this is set to the backdrop of Snoop’s classic hits, as well as material from his recent gospel album, Bible of Love.(Hey, did you know Snoop Dogg put out a gospel album this year? ‘Cause he did.)

“I’m excited to link up with my guy Je’Caryous Johnson on Redemption of a Dogg the stage play,” Snoop said in the release. “Please believe you’ve never seen urban theatre like this! With my flavor and his expertise, we’re gonna bring the people an unmissable show. I can’t wait for everyone out there to see it!”

After a three-night run opening at Houston, Texas’ Hobby Center, Snoop will take Redemption of a Dogg on the road to Philadelphia, Brooklyn, St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, and elsewhere. Find the complete itinerary below, right after you watch the very late-night-TV-style ad for the production. Tickets go on sale tomorrow, August 10th.

[ORIGINAL STORY] Consequence of Sound Ben Kaye Aug. 9, 2018

Snoop Dogg is the star of a new stage play about the rapper’s life and storied career called Redemption of a Dogg, as Consequence of Sound reports. The show, written, produced, and directed by Je’Caryous Johnson, will tour the United States throughout October and November, and will also star R&B singer Tamar Braxton. Watch a commercial for Redemption of a Dogg above.

Here’s the plot of the show, from a press release: “Redemption of a Dogg examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his life-long legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family.” The show wil reportedly feature music from across Snoop’s legendary catalogue, including his most recent album, a gospel project called Bible of Love.

Check out tour dates for Redemption of a Dogg below.

Redemption of a Dogg tour dates
10/5 – Houston, TX – Hobby Center
10/6 – Houston, TX – Hobby Center
10/7 – Houston, TX – Hobby Center
10/11 – Newark, NJ – NJPAC
10/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
10/13 – Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theater
10/14 – Brooklyn, NY – Kings Theatre
10/19 – St. Louis, MO – Stifel Theatre
10/20 – Chicago, IL – Arie Crown
10/21 – Chicago, IL – Arie Crown
10/25 – Detroit, MI – Music Hall
10/26 – Detroit, MI – Music Hall
10/27 – Detroit, MI – Music Hall
10/28 – Cleveland, OH – KeyBank State Theatre-Playhouse Square
11/2 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
11/8 – Norfolk, VA – Chrysler Hall
11/9 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
11/10 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
11/11 – Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
11/16 – Los Angeles, CA – Microsoft Theater
11/17 – Long Beach, CA – Terrace Theater
11/18 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre

 

[ORIGINAL STORY] The Fader by Jordan Darville Aug. 10, 2018

Just In Case You Wanted Another Rap Musical

Uncle Snoop is expanding his territory and this time he’s putting his paw print on musical theater!

Hot off his gospel album release Bible of Love, Snoop Dogg will star in a new musical called Redemption Of A Dogg.

According to Playbill, Je’Caryous Johnson — the man behind such cultured classics as 3 Ways To Get A Husband and Set It Off Live On Stage — will bring the play to life. It will be inspired by Snoop’s journey from rapper to family man. The lead character will have to choose between the fame and fortune, or the love of his life and maintaining a family. Music for the play will be pulled right from Snoop’s catalogue, including his holy ghost-filled gospel album.

“Please believe you’ve never seen urban theatre like this,” Snoop said. “With my flavor and his [Je’Caryous’] expertise, we’re gonna bring the people an unmissable show. I can’t wait for everyone out there to see it!”

The one and only Tamar Braxton will also star in the play, surely giving us some vocals along with the doggystyle rapping.

The show will first play at the Hobby Center in Houston, Texas October 5-7 before heading on a U.S. tour. You can check out other dates and tickets here.

[ORIGINAL STORY] Bossip by Bossip Staff Aug. 09, 2018

Snoop Dogg and Tamar Braxton are hitting the stage together.

The rap legend, 46, and the R&B songbird, 41, are teaming up for a new play called “Redemption of a Dogg.”

“So me and uncle @SnoopDogg is going on tour singing, acting, rapping and being who are,” Braxton beamed on Instagram.

Dogg also promoted the play, in production with Je’Caryous Johnson, on his social media accounts.

The play, set against Snoop’s own music catalog, takes a close look at the struggle one man faces when he’s forced to choose between fame and fortune or faith and family.

Dogg and Braxton plan to take it across the country making various stops in Brooklyn, Atlanta, Memphis, Detroit and Norfolk, Virginia.

The first show kicks off in Houston, beginning October 5 and running through the 7th.

The news is a welcomed headline for Braxton, who in the last several months has been negatively spotlighted. Not only was she was publicly “ridiculed” by a Delta Airlines pilot, she’s also going through a divorce with Vincent Herbert.

[ORIGINAL STORY] PageSix by Derrick Bryson Taylor August 9, 2018

The show, which will feature Snoop Dogg’s music, will debut in Houston before heading on tour across the U.S.

Actor, singer, and record producer Snoop Dogg is set to make his theatrical stage debut in a new musical by Je’Caryous Johnson titled Redemption Of A Dogg. Singer Tamar Braxton will co-star in the show, which is inspired by Snoop Dogg and will feature some of his greatest hits.

Redemption Of A Dogg, which is written, directed, and produced by Johnson, chronicles the life of a rapper who is faced with choosing between fame and fortune over family and the love of his life. The musical will feature music by Snoop Dogg, including songs from his recent Gospel album, Bible of Love.

“I’m excited to link up with my guy Je’Caryous Johnson on Redemption Of A Dogg the stage play,” said Snoop. “Please believe you’ve never seen urban theatre like this! With my flavor and his expertise, we’re gonna bring the people an unmissable show. I can’t wait for everyone out there to see it!”

Redemption Of A Dogg will first play the Hobby Center in Houston, Texas, October 5–7 before heading on tour across the U.S. Other stops include NJPAC in Newark, New Jersey (October 11), Tower Theater in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (October 12–13), Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York (October 14), Fox Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, and the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California (November 16).

“I get to work with hip-hop legend Snoop. The thought alone leaves me speechless,” said Johnson. “I am honored and humbled to be able to partner with him and make history with Redemption of a Dogg.”

[Original Story] Playbill.com by Olivia Clement Aug 09, 2018

Legendary hip-hop artist and mogul Snoop Dogg has announced that he will make his theatrical debut in a new stage musical, Redemption of a Dogg, written, produced, and directed by Je’Caryous Johnson (Set It Off), and costarring R&B superstar Tamar Braxton.

The show will tour through the US, starting at the Hobby Center in Houston (October 5-7) and stopping in Brooklyn, New York; St. Louis; Chicago; Washington, DC; and Los Angeles, among other cities, with more to be announced.

According to a press release, Redemption of a Dogg “chronicles a character built around the persona of Snoop Dogg — a multifaceted character who is a gangsta rapper, family man and man of God. Redemption of a Dogg examines the internal battle one man has between preserving his lifelong legacy and losing the love of his life when he is faced with choosing fame and fortune over faith and family. Redemption of a Dogg is set against a backdrop of Snoop Dogg’s greatest hits, as well as, songs from his recently released chart-topping Gospel album, Bible of Love.”

The show will premiere on the 25th anniversary of Snoop Dogg’s debut album, Doggystyle.

[Original Story] Theatermania.com by AuthorKenji Fujishima Aug. 09, 2018