As lawmakers debate gun control legislation, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) fires off his new song. On Wednesday (March 20) he dropped the single for his debut reggea album in which the one-time Gangster rapper calls for all to lay down their guns.
The new song, “No Guns Allowed,” which features Drake, puffs up the non-violent spirit of Rastafarian singers such as Bob Marley.
“If we were all were rich, we’d spend more time/ with our daughters and sons, they’re losing their minds,” Snoop sings. The chorus chimes in with the anti-gun message and the backing vocals of Snoop’s daughter, Cori B:
“No guns allowed in here tonight/ we’re gonna have a free for all no fight”
While the song is clearly anti-gun-toting, Drake offers a message that echoes the argument of the National Rifle Association–that people are dangerous, not guns.
“Bullets do not pick a victim/It’s the shooter that picks ’em,” he raps.
The song hits the internet as Congress is debating gun control bills. The elementary school massacre in Newtown, Conn. that killed 20 first graders and 6 educators turned up the heat on assault weapons. On Tuesday Majority Leader Harry Reid sad he may seek a bill that leaves out the ban in exchange for broader support.
Snoop has a long and complicated history with gun violence. In 1992, he broke through with a verse on Dr. Dre‘s “Deep Cover” single (from the soundtrack to the film of the same name) in which he raps about murdering an undercover cop. In 1996, he was acquitted of murder after being involved in a shooting of a man with whom he had a conflict.
Check out “No Guns Allowed” below.