Snoop Lion Explains Anti-Violence Song ‘No Guns Allowed’

Snoop Lion
Billy Johnson, Jr.
March 25, 2013 10:35 AM ET

In many ways, Snoop Lion is the antithesis to Snoop Dogg. The Reincarnated rapper’s new song “No Guns Allowed” featuring his daughter Cori B and Drake counters his 1992 debut on Dr. Dre’s “Deep Cover” where he boasts, “I got the gauge, a uzi and the motherf—king 22.”

The release from his forthcoming reggae album offers a message of non violence.

Snoop Lion raps, “We don’t want to see no more innocent blood shed. Me don’t want for see no more youth dead.” His teenage daughter helps sing the chorus, “No guns allowed in here tonight. We’re going to have a free-for-all, no fights.”

Snoop says collaborating with his daughter on the song was a great experience. “That was awesome to be able to work with my baby girl on ‘No Guns Allowed,’” he tells Yahoo! Music in an exclusive interview. “It’s a powerful song, and it says something. She’ll be able to go with me on this journey to be able to speak to people about gun violence because she’s a kid and she goes to school. School is a big shot. We just want to prevent the next one from happening. That’s what’s it all about, trying to bring awareness and push love and peace.”

Despite being known for his gangsta party records like “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” “Gin And Juice,” and “Still A G Thang,” Snoop says he felt the need to try a different approach to music. “Right now I need to make music that says something that is positive and has the right energy on it,” he says. “Snoop Lion is doing that and doing it to the fullest.”

Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated film is currently in theaters. The album is due out April 23. Watch full Snoop Lion interview here.

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