Former rapper turned Reggae singer, Snoop Dogg, recently got to visit the White House and even fist bumped John Kerry. Snoop Dogg was visiting for the 36th year of the Annual Kennedy Center Honors which will be televised on CBS this Sunday. He has also just released a video of his pilgrimage to Washington, D.C.
In the video, Snoop says his daughter and his wife were going to have a good time. He said that from Eastside LBC to DC, his “baby boo” has been with him the entire time, and now they were doing it up big time at the White House.
Snoop Dogg released a film as a companion to his album, Reincarnated, back in March of this year. His album was nominated for a Grammy Award. In the film Snoop Dogg says the he’s always wanted to be invited to the White House, but he wouldn’t be able to perform any of his songs there. He said, “I’m never able to perform in situations where I’d love to because I don’t have those kinds of songs.” Snoop also went on to say that he knew President Obama wanted him to come to the White House, but he definitely didn’t know what songs he would actually be able to perform for him.
Just after Snoop Dogg was in the White House, he posted a video to his Instagram account that showed Snoop fist bumping with Secretary of State, John Kerry. The video also had Kerry and Snoop having a conversation about hip-hop music at the White House reception. In the Instagram post Snoop typed, “Boss life. Me n john Kerry at d white house!!! #reincarnated #khc.” Kerry later retweeted one of Snoop Dogg’s tweets and said that between the two of them, together they have “sold 30 million – JK.”
John Kerry can be heard in the video telling Snoop that he invented the whole hip-hop thing. Upon hearing that, Snoop Dogg and Kerry fist bump when Joe Biden can be heard off-camera saying, “Oooh, he gave you the pound!” Kerry also praised Snoop by telling him that he gave him a “good pound.”
Another portion of the video was hard to make out audibly, but pieces can be heard of Kerry and Snoop Dog talking about the legendary jazz musician, Herbie Hancock.
Also in the background of the video, Billy Joel’s song She’s Always a Woman to Me can be heard playing. Joel was one of the Kennedy Center’s honorees last year.
Although rare, the White House has had other rappers as guests in the past. During President Obama’s Administration rappers Jay Z, Common, and some others also were guests the White House. Jay Z is a big supporter of Barack Obama and he spoke to the President during his visit to the White House back in 2010. Jay Z has been supporting Obama since his presidential run back in 2008.
Snoop Dogg has been an icon in the music industry for many years now. It’s interesting to see that Snoop himself thinks that his own music is inappropriate for some situations, like some events at the White House. However, bumping fists with John Kerry quickly made him at home and feeling accepted.
By Brent Matsalla