Snoop Dogg fans feel betrayed after the rapper has finally broken his silence on ‘quitting the smoke’.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., better known as Snoop Dogg, is one of the most famous rappers of all time.
He’s sold a whopping 23 million albums in the United States and 35 million albums worldwide.
With hits like ‘Gin and Juice’ and ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot’, it’s no wonder Snoop is a household name.
But aside from music, there’s something else Snoop Dogg is very famous for.
The ‘Young, Wild & Free’ artist is also one of the most prolific weed smokers out there.
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In fact, cannabis and music seemed to be inextricably linked in Snoop’s career – just look at his guest appearances on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album ‘The Chronic’.
He even has his very own cannabis brand, Leafs by Snoop, which sells different strains of marijuana.
Which is why Snoop’s recent announcement has left fans shocked.
The ‘Riders on the Storm’ rapper posted on social media last week and appeared to announce he was giving up smoking weed.
Snoop took to X (formerly known as Twitter) to share a poignant black-and-white image of himself, alongside the message: “After much consideration and conversation with my family, I’ve decided to give up smoke.
“Please respect my privacy at this time.”
I’m giving up smoke. pic.twitter.com/DDVl9Syixw
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) November 16, 2023
The rapper later took to Instagram, sharing a selfie that he captioned: “Respect my privacy.”
It’s safe to say the simple message garnered quite an online response.
One wrote: “Today isn’t April Fool’s day Snoop.”
Another joked: “Don’t worry Snoop, we, your disciples will carry on your legacies… We’ll smoke on your behalf… Stay strong for us.”
High Times Magazine even offered a tribute to Snoop’s smoking days, writing: “Stoner of the century. Snoop Dogg – you’ll always have a seat at the sesh whether you’re smoking or not and will forever hold a place of honour on Mount Kushmore.”
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It continued: “It may feel like the end of era, but it’s just a new chapter in the book of Snoop. You’ve got our support and respect.”
However, the post also sparked some conspiracy theories. Fans noticed Snoop has only committed to giving up smoking weed – and suspected he may have another plan.
Smoking is one of the more dangerous ways to imbibe cannabis, as it contains volatile chemicals and tar which can irritate the lungs.
Fans believed Snoop may be moving away from blunts and into more innovative cannabis products, like edibles, vapes, or even drinks.
One fan wrote: “This is probably just gonna be some viral campaign where he launches his own line of vapes or edibles or something.”
Americus Reed II, a professor of marketing at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, told AP News that he also believed this announcement could be a part of a clever marketing strategy.
And following all of this online furore, Snoop Dogg himself has spoken out once more.
The rapper revealed that his original announcement was a part of a publicity stunt – for smokeless fire pit company Solo Stove.
“I know what you thinking, ‘Snoop, smoke is kind of your whole thing’. But I’m done with it. Done with the coughing and my clothes smelling all sticky icky,” Snoop Dogg shares in a new announcement video on X.
“I’m going smokeless – Solo Stove fixed fire,” he says in the clip. “They take out the smoke. Clever.”
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) November 20, 2023
Fans have since rushed to the comments to share their thoughts.
Reacting to the marketing ploy, one person says: “Bro had the world’s stoners questioning their life choices for this ad.”
Another comments: “I knew that wording was strange! ‘Smoke’ not ‘smoking’ lol! Nice!”
One unhappy user writes: “Come on Unc… All this for an ad?”
And someone else says: “Of course, it was all an ad.”
“All this for some promo smh [shaking my head],” another fan adds.
Snoop attempted sobriety from weed before, back in 2002, but relapsed not long after.