With hip hop trending toward super-long, overstuffed releases, Snoop smartly uses the song tracklist of "Bible of Love" to spotlight his army's worth of gospel stars, making the album's impressive runtime feel less like an egregious play for streaming numbers than it would otherwise. In reality, the album is 32 songs of spiritual uplift, consistently enjoyable and even moving at times, with Snoop making just enough appearances to remind listeners of his involvement, and doing some soul-baring in the process, like on his spoken-word storytelling on "Pain."
"A lot of times, you see me performing for thousands of people, filling their hearts with love and joy, not knowing that I'm going through so much pain," he intones. "But God knows everything, and I mean everything, that I'm going through."
Above all, "Bible of Love" is another argument in favor of Snoop's impressive longevity, not just as a TV host cooking alongside Martha Stewart, but as one of the most prolific rappers of his generation. Ceding the spotlight to curate a gospel album may seem like a cop-out for an artist appearing to be productive, if Snoop hadn't just released his 15th studio album "Neva Left" in May, a collection of original music that was largely praised by critics.
For Migos, and the other members of hip hop's younger generation joining Snoop on his upcoming tour, the rapper — who, at 46, is hardly a fossil — continues to provide a blueprint for how artists in the genre can continue innovating, and as heard on "Bible of Love," can continue thriving.