Snoop Dogg enthusiasts are feeling quite bewildered following the rapper's surprising revelation about quitting his famous smoking habit.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., widely recognized as Snoop Dogg, stands as one of the most iconic figures in the world of rap. His musical journey boasts a remarkable 23 million albums sold in the United States and a staggering 35 million albums worldwide.
Hits like 'Gin and Juice' and 'Drop It Like It's Hot' have solidified Snoop's status as a household name. Yet, beyond his music, there's another facet of Snoop Dogg that's equally well-known.
The artist behind 'Young, Wild & Free' has a reputation as one of the most dedicated cannabis enthusiasts in the industry.
Cannabis and music have appeared intertwined throughout Snoop's career, as evidenced by his notable contributions to Dr. Dre's 1992 album 'The Chronic.' He's even ventured into the world of entrepreneurship with his cannabis brand, Leafs by Snoop, offering an array of marijuana strains.
Snoop's personal roller once made headlines by claiming that the rapper consumes anywhere from 75 to 150 blunts a day. Given this background, it's no wonder that fans were taken aback by his recent announcement.
On social media, the 'Riders on the Storm' rapper shared a thought-provoking black-and-white image of himself, accompanied by a message that seemed to declare his decision to part ways with his iconic smoking habit.
The message read, "After much consideration and conversation with my family, I've decided to give up smoke."
"Please respect my privacy at this time."
Later on, the rapper hopped onto Instagram and posted a selfie with the following caption: "Respect my privacy."
It's fair to say that the straightforward message elicited a substantial online reaction.
One commenter wrote: "Today isn't April Fool's day Snoop."
Someone else joked: "Don't worry Snoop, we, your disciples will carry on your legacies… We'll smoke on your behalf… Stay strong for us."
Even High Times Magazine paid homage to Snoop's days of indulgence in smoking, penning: "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 honor on Mount Kushmore."
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."
Nevertheless, the post also triggered a wave of conspiracy theories. Keen-eyed fans observed that Snoop had solely pledged to quit smoking weed, which led to suspicions that he might have a different strategy in mind.
It's worth noting that smoking is considered one of the riskier methods of consuming cannabis, given its inclusion of volatile compounds and tar, which can potentially irritate the lungs.
Speculations arose among fans that Snoop might be shifting away from traditional blunts and exploring more cutting-edge cannabis products, such as edibles, vapes, or even cannabis-infused beverages.
In fact, one fan went on to express: "This is probably just gonna be some viral campaign where he launches his own line of vapes or edibles or something."
According to Americus Reed II, a marketing professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business, he also suspected that this announcement might be a clever component of a marketing strategy.
In the wake of the online commotion surrounding the matter, Snoop Dogg has now addressed it once again. The rapper disclosed that his initial announcement was, in fact, a part of a promotional stunt for Solo Stove, a company specializing in smokeless fire pits.
"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 with done with the confident my clothes smelling all sticky icky," Snoop Dogg reveals in a fresh announcement video on X.
"I'm going smokeless – Solo Stove fixed fire," he says in the clip. "They take out the smoke. Clever."
Subsequently, fans have hurried to the comments section to express their opinions.
In response to this marketing tactic, one individual remarks: "Bro had the world's stoners questioning their life choices for this ad."
Another writes: "I knew that wording was strange! 'Smoke' not 'smoking' lol! Nice!"
One expresses: "Come on Unc… All this for an ad?"
Someone else shares: "Of course, it was all an ad."
"All this for some promo smh [shaking my head]," another adds.
Snoop made an effort to abstain from marijuana in the past, in 2002, but regrettably, he experienced a relapse shortly afterward.