Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) has released the video for his new reggae-tinged single, “No Guns Allowed.” While Drake and Snoop’s daughter Cori B appear on the song, a clip of President Barack Obama helps sell the anti-gun message.
The video opens with a snapshot of President Obama, who is giving a speech at the memorial for the Newton, Connecticut shooting, in which a gun-wielding assailant killed 20 children and six adults.
“We are gather here in memory of beautiful children,” Obama says, opening the video that includes clips of live news footage of the aftermaths of massacres worldwide.
The song dropped in March as legislators in Washington, DC were taking aim at gun reform. Snoop fired off the video on Tuesday (April 2), as a bipartisan legislative task force in Connecticut has come to an agreement on the state’s gun laws.
The new legislation proposes to outlaw armor-piercing bullets; ban 100 more guns from the state; and require background checks for all gun sales.
While Snoop Lion has turned the corner on the gun debate, Snoop Dogg has a long history with songs that promote gun violence. As Radio.com previously reported, in 1992, he broke through with a verse on Dr. Dre‘s “Deep Cover” single (from the soundtrack to the film of the same name) in which he raps about murdering an undercover cop. In 1996, he was acquitted of murder after being involved in a shooting of a man with whom he had a conflict.
Snoop Lion’s “No Gun’s Allowed” if off his forthcoming reggae album Reincarnated which is due out April 23.