Snoop Dogg will cast his vote — for the first time ever — in November’s presidential election saying, “We got to make a difference.”
The 48-year-old rapper opened up on radio station Real 92.3 Thursday when asked for his thoughts on President Trump and the November election.
“I aint never voted a day in my life, but this year I think I’m going to get out and vote because I can’t stand to see this punk in office one more year,” he responded.
Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, explained why he had never before exercised his right to vote: “For many years they had me brainwashed thinking that you couldn’t vote because you had a criminal record. I didn’t know that. My record [has] been expunged so now I can vote.” The rapper was convicted of felonies in 1990 and 2007.
Asked about his thoughts on President Donald Trump, Snoop made it clear that he would not be voting for the Republican in November. “I ain’t never voted a day in my life, but this year I think I’m going to get out and vote because I can’t stand to see this punk in office one more year,” he said.
The musician also shared that if he was going to encourage others to go out and vote, he would need to do the same.
“We got to make a difference, I can’t talk about it and not be about it,” he explained. “I can’t tell you to do it and then not go do it. If I tell you to do something, I done it already.”
During the interview, Snoop also spoke out about the Black Lives Matter protests which have erupted across the US in response to police brutality and systemic racism.
While he pledged his support of the movement, he asked that people stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic.
“We’re dealing with the pandemic too, and I don’t think that is fully going away,” he pointed out.
“People are quick to jump into the streets and not knowing what the full, you know, thing is with that right now. So I just want to let everybody know to be careful and be safe and keep your mask on. Stay hydrated, stay [hygenic].”