Snoop, MC Hammer say no to guns
3:08pm Friday 30th May 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Snoop Dogg and MC Hammer have spoken out about gun violence, following the latest school shooting in the US.
Gin And Juice rapper Snoop was joined by MC Hammer and football star Joe Montana at an event to raise awareness of his No Guns Allowed grass-roots campaign, which aims to convince young people to stay away from guns.
"We are the voices that the youth listen to. They respect us, so we are the ones who actually can put a half pause on the gun violence when we speak as one as a whole rap community," said the 42-year-old.
The trio teamed up for the event days after the shooting near the campus of the UC Santa Barbara in California.
Items including signed football helmets and artwork painted by Snoop were auctioned off to raise money for their cause.
Snoop, whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr, admitted being a father convinced him to become more responsible.
"You're dealing with a grown man now. Back then I was a kid. I was young and had no direction so I was basically following my own lead as opposed to being a man who's grown older and wiser and more mature," he said.
"I have kids and I understand the effects of the power or the position I've been given. So I try to use it in a positive manner instead of loosely throwing it out there."
The group, established in 2013 after the Sandy Hook school shooting, is asking for community support. They also want to pressure lawmakers to pass common-sense gun laws, including mandatory background checks.
"We're all family and those kids that are being affected by these school shootings and the shooting we had the other day in Southern California, this is outrageous. We need to do something about it and I don't mind standing up for a real cause," Snoop said.
MC Hammer (Stanley Burrell) added: "If you look at the past 20 years, it's not rappers who are dying in the streets, it's the community around rappers. At this point, we can divide entertainment and music from reality. The reality is we need more men and women to stand up and say enough is enough. Not one more and less violence in general."
Snoop, who recorded No Guns Allowed featuring Drake and his daughter Cori, added: "I feel like the rappers rapping about gun violence has definitely depreciated. It's went down but we don't have an effect on the laws."