Sean Paul Reacts To Snoop Dogg’s Announcement That He’s “Giving Up Smoke”


Sean Paul (contributed)

Dancehall superstar Sean Paul has reacted to Snoop Dogg’s announcement that he is “giving up smoke,” a statement which has caused speculation about whether or not the rapper is referring to quitting marijuana usage or is being provocative.

“Blessings my G. One love same f-ckin way bro,” Sean Paul wrote in response to Snoop’s statement on Instagram, which noted that: “After much consideration & conversation with my family, I’ve decided to give up smoke.  Please respect my privacy at this time”.

Snoop too, had also released Reggae-tinged songs paying homage to marijuana on his Reincarnated Reggae-fusion album, which was released back in 2013.

That album, which Billboard described as “pop record laced with an assortment of roots and dancehall reggae references,” contained several tracks which celebrated marijuana, such as Lighters Up featuring Mavado and Popcaan; Smoke the Weed featuring Collie Budz and Ashtrays and Heartbreaks featuring Miley Cyrus.

In April this year, Snoop also collaborated with Buju Banton on the track High Life, which celebrated organically-grown landrace Ganja, fresh from the farm.

On Thursday, the commenters on Snoop’s IG page also questioned whether his page had been hacked, while others said that it could be a part of some product marketing campaign. Still, many surmised that the rapper could possibly be about to release a new line of edibles for cannabis users who were seeking an alternative to smoking.

“I refuse to believe this. Definitely a part of some marketing campaign that he’s a part of. Some new smoking device will have the slogan, “Give Up Smoke” and he’ll be the spokesperson. Super Bowl commercial maybe,” one man noted.

Sean Paul, during his High Times interview which was centered on  ganja-related issues and music, credited the herb for helping to activate his creativity when penning his songs, as according to him, the weed puts him in ‘a euphoric mood’.

“That’s what I like about it—pot is a very creative substance. Even when I sang the song, ‘Gimme the Light,’ I can say that it helped me out a lot…,” he had told the publication.

He also said that he was willing to work with entrepreneurial-minded people to make “edibles into a healthier medicine”.

“So, if the industry wants to holler at me and hear my ideas about these things, I’d love to go into that part of the business with y’all. There are people who need cannabis as medicine and some of them can’t smoke or consume large quantities of sugar on a consistent basis,” he had said.