In a recent interview with the New York Times, Snoop Dogg revealed that he is concerned about the lack of representation of Black people in the higher ranks of the NBA and NFL.
“Why don’t we have an owner in an NFL? That’s just racist. Period, point-blank,” he said. “We need to own an NFL team.”
Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shahid Kahn and Buffalo Bills co-owner Kim Pegula are the only minority owners in the NFL. Both are not black.
“The NFL isn’t the only major sporting organization with a similar lack of representation,” said Snoop.
“We got one half-owner in the NBA, Michael Jordan,” he pointed out. “But the whole league is 90 percent, Black. So we still the slaves, and they still the masters.”
According to The Undefeated, Michael Jordan is the only Black majority owner of a team (Charlotte Hornets).
He said that Black people in the music industry are pushing back because of this lack of representation.
“That’s why in the music game, we took the initiative to say, [expletive] that. We’re the masters, and we own our masters,” the rapper stated. “We’re going to negotiate with you the way we think it should be. We changed that industry years ago, with our mentality of having our own labels.”
In Snoop’s opinion, the streaming business isn’t very kind to artists.
“I just don’t understand how you only get this little bit amount of money per stream,” he said. “I just don’t understand the dynamics of those numbers and how they can create these systems without Black people up top, while Black people are the ones generating the most money from these systems through the music.”
Musicians receive between $0.003 and $0.04 per stream, according to Business Insider. According to Rolling Stone, Apple pays $0.01 per stream.
“So I’m just trying to figure out when they’re going to cut us in in the beginning, as opposed to always letting us be the ones who get it to a point where these platforms can sell for billions of dollars, and then the Black people that made it famous get nothing.”
Snoop pointed out that same pattern in TikTok, “All of the young Black content creators on TikTok have boycotted because they see that when they do the dances, they don’t get the attention or the money,” he added. “But as soon as the White dancers do it, it’s the biggest [expletive] in the world, and they on Jimmy Fallon. That’s not fair. It’s not cool to just keep stealing our culture right in front of us and not include us in the finances of it all.”