Rap icon Snoop Dogg has teamed up with Christian group Oooberfuse and director David Fussell to raise awareness about the plight of homelessness in a new Christmas single titled "Hard Times."
A new Christmas song, entitled "Hard Times" (editor's note in French), is the title of a new Christmas hit, released on December 1st. A single that saw the light of day thanks to a collaboration between the famous rapper Snoop Dogg, the London Christian group Oooberfuse, and the film director, David Fussell.
The aim of the initiative is to challenge preconceptions about homeless people while supporting the charitable work of Catholic churches in central London.
First Christian News reports that proceeds from the song will go towards supporting voluntary groups in London's Catholic churches who work to help the homeless.
In an interview with Premier Christian News, Cherrie Anderson of the band Oooberfuse highlighted the importance of Snoop Dogg's participation "in this project that seeks to give a voice to the homeless."
"Having Snoop Dogg on this track is incredible. Our song Hard Times addresses the realities of the homeless and highlights the difficult times they go through."
Oooberfuse, inspired by his Christian faith, has previously collaborated with Farm St Jesuit Church to raise awareness of social justice issues, including the plight of refugees. The group also participated in the weekly meal service for the homeless at this church.
Father Dominic Robinson, SJ, parish priest and president of Justice and Peace in the Diocese of Westminster, is behind this initiative. He stressed “the urgency of action in the face of the growing housing crisis, with a 12% increase in the number of homeless people compared to the previous year”.
“We hope that this song will not only make us aware of the situation but will encourage us to take essential measures.”
According to Independent Catholic News, prejudices about homeless people in the UK have recently sparked debate. Notably, following statements by former Home Secretary Suella Braverman, who referred to sleeping in a tent as a “lifestyle choice”.
Snoop Dogg, Oooberfuse, and David Fussell aspire to break stigmas and inspire tangible actions to help those living on the streets.
Salma El Monser