Rapper Snoop Dogg cemented his status as a member of the Nation of Islam by making his first appearance at the movement's annual Saviours' Day convention this weekend (begs28Feb09).
Snoop Dogg - real name Calvin Broadus - clapped and nodded as he listened to a speech from minister Louis Farrakhan at the event in Rosemont, Illinois on Sunday (01Mar09).
And the star was full of praise for Farrakhan, urging others to consider following the movement.
He told reporters, "When you get a speech from Minister Farrakhan it's about a mirror, it's about looking at yourself. It's about seeing yourself and what you can do to better the situation... We're doing a lot of wrongs among ourselves that need correcting."
When asked by reporters if he planned to convert to the Nation of Islam, Broadus maintained he had already joined: "I'm already in the Nation, that's why I'm here. I'm an advocate for peace. I've been in the peace movement ever since I've been making music.
"My whole thing is not about really trying to push my thing on you. It's just about the way I live, and I live how I'm supposed to live as far as doing what's right and representing what's right. That's why I was here today."
Broadus, who also gave a $1,000 (£704) donation to the cause, was not the only hip-hop artist present this weekend - rapper Doug E. Fresh also attended the convention, and a video from T.I. - in which he stressed the importance of education - was aired for followers.