Snoop: "Ugly Women Don’t Sell Records"

Published: Sunday 16th Mar 2008 by Sam
Snoop: Check out this controversial quote on females in the music industry lifted from Snoop Dogg’s guest entry on BET.com’s ‘Hip Hop Vs. America’ blog. According to the ‘Sensual Seduction’ rapper, its only good looking (by who’s standards is anyones guess) women that sell records:

“How many ugly women selling records? None! Only the pretty ones sell records. Beyonce, Mary J, Keyshia Cole, the ugly ones don’t sell. I ain’t gon say no names, but they don’t sell records. They just be singing their little hearts out, but they don’t get no sales, cause they ugly. Now, that’s my fault? I can see this on TV now: ‘Snoop Dogg called me, ugly’. You beautiful on the inside, baby. What I wanna say to go on top of that, to the chocolate women, the dark-skinned women, I love ya’ll. I got a chocolate daughter at home. I always tell her chocolate is the best thing in the world”.

I’m gonna give Snoop the benefit of the doubt by saying he didn’t fully engage his brain before trying to articulate his point. As, on a surface level, what he is saying is arguably true – after all, the Beyonce’s and co are more likely to sell better than their less glamorous counter-parts. Where Snoop is wrong IMO, is that he appears to be endorsing such a bias industry standard.


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  1. Luke March 16, 2008

    Sam you know its the truth, Snoop seems to be a lot better (although by any standards not fantastic!) at articulating his point than Ja Rule and Nas who have to put a f***ing expletive in every f**ing quote I read from them! lol

    This is true though people like Syleena Johnson, Jill Scott and India.Arie who are GORGEOUS don’t get me wrong but don’t shake their asses and wear revealing outfits in their videos are not recognised for their immense talent while no-talents like Beyonce and Rihanna who have to employ the most talented producers and writers to make them sound good get sales because their look appeals to ‘Middle America’. Its not fair but its definitely the truth.

    I never thought I’d agree with a Snoop Dogg quote but there it is, wonders never cease!

  2. jenna March 16, 2008

    did he put mary and keyshia among the pretty ones???? wtf??

  3. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    I think Snoop is an authority on ugly women, his wife is ugly as hell.

  4. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    What exactly is his definition of ugly? Is he implying that if your LIGHT you’re right? Beyonce’ looks like a drag queen and her personality is as fake as her weave. Mary J Blige is a beautiful woman because she’s a REAL woman. She has a genuine,beautiful spirit,and I see that woman’s TESTIMONY every time she performs. Keyshia Cole is down-to-earth and relatable. She doesn’t look like the typical R&B Barbie Doll. She’s that round-the-way girl;hardly an industry beauty,yet she has graced many magazine covers. Unlike artist who’ve been doing it longer,and look ten times better,but happen to be two to three shades darker. For example: Kelly Rowland,who is one of the most stunningly gorgeous,young women in this industry does not get half the publicity that these high-yellow heffas get (unless she’s flashing an engagement ring or sporting new boobs). It’s disgraceful. When you think of the black WOMEN in this industry who are getting recognition and selling albums like hot cakes,you think of Beyonce’,Alicia Keyes,Rihanna,Ciarra. What do these women have in common? Certainly not talent. They all pass the brown paper bag test. However, that simple fact does not make them the most ‘beautiful girls in the world.’ What I want to know is,when is a nubian beauty going to stand up and say,’Yes,I’m dark. Yes,I’m beautiful and Yes,you will notice and acknowledge me as the phenomenal woman (and artist) that I am.’ People need to rent School Daze and “WAKE UP!”

  5. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    Amerie and Mya are pretty women
    and they can’t sell any records
    so the statement that he made is
    dumb. I think he’s just trying to
    get ppl to watch his lame ass
    show. I’d rather watch Run’s House.

  6. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    Snoop is too f*** ugly himself to even comment on the outer beauty of others. This putrid being needs to find a spike and fall on it fast 🙂

  7. M.I.K.E. March 16, 2008

    he meant PRETTY WOMEN with TALENT
    cuz christina milian, cassie, amerie, mya…they all are pretty but they are completely talentless

    i think he meant somebody like FANTASIA, the girl sing the heart out of her in every single performance and her last album, which wasnt really bad, was a huge flop
    i really feel sorry for her cuz i love the way she sings and her songs

  8. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    uh uh i can not believe he said that
    tamia is one example of a beautiful woman who doesnt sell records
    paris hilton is one example of an ugly woman selling records
    besides it isnt about being “pretty”, as much as it is being “light skinned”
    so he is proven WRONG
    not that me sayin all this will have much 2 change the weed-induced stupid brain of his

  9. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    yah are getting his quote wrong… but whoever say that keisha cole is down-to earth… haha r u kidding me? she the most wackest person. she have a bad attuide and she cannot sing for shiet. she just a copy cat of mary j.

  10. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    Sad, but true… This is the way of the world… You can be dumb as a rock but pretty like Halle and the world will love you. You can be a Rocket Scientist but not attractive and nobody care about how smart you’re all they see is ugly… As long as you look good the world is your for the taking.

  11. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    hahahaaaaaaaa…………Snoop is funny!!!! but what he is trying to say in snoopafied words is that S** sells………Women that show off more skin tends to sell more albums!!!! Dont get me wrong beyonce is Talented but she shows off alot of skin………Even Rihanna who keeps wearing these Skanky Dominatrex outfits at her concerts!!!!!!!!!! US Chocalate women dont get the credit that we deserve!!! ITs always the light skin chicks!!!! its sad but true!!!!

  12. Anonymous March 16, 2008

    For him to make the arguement that only pretty women sell records, there would have to be a standard of beauty ruled out by the majority, so what is it….

    I have to disagree that if you’re light skin you sell; Look @ J.LO!!! If she put out good music she would sell!!! I think being beautiful is only part of marketing yourself as an artist & having mass appeal but it doesn’t sell records. If your considered beautiful by the majority then you’re probably more marketable, because of course IMAGE is very important and is also key to marketing i.e RHIANNA!

    Sam, Beyonce & co that you’re referring to would be the pop n b stars that would include bey of course, ciara & then rhianna WHO DOESN’T SELL! But they all are very marketable and very crossover. AN artist like India Arie for example isn’t crossover because she’s not a POP artist & she isn’t considered beautiful by the majority & doesn’t have a distinct look or sound?!!! Not necesarily saying that if you do pop music you will sell…let’s take a look @ cassie, christian milian, ect.

    Being beautiful has nothing to do with selling records though. It’s all about marketing a product & the product is the artist. Factors like image, sound, authenticity all come into play. I think being beautiful does get movie roles, it gets modeling contracts, but it doesn’t sell records.

  13. Anonymous March 17, 2008

    What the hell is he talking about? Is Kelly Rowland ugly but she ain’t selling just becos of lack of promotion although being as talented as she is.He must know that see that he sang ghetto with her

  14. Robert Jones, Jr. March 17, 2008

    My grandmother used to say: “Fish can’t see water.” And that’s the case with Snoop. He’s completely blind to the fact of his misogyny because he and people like him have been swimming in it all along. The reason why he believes it’s acceptable to treat women the way that he does is because he believes (to quote Peter from Family Guy) that women are androids created by the Lord Jesus Christ exclusively for men’s pleasure. A lot of men feel the same way: “if my d*ck gets hard looking at women, then the reason they exist MUST BE for my own personal sexual pleasure.” But they aren’t. Women are people, too.

    To people like Snoop, women aren’t human beings and well never be. Men like Snoop define their masculinity in complete opposition to all things feminine. The standard they hold themselves to is: the more I can degrade a woman, the more of a man I am. That’s utter b*llsh*t and it’s an act of profound ignorance and cowardice. The well-kept secret is that men and women are NOT opposites.

    And the defective, brainwashed, damaged women that actually LIKE being treated as less than human (under the guise of “I have to make money to survive”) need EXTENSIVE therapy.

    And if it were true that so-called “ugly artists” don’t sell, then Snoop shouldn’t be able to sell a single album.

  15. Anonymous March 17, 2008

    Just for the record, Lauren Hill is a BEAUTIFUL NUBIAN SISTER WITH 100% TALENT. It’s just a shame there are many more out there who aren’t recognized

  16. Daniella March 17, 2008

    I agree with Snoop. Lets face it, society and media has brainwashed alot of people into thinking beauty is only in the shapes and forms of Beyonces and Halle Berrys.Lets use Alicia Keys and India.Arie as examples. Its true that Alicia Keys will always sell more records than India.Arie. India.Arie to me, is a very beautiful and talented woman.Sadly, society doesnt feel that way. Dont get me wrong, Alicia is beautiful and talented as well. But lets be honest, if Alicia looked like India.Arie, do you think she would be the superstar she is…no. Its sad but its true. I agree with Snoop because he’s been in this business for a long time and he’s seen first hand how prettier women get more exposure. The music industry is a mess. Now and days it not about talent its about face value.

  17. Nisha March 17, 2008

    I agree with him but I just think he didn’t put it in the right words. Seriously, do you think that Beyonce would be as big if she was darker and didn’t have a blonde weave? It’s really sad that other talented artists get ignored because of the obsession with the idea of ‘fair and lovely’….I hope it all changes one day.

  18. Anonymous March 17, 2008

    Since when did beauty become synonomous with light skin? I know plenty of unnatractive women that happen to be light (in and out of the industry). I also know ebony-skinned women that happen to be gorgeous. Most dark women are gorgeous. Most of them have FLAWLESS skin. Most of them have OUTSANDING features (there bone structure is sick!). They DON’T NEED alot of MAKE-UP. They are NATURAL beauties. There are alot of very pretty light-skinned women in this world;but most of them can’t hold a candle to my chocolate Queens. I’m sorry. Some people may get upset with me for saying this but light skin is over-rated. I can say this,since I have semi-light skin (I’m not high-yellow though,I’m a golden brown). I know that none of us can help what skin we are born in,but this color war that we’ve been waging since the dawn of time is really getting old. God adorned women with beauty;and that beaty consist of things more important than the color of her skin. Try looking into her eyes. Try noticing her smile. Listen to the way she laughs. The way she walks. Try telling her how beautiful she is because of who she is,not what she looks like. Just because we live in a shallow world doesn’t mean we have to be shallow. Don’t let this jacked up industry define what’s beautiful. They get it wrong ALOT. We are all fearfully and wonderfully made. TO ALL MY LIGHT-SKINNED SISTERS. I know I was a little hard on you. Please know that I love you all too. I just think it’s important to tell deep-brown women how stunning they are. They’ve been given the short end of the stick for a very long time. Even you would have to agree.

  19. Professor Luis March 18, 2008

    Celine Dion, Tina Turner, Cher, Kelly Clarkson, all ugly singers.. and They did! They solda lot of million records…

  20. Anonymous March 18, 2008

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

  21. adirgeforher March 19, 2008

    snoop dog= mad ugly

  22. Anonymous March 20, 2008

    who just had their lowest selling album Snoop Dogg … lol

  23. Anonymous August 28, 2008

    Snoops wife is very pretty. I would not mind being married to a woman who has her skin color, size and features

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