The King of West Coast rap Snoop Dogg has decided to rename himself “Snoop Lion”after having a rebirth experience in Jamaica and discovering his true inner Rastafarian.
Snoop said, “I feel like I’ve always been Rastafarian,” speaking on the spiritual Jamaican movement. While there, he said, he visited a temple, was renamed Snoop Lion and was also given the Ethiopian name Berhane, meaning “light of the world.”
He is bringing life into the reggae culture and trading in his regular hip hop lyrics for now. Although, he is not completely retiring from hip-hop he is “tired” of the genre and doesn’t see it as a challenge.
Snoop explains, “Reggae was calling … it’s a breath of fresh air,” he said. “Rap isn’t challenging; it’s not appealing.”
In his New York press conference on Monday, Snoop spoke vividly about being connected to Bob Marley’s spirit and calling himself “Bob Marley reincarnated.” He even expressed an interest in making music for his kids and grandparents to listen to.
Bob Marley’s son Rohan attended the conference and gave Snoop his blessing.
It was also discovered he would let the name Snoop Dogg be buried. He explained,”It’s not that I want to become Snoop Dogg on a reggae track,” Snoop said. “I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion. I didn’t know that until I went to the temple,where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, ‘Snoop Dogg.’ And he looked me in my eyes and said, ‘No more. You are the light; you are the lion.’ From that moment on, it’s like I had started to understand why I was there.”
“Reincarnated” is his first reggae album produced by Diplo. It will feature Snoop singing and will be released on Vice Records. The album’s debut single, “La La La,” is already available on iTunes.
“No Guns Allowed,” another track on Reincarnated,is close to Snoop’s heart with a feature from his daughter Cori. Snoop explains, “There’s a lot of killing going on in this world, and nobody ever speaks on it until it happens. And I’m tired of it … It’s so tragic that people are still doing stupid things with guns,” Snoop said. “I could have never made a song called ‘No Guns Allowed,’ because I’m supposed to be a gangster and we supposed to keep one onus at all times … But after looking at my life and what it is now and my kids, and all the things that go on in life, I feel like it should be no guns allowed.”
After the album, he will deliver a documentary with the same title at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It will feature Snoop making music and include personal aspects of his life.
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