It’s Not Snoop Dogg, It’s Snoop Lion
August 1, 2012
Born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., the man better known as Snoop Dogg has gone through many stages and changes in his career and personal life. A pioneer in the West Coast gangster rap scene, Snoop decided to give up rapping and turn to reggae. He wants to make a full album that ”kids and grandparents can listen to.”
This isn’t the first major change Snoop has made in his life. In 2008 he converted to Mormonism, then converted to Islam. Still searching, Snoop explored the Rastafarian movement firsthand in Jamaica. He was given the Ethiopian name Berhane, meaning “light of the world.” “Dogg” to “Lion” is “likely a reference to the Lion of Judah, a religious symbol popular in Rastafarian and Ethiopian culture.”
Whether this is for real or a publicity stunt, it sure is interesting and has caught my attention. The new album Reincarnated was produced by Diplo and will be released on Vice Records. A documentary under the same name will premier at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Watch the trailer below.
One thing’s for certain, Snoop will be missed in the rap/hip hop scene. His Coachella performance with Dr. Dre and the hologram 2pac is a pretty darn good note to end on though, and personally, I am eager to see what’s next.
Listen to his first single “La La La” below and purchase it here.
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