So Snoop went to Jamaica a Dogg but returned a Lion after a religious and artistic awakening.
Born Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., Lion has always felt a special connection with Jamaica’s most celebrated music legend, according to news.com.au. “I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated,” Lion said. “I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didn’t have my third eye open, but it’s wide open right now.”
Snoop Dogg wants you to know that he’s tired of hip-hop, is Bob Marley reincarnated and is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about.
The artist said at a news conference Monday in New York that he was “born again” during his visit to Jamaica in February and is ready to make music that his “kids and grandparents can listen to.”
“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,” he explained at a press conference.
The former gangster rapper is releasing a reggae album called “Reincarnated” in the fall. He said that in Jamaica, he connected with Bob Marley’s spirit and is now “Bob Marley reincarnated.”
“I feel like I’ve always been Rastafarian,” Snoop said of 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.”
“I’ve been on the top ever since I’ve been in it,” he explained. “I got rap songs that will never die. And that ain’t with no disrespect but I’m tired of rap.”
“It’s so tragic that people are doing stupid things with guns,” he said.
While in the studio, he distanced himself from his musical past by referring to Snoop Dogg in the third person. “F*** Snoop Dogg. Don’t think about none of the s*** he rapped about: hustling and making money and drug-dealing and shooting. All that s***’ll be out of here,” he said to his collaborators in the studio.
He said that in Jamaica, where he stayed for 35 days, he grew closer to his wife, who saw his transition. He added that he’s excited to perform music that his family and children can listen to.
“As a 40-year-old man … I’ve got to give them something,” he said. “That’s what you do when you’re wise.”
Snoop Dogg said he’s not completely retiring from hip-hop but is “tired” of the genre because it is no longer challenging.
“Reggae was calling … it’s a breath of fresh air,” he said. “Rap isn’t challenging; it’s not appealing.”
Later, he played five songs for a small crowd, including one called “No Guns Allowed.” It features his daughter and includes the lyrics, “No guns allowed in here tonight, we’re going to have a free for all, no fights.”
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Snoop Lion seems dedicated to the cause. He’s created a Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr and has reached out to celebrities through Twitter — such as the Kardashians, Martha Stewart and Rihanna — to send them “postive vibes” and links to “La La La.”
Though some fans may be surprised to hear of Snoop’s name change and genre exploration, it’s not the artist’s first time doing either. In 1998, the artist born Calvin Broadus, Jr., dropped “Doggy” from his monkier, Snoop Doggy Dogg. As far as beding genres, Snoop sung on the country ode to weed,”Roll Me Up,” alongside Willie Nelson back in April.
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