*Snoop is doing his Rasta thing for sure. Have you seen the man lately? He’s got Rasta locs… NOT A PERM! He was serious about this transformation.
But the real news is that he’s got something new for your ears.
He’s divorced gangster rhymes and sealed his soul to the earthy essence of Reggae in a new album and documentary film, “Reincarnated.”
“The biggest intent with this project is just to have a record that I’ll be able to perform everywhere,” Snoop Lion told the Grio at a listening session for his album in Los Angeles. “Right now, I have a record that I can perform at the Essence Awards, at the White House possibly, any stage around the world I can do these songs. I can go to elementary schools and do some of these songs off this record. I’ve always wanted to have songs that the kids can sing.”
What? Is it really so? No more booty shaking women and C-walking on stage?
He’s an older man now, a wiser Snoop. He added that the children are his motivation and keep him focused, reminding him why he’s on this new path.
Elementary school children would approach him, commenting how much they liked him and Wiz Khalifa in his recent movie.
“I’m like, ‘Man, whatchu doing watching that movie?’ I didn’t have anything for them, but they still with me. Young and wild and free. I gotta give them something that they can really stand on and sing,” he explained.
Assuring fans he’s still the same Snoop, he says he’s always going to be the Doggfather.
Check out the full interview here.
*Snoop Lion is not backing down to what the critics say about his new found home in Rastafarianism.
Some are saying his decision to grow locs and change his name is all a gimmick within the whole Hip Hop movement. In an interview with the Associated Press, the rapper explained that he’s here to stay with his peace lyrics and ganga style.
AP: What does Snoop Lion mean to you? In the movie we see Bunny Wailer give you the name because he said he didn’t want to call you a dog. That was his take on it.
Snoop: I don’t know what that take was because I’m going to always be Snoop Dogg. I can’t throw that person away and get rid of him. To me, the Lion is the growth of Snoop Dogg – me growing into the next phase of my musical career, the next phase of my life. But at the same time, I can never get rid of who I am. I’m an East Side Long Beach Rollin 20s Crip, first and foremost. … I’m Snoop Doggy Dogg, then I’m Snoop Dogg, then I’m Snoop Lion. But it’s all the same.
AP: In interviews since the film was made, Bunny has been skeptical of you. What’s your take on his criticism?
Snoop: I’ve done nothing but what I said I was going to do: Go to Jamaica, make a great record, intertwine with some people, build on some relationships and come back and bring something back to the community. … As far as what people feel about how I’m representing or misrepresenting, that’s for no man to judge. I’m here to do what I’m doing. This is my journey. And for those who don’t like it, I still got love for them.
Check out the full interview at Huffington Post.
*Don’t trip; Snoop Dogg isn’t completely divorcing the style we all know him for.
It’s like ‘they’ say, you can take the brotha out of the hood but you can’t take the hood out of the brotha.
His newfound love for Reggae music and commitment to rep Rasta all day isn’t void of some of that classic West Coast flavor. He’s Snoop; he don’t change.
He’s got a fresh look, but all he did was put on a few pins, add a dreadlock beanie and a bracelet. He can’t hide that Long Beach love. He wears it all over him.
But anyway, just in case some of you are worried that Snoop has left the building, he assures fans that he’s the same old Dogg, but with some new tricks.
“It’s gonna surprise people, but it’s an amazing record,” he said. “We have some almost rap stuff on the record, but there’s also a lot of singing, because he sings really well and there’s a lot of backing vocals.
“He was really studying Bob Marley,” added Diplo who produced Snopp’s new Reincarnation CD about the recording process. “He likes to have the female backing vocals, and it’s a real Marley-esque vibe. We [also] have some West Coast attitude with the production, and I’m really excited about it. It sounds amazing.”
Earlier this week, the rapper announced he was going Rasta and shared his new name, Snoop Lion. Inspired by some of the greatest reggae legends on the books, he said he was immersed in the Niyabinghi branch of Rastafari and has encountered a new stage in his life.