Snoop Dogg. Is changing his name to Snoop Lion. I pretty much love Snoop Dogg for his whole "thing" he does - I think it's funny. Although I had to quit following him on Twitter because it hurt my brain to try and decipher that jibba jabba. And I can only handle so many tweets about smoking weed.
And the name change? Eyeroll. Diddy already did it.
Warning - This article is from Fox News:
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.
Also, he's got a new name: Snoop Lion.
The artist said at a news conference Monday in New York that he was "born again" during a visit to Jamaica in February and is ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."
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."
Bob Marley's son Rohan attended the conference and gave Snoop his blessing.
"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."
Snoop didn't explain why he was switching from "Dogg" to "Lion," but it's likely a reference to the Lion of Judah, a religious symbol popular in Rastafarian and Ethiopian culture.
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."
"It's so tragic that people are doing stupid things with guns," he said.
Snoop, best known for hits like "Gin and Juice" and "Drop It Like It's Hot," is an avid supporter of marijuana rights and has been banned from entering Norway for two years after trying to enter the country with a small amount last month.
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."
The album was produced by Diplo and will feature Snoop singing. It will be released on Vice Records.
The album will be followed with a documentary of the same name, also produced by Vice. It features Snoop making music and will include some personal elements of his life, a producer of the film said. It will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
A coffee table book about Snoop's rebirth is also in the works.
"It feels like I'm 19 or 20 years old again," he said.
HA! Those are WAY better than Snoops. [clickity-click.] Following.
Is anybody following Cher? When I very first started a twitter account, I started following Kathy Griffin. And she was on a tear to get people to follow her good buddy, Cher, who was new to twitter. I thought that could be funny... OMG - what a disaster! I realized the other day that reading her tweets was very similar to a KOOOOL post.
I was wondering what would happen to all of the gangsta rappers when/if they managed to hit their twilight years. Glad to see he is transitioning to a more age appropriate venue. Nothing is more pathetic than an old man making young music.
Now if someone could please get that memo to Steven Tyler, it would be much appreciated.
Bob Marley died in 1981. Snoop Dogg was born in 1971. Can someone with a Twitter account please take a few moments to explain how reincarnation works to Snoop.
This message has been edited by Hepatitis_C on Aug 1, 2012 8:17 AM
There's something about Snoop that makes him likable but I'm not a fan of his genre of rap. And wasn't he collecting welfare benefits after he made it big? Didn't he take a limo to cash the check or something?
That and he's a scavanger.
Snoop Lion....eyeroll indeed.
But I still somehow like him!
I have vivid memories of Murder Was The Case being all controversial, and MTV only playing it after 10PM nights, and only after their 1/2 hour documentary that this was only a long-form music video, please people don't kill one another over it - reassuring me that this video wasn't reality, but only an artistic impression of one person's, Snoop Doggs, reality.
Nobody else I know seems to remember this overkill. Maybe I was just watching way too much MTV back then.
Please, Lion, Don't Hurt 'Em.
I stand in Squid's corner - I'll wait to actually hear it. The dudes surprised me before.
Yes, most of "Legend" makes me wish they'd play a different song by him. I always feel like the DJ is underestimating the crowd when they only play from that greatest hits album. But maybe they aren't.
I remember Snoop appearing on the Mtv Music awards at the same time he was wanted for questioning in a murder case. He and Dre either accepted an award or presented one and then slipped out the back before cops could nab Snoop. He turned himself in a few days later.
His bodyguard shot and killed a member of a rival gang (Snoop had admitted Crip affiliations)during an altercation.
He beat the charges because he was rich by the time it got to court.
This message has been edited by Hepatitis_C on Aug 1, 2012 10:52 AM
My first reaction from about a minute's listen: I'm not sure I like you pretending you have a Jamaican accent/dialect. I liked the music, though I'm not sure you broke any new ground with either the lyric or the beat.
Hmm. Enough to make me want a Red Stripe, but I wouldn't buy it.
I did LOL at the slideshow in that video ^^ when it got to the one of Snoop's face photoshopped onto a lion's body. That was hilarious. Then a couple later, Snoop was in the water with a female lion smoking a spliff. The lion was smoking. Who makes this stuff?? hahaha!!
Haters love to say that his gimmick made him, and I'll readily admit I first listened to him because of the Hasidic Jew doing reggae angle. But I kept listening to him because he's fucking talented. And, it's not a gimmick to him, it's just his life.
Imo, Katy Perry pretending to be slutty is a gimmick.
I heard Matisyahu and I immediately liked him. Then I saw him and I was kind of taken aback. Not what I expected but it definitely makes him more interesting and I like interesting. He was here in the Philly area a few weeks ago and I'm still kinda bummed I missed the show.