Gone are the cornrows. Cue the dreadlocks! Snoop Dogg’s recent name change to Snoop Lion just might challenge my all time WTF name change when Prince decided to go by that symbol. This was all sparked by a trip to Jamaica where Snoop (i’mma just go with that for now, LOL) found himself drawn to the Rastafarian religion and reggae music. It also represents a moment of artistic/spiritual reinvention for Snoop who will turn 41 on October 20th. Coming to our ear-waves will be a full length album aptly titled “Reincarnated.” This project also includes a documentary film by the same name that will debut at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival (see further down in this post for the trailer).
Don’t worry “Dogg” fans, he hasn’t shed all of his fur just yet. In an interview with the Associated Press, Snoop explains, “I’ll always make mixtapes and be featured on other rapper’s albums. You’re going to continue to hear Snoop Dogg. It’s just you’re gonna hear Snoop Lion more in the foreground because that’s where my music journey has led me to.”
VIDEO: AP interview with Snoop Dogg about name change and upcoming projects
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Are you ready for Snoop Lion?
- The Hollywood Reporter– Snoop Dogg says he’s ‘Bob Marley Reincarnated’, goes rasta for new project
- LA Times– Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion, announces album and film
- MTV RapFix– Snoop Dogg’s reggae career baffled Dr. Dre
- CNN– Snoop Dogg changes his name (video)
- New York Times– Snoop at Midlife: More Lion than Dogg