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Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr ;famously known as Snoop Dogg—announced last week that he will be officially changing his name. Snoop Dogg is no more; after going through a reincarnation he has adopted the name "Snoop Lion." Say what?!
This announcement of his reincarnation was definitely a shock and to be quite honest a disappointment, especially for his fans who had an appreciation for his rap and classic 90s music. But as much as Snoop's rebirth was a surprise, I must admit that it was quite funny and amusing.
On a trip to Jamaica, a Rastafarian priest apparently inspired the name change. Snoop Dogg had went to a temple, where a High Priest asked him what his name was. He answered, "Snoop Dogg." The priest apparently looked him in the eyes and said "No more. You are the light; you are the lion."
The change is not simply a spiritual rebirth—along with his name change, the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg has also decided to undergo an artistic rebirth. 'Snoop Lion' will no longer be rapping as he has chosen reggae as his path on his new journey.
Snoop Lion is even in the process of releasing a documentary about his reincarnated journey. The documentary follows Snoop Lion on his journey to Jamaica where he is influenced by Rastafarian culture. The documentary will premier at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7th. Will you be watching it?
As much as I'm a fan of Snoop Dogg's old school songs like "Gin & Juice" and "What's My Name" and much enjoyed his performance at the Orpheum in Vancouver, I am not a fan of this 'reincarnation' and will probably not be watching his documentary. I definitely think Snoop should stick to what he knows best. There is nothing wrong with being a hip-hop artist; his reggae alter-ego just doesn't cut it for me.