Snoop Dogg gangster hip hop rapper, now wants to be known as Bob Marley reincarnated self. He is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about. Also, he's got a new name: Snoop Lion; the Lion of Zion - snoopified !
The artist announced in New York on Monday that following a February visit to Jamaica he was "born again" into the culture and ways of Rastafarianism. He is now ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."
While he was in Jamaica he connected with the Spirit of Bob Marley and is now "Bob Marley reincarnated ." This event triggered a series of circumstances that lead to Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg) releasing a new album entitled "Reincarnated" in Autumn.
"I feel like I've always been Rastafarian ," Snoop said of the spiritual Jamaican movement where he was renamed Snoop Lion which must refer to the Lion of Judah, a religious symbol popular in Rastafarian and Ethiopian culture. He was also given the Ethiopian name Berhane, meaning "light of the world."
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.
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.
Snoop Dogg said he's not completely retiring from hip-hop but is "tired" of the genre because it is no longer challenging.
"It feels like I'm 19 or 20 years old again," he said.