The artist we all have known as Snoop Dogg, has officially announced his new moniker, Snoop Lion, along with the upcoming release of his first Reggae album, Reincarnated.
Snoop detailed the unexpected spiritual journey that incited his latest evolution. “I had no plans on going to Jamaica, making a Reggae record or nothing,” he explained. “The spirit called me…it told me to find something that’s connected towards the Bob Marley spirit because I always thought I was Bob Marley reincarnated. It drew me to Jamaica.”
He continued, “It’s not Snoop Dogg on a Reggae track. I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion. But I didn’t know that until I went to the temple. The high priest, when I walked in, he asked what is my name. I said, ‘Snoop Dogg.’ He said, ‘No more…You are the light. You are the Lion.’ From that moment on, I had started to understand why I was there. We hadn’t even recorded one song, but I was taking all of this information and spirit.”
“I didn’t know what Snoop wanted,” said Diplo, describing his initial reaction when first approached about Reincarnated. “I didn’t know if was going to be Dancehall. But he loved the records that we were doing and he wanted to do real Reggae music. He wanted to sing and find a new voice and make good music.”
He’s excited about being able to perform songs suitable for “kids and [his] grandparents” and spoke at length about a song entitled “No Guns Allowed,” one of his personal favorites.
Looking forward to this new venture.