Newly-Named Snoop Lion Says He Feels He Is 'bob Marley Reincarnated'
Snoop Dogg has been involved in every type of genre over his 20-plus year illustrious career and it seems now the rapper is preparing himself for an even bigger challenge which involves the birth of a new name: 'Snoop Lion…'
The artist officially announced his new title along with the upcoming release of his first Reggae album, 'Reincarnated'. Snoop unveiled the details of his unexpected spiritual journey that incited his latest evolution in a news conference in New York yesterday: ''I had no plans on going to Jamaica, making a reggae record or nothing," he explained to the media members in attendance.
"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 then explained how his new name came to light: “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.”
'Reincarnated' is a three piece project which involved the solo album, a selection of photographs shot by Los Angeles photographer Willie T and a short documentary film shot by VICE Media detailing the evolution and growth of Snoop's journey as an artist.
Snoop also spoke at length about a new song entitled 'No Guns Allowed,' telling us why it is one of his best records. "[This journey] helped me to tap into something that I have never been able to," he said. "I could never make a song called 'No Guns Allowed' because I'm supposed to be a gangster... But after looking at the world for what it is now, and my kids, and all the things that go on in life, I feel like there should be no guns allowed."
A release date has not yet been set for the reggae album 'Reincarnated.'
Words: Kristian Galea (@KrisSoAppalled)