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Taking Names: Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion, readies reggae CD
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Also, he’s got a new name: Snoop Lion.
The artist said at a news conference Monday in New York that he was “born again” during a visit to Jamaica in February and is ready to make music that his “kids and grandparents can listen to.”
“I feel like I’ve always been Rastafarian,” Snoop said of the spiritual Jamaican movement. While there, he said, he visited a temple, was renamed Snoop Lion and 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.
Snoop, best known for hits like “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” is an avid supporter of marijuana rights and has been banned from entering Norway for two years after trying to enter the country with a small amount last month.
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.
“As a 40-year-old man … I’ve got to give them something,” he said. “That’s what you do when you’re wise.”
Snoop Dogg said he’s not completely retiring from hip-hop but is “tired” of the genre because it is no longer challenging.
“Reggae was calling … it’s a breath of fresh air,” he said. “Rap isn’t challenging; it’s not appealing.”
The album was produced by Diplo and will feature Snoop singing. It will be released on Vice Records.
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