Not only has Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion, but he’s also announced that he will no longer be making new Hip Hop music.
The Globe and Mail explains how this change happened after Snoop spent some time in Jamaica:
The 40-year-old icon solidified his new musical direction at a press conference on Monday, where he announced a documentary to accompany his forthcoming album: Reincarnated. The feature-length film of the same name, which profiles his journey to Jamaica and resulting spiritual and artistic transformation, will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
To devoted hip-hop fans, the switch is a confusing break from a proud West Coast tradition. Lucky for skeptics (and subsequently ticket sales) the veteran rapper is keeping his two creative identities commendably separate.
If his latest festival appearance is any indication, Snoop is willing to give fans what they want: just the old school hits, nothing more. The new-found reggae artist passed at the chance to play his patois-inflected single La La La on Sunday, and instead dispensed nuggets of hip-hop trivia from his early years in the business.
Watch the trailer for Snoop Lion’s new documentary film above. A commenter on The Washington Post explained his or her interpretation of Calvin Broadus nee Snoop Dogg name change:
Pretty obvious why Snoop Dogg changed to Snoop Lion. The lion is the symbol of the Israelite tribe of Judah from which Jesus and King David descended. Also Philippians 3v2 says to look out for the dogs, look out for the evil workers. I am thinking Snoop did not want a name associated with evil workers. God bless the new creature Snoop.
What do you think of Snoop’s transformation?
How about his new name?
Will you see the film?