Snoop Dogg goes reggae
Snoop Dogg has always been known for his smooth rhymes and love of hip hop clothes, but the rapper has confirmed he will be switching up his sound. Fox News reports the music legend will now be changing gears to focus on creating reggae music rather than gangster rap. One more thing - he's also changing his name to Snoop Lion.
Snoop Lion made this announcement recently at a press conference in New York City. He told reporters he was "born again" after experiencing the culture of Jamaica during a trip there back in February. He added he's looking to make music that "kids and grandparents can listen to."
During his 35-day vacation in Jamaica, Snoop admitted he grew closer to his wife as well as to his children. Taking his newfound peace to heart, Snoop is excited to sing and rap about positive ideas rather than gun violence and other negative experiences. He added reggae challenges him, whereas rap no longer does.
"Reggae was calling ... it's a breath of fresh air," Snoop told the crowd. "Rap isn't challenging, it's not appealing."
The former rapper believes during his visit in Jamaica, he grew spiritually closer to the late Bob Marley, even going as far as to say that he is "Bob Marley reincarnated." His first reggae album, which he hopes to release this fall, will be titled "Reincarnated."
"I wanted to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion, but I didn't know that until I went to the temple and received the name Snoop Lion from the Nyabingi priest," Snoop said in a statement according to the Los Angeles Times. "From that moment on, I started to understand why I was there and was able to create something magical in this ['Reincarnated'] project ... something I haven't done before in my career."
Snoop played five new songs for the fans and reporters at the press conference, including one titled "No Guns Allowed," Fox News reports. His youngest child, daughter Cori, sang on the track with him to lyrics like "No guns allowed in here tonight, we're going to have a free for all, no fights."
The release of the album will coincide with a documentary about his journey and a book detailing the trip is also in the works.
Whatever he decides to go by, fans of Snoop Dogg or Lion can emulated his laid back style by purchasing the LRG Grand Tour Tank Top.