We are all going to miss Snoop Dogg, the great hip-hop singer. Don’t worry he is not dying, but from now on he will consider himself the reincarnation of Bob Marley, also adopting the singer’s music genre: reggae.
Snoop Lion, the rapper’s new name, announced Monday at a news conference in New York that he was ‘born again’ when he made a trip to Jamaica in February and connected with Bob Marley’s spirit. It was then he took the decision to give up singing about gangsters, guns and killing, and create music that his ‘kids and grandparents can listen to.’
Now, ‘Bob Marley reincarnated’ prepares a new album called..of course… “Reincarnated”, which will be released this fall. Rohan, Bob Marley’s son, who also attended the conference, gave Snoop his blessing. Snoop Dogg visited a Jamaican temple where he was renamed Snoop Lion Berhane, the Ethiopian name signifying “light of the world.”
“I feel like I’ve always been Rastafarian,” Snoop said of the spiritual Jamaican movement.
After the conference he played five songs, among which one called “No Guns Allowed”, in which he included lyrics about his daughter and the needlessness of guns and violence. Snoop is known as an avid supporter of marijuana, only last month receiving a two-year ban from entering Norway after trying to get in the country with a small amount.
During his 35-day stay in Jamaica he grew closer to his wife and realized that from now on he wants to make music that his children can listen to too. Snoop Dogg, well-known for songs such as “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot,” said he is not entirely giving up hip-hop but that the genre doesn’t challenge him anymore.
“Reggae was calling … it’s a breath of fresh air,” he said. “Rap isn’t challenging; it’s not appealing.”
As weird as it may seem to see Snoop making reggae music, I’m looking forward to listening to his next album and also watch the documentary about his ‘reincarnation’, which will be released at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.