The artist we once knew solely as Snoop Dogg announced Monday that he's ready to leave his Doggy ways behind him as he focuses on creating reggae music under the name Snoop Lion.
"Rap is not a challenge to me," Snoop said Monday night at a press event in New York City, according to the Huffington Post.
"With no disrespect to other rappers, but they can't f*** with me in rap," he went on. "I've won every accolade you can get in rap, they call me 'Uncle Snoop' in rap. When you're an uncle, it's time to find something new ... I want to feel like a kid again."
The need to challenge himself seems to be part of the reason the legendary West Coast MC is releasing a reggae project called “Reincarnated" - just don’t look for him to rap on it.
"It's not that I want to become Snoop Dogg on a reggae track," Snoop said. "I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion. I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.' From that moment on, it's like I had started to understand why I was there."
Another reason he gave for his musical shift is a desire "to perform for kids and my grandmother, people around the world who really love me and can't really accept the music that I make," he told press. "This reggae music is music of love –happiness and sadness."
Snoop Lion’s debut single, “La La La,” is already out on iTunes.
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Wow! That actually sounds pretty interesting. It takes alot of guts for a rapper to want to actually change his image and reinvent themselves. Cudos to you Snoop Lion!
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Ohh i just love ur voice n music Snoop Lion...i knw its a gr8 change. I just was so impressed 2 know that ur songs are gonna be audible 4 others too from now on. KEEP IT UP
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snoop dogg was a stupid name too. Snoop lion is not much different. You're just used to hearing dog all the time.
I am not about to call him " snoop lion". He will always be known as snoop dogg to me. That's what I been calling him for over twenty years
snoop poop. this is garbage. drugs are bad kids. you better be high a heck to like this trash. come back to reality folks. sobriety rules!
100% PURE GARBAGE.
ALL u hatin fools learn how to spell the word REGGAE b 4 u start ur hatin really u haters gave hatin a bad name!!!! SNOOP LION MI SAY!!!!!
What kind of idiot corrects someone's spelling when they don't even have a simple grasp of the English language?
Here's what you typed:
ALL u hatin fools learn how to spell the word REGGAE b 4 u start ur hatin really u haters gave hatin a bad name!!!! SNOOP LION MI SAY!!!!!
It's you not u, before not b 4, your not ur, hating not hatin, me not mi
He was just a Snoop Dog, but now he's a lyin' Snoop Dog.
Or maybe I'm just giving him a bum rap...
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Haters. Snoop, I believe you have enough assets to survive comfortably for the rest of your life. Grow, be free, enjoy this life instead of being a servant and beer saleman. I like the new style, AND you're just a baby at it! Great things are coming for you again!
He should become Snoop Kitty Kitty instead of doggy it goes better with lion. Or just be the lion. Or just go smoke more Jamacian pot, these people have way too much time on their hands! get a life!
I blevieve he finally found that Multi million dollar recording studio over there which has a Garden PARIDISE;) out back.
Enjoy and be free!!
Not even snoop is immune to experiencing a mid-life crisis.
we have so many stars that have over 50 names. snoop will change again. by the way are you really cisco?
i like snoop. he's totally survived this and people seem to buy his cd's.
Everyone understand all this guy ever did was talk into a microphone right??? Not much musical talent there at all. How ever good his project is will be determined by the good musicians he gets to write and record songs for him so he can show up and speak a few words.
U guys need to stfu and let the man do what he wants
You, sir, are spot on.
Why did he speak so highly of himself . Their is way way way bigger. better. real Mcs out there. And they don't talk like snoop does. And my opinion on him is he couldn't keep it goin. He came up with few song. Few songs. And that's it. And not long ago he was on pop. Now he is snoop lion.?the name is insane.lol.. from dog he upgraded to lion. This great. Stay humble snoop lion. Can't wait for next name.
I CAN'T WAIT U
WHY DOESN'T HE JUST GET IT OVER WITH AND GIVE HIMSELF A "TRUE" NAME...YOU KNOW...'LIKE DUMB-ASS"!!
i rasta i smoke d ganja snoop badman praise jah bloodclaud
this better be the wrong tom about the punch..last time i was not ready, this time i am.
iif this is the wrong tom ... then apologies
i cant take this seriously.... thats the dumbest name EVER. snoop lion?
I thought it was 'Snoop smacking my b!tches and ho's for real yo'????
who is this?
Or maybe it should be changed to "Snoop Dog Poop". Then it would be indicative of his Rap CRAP.
Should have changed his name to "Lion Snoop" and it would have been a correct description of who he is.
I like Snoop (sometimes) + I love reggae = can't wait to hear Snoop Lion
this guy has been nothin since he started.... too bad today's audience's settle for the absolutely mediocre... and think that it is talent... but...that's what the machine has created....garbage in ...garbage out... and people who have talent or were around when talent existed are considered "has beens".....
go to work-like snoop does.
Why isn't this guy in jail?
Next, Snoop will change his name to "The Artist Formally Known as Snoop Dog." After that he'll just come up with a symbol representing his metaphysical self.
..... can you say: "Prince?"
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when your with the right person you want to smooth yourself down. i was a notorious party person, when i met jean i myself decided to cool down. i still go the games, have dinner with the guys after work but i'm not out late like before because i want get home to her. sappy but true.
Welcome to the Movement Snoop.... Now you have experienced Divinity. .... Enlightment is given too some NOT all. Remember many are called but few are chosen... I just can't figure out what you will do with the sacrifice of your soul, which you spoke of on Murder Was The Case. Luckily Our Father God Most High, is a FORGIVING GOD.......
this media beats vacation..no really.
Snoop Lion ... really?
If you want to reinvent yourself, make good music
"Why I changed my name"
Because i ran out of money and wanted to be reborn into the medias attention even though I made cr@p rhythmic noises for a living. Its should be considered a felony that he makes more money than me considering what he produces and I work in a hospital IT department.
lol. dude works way harder than you ever will.
show you new boyfriend what you have when you trust him.–
you need a cp account in creedmore
Flushing a toilet isn't a challenge, either. Why don't you do something that requires reading. Oh. That's right, never mind. No content in this character, either...
enough done..we all have work to do. keep moving.
just hope it wasn't you boo
the end of his career
thats a ridiculous move
whos gonna listen to that
jamaica and all Jamaicans .
THIS IS FOR THE PERSON WHO THREATENING ME WITH MY FUNDS...KEEP MOVING...
YOU CAN FIND FLORIDA BUT YOU CAN'T FIND CJ? IS THIS A WOMAN NO PUN INTENDED? HA
GOTCHA IT REALLY CAN HOCK...
I LOVE SNOOP
I remember the first time Bristol Palin was on DWTS. She managed to launch her buttplug half way across the stage. Then the janitor picked it up because he thought it was a chew toy.
We are desperate for news today! His name change is only to capture a little free press as he has nothing else to do so. He is so disappointing on so many levels.
Snoop Lion, he should have changed his name to Snoop J. Shark, for "jump the shark". There is no reinventing his lame as$ no-talent act. Time to retire Calvin.
i ever get a beep like that again..i'll see you in court. get lost.
you are a faktard sir. eat a dik
you looking for me?
Seriously, I been lookin for you. I just went out to find you and if I get back before I return, tell me to wait here Fakard
Wha meh fo say he need to wuk on D reggae accent ah lil more :) He got meh Vote:)
if this was april one i would say "he lyin"
I'm glad he is doing the 'Roots' reggae instead of the annoying new synthetic raggea that has come about in the last decade. I'll dig it and listen, good work.
Look what i found on Fox News, I guess right wingers find it important news as well.
C'mon Snoop Doddy Dogg or Snoop Dogg or Snoop (whatever you were originally going with). Bottom line is that you are now 40 something and its time to do something else more mature. I mean, the man has all the accolades and kudos in the rap game and plenty of cash. Why not direct some of that cashflow into doing something more positive. In my opinion, Raggae is not for you bro!!!! But then again most reggae singers blow weed and become rastafarian etc...so I guess for the sake of the weed you smoke its another way to make the behavior seem acceptable.
Elvis has been deal for 30 years now... pick another name
i got something for you to bite.
A black man givin up "Doggy Style" – unheard of.
Trying something new. Something a little less misogynistic perhaps. This is a joke, right? Is he listening to his old lyrics and realizing what a ghetto d bag he's been? When his grand daughters ask to hear his music, he'd like to play something where women aren't constantly referred to as ho's and b****es. Epic fail.
me too... nothing like a morning hands on to start the day....
i'm "hands on" kinda guy –
Good thing he's not full of himself.
I don't think i like the name change but i'm curious to hear the album. rap isn't my kinda music really, i like rock/metal/grunge, but i love snoop dogg its his that sets him apart. i cant tell t.i. from tpain but i know snoop. even my redneck brother who listens to hank williams and nitty gritty dirtband likes snoop. Guess it's time to mob with the pride instead of the dogpound bee-otch
iTS GREAT THAT SNOOP IS CHALLENGING HIMSELF. BUT HE DIDNT HAVE TO CHANGE HIS NAME. IT SOUNDS DUMP. BUT REGGAE IS GREAT CHOICE, ITS AMUSIC OF LOVE, HAPPINES, & HOPE.. & AS A JAMAICAN MYSELF ITS GREAT TO HEAR A INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR WANT TO DO REGGAE MUSIC B/C WE NEED A GLOBAL LEADER.. WE HAVEN'T HAD ONE SINCE TOSH & BOB.. ONE LOVE SNOOP LION
Did you forget about Mr.Jimmy Cliff?
you made sure you wrote it all in Capital letters to be noticed
Wrong move Snoop
thats the end
snoop Doggy Dog s career
thats definitely a Backward step
if he wanted to change , he culd have acted more matrely and stop hanging around little thugs .
Jamaica and all Jamaicans, i dont like these people
I'm far from that dude. Go smoke & snort meth and kill more brain cells f@££ot
it best hands down
Your a loser and others win take the loss
Hahaha..... this has to grow on me. He should have featured on a few reggae hits first. You are right B-Ran it does take courage. I wish more rappers thought about the kids and older adults as well.
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Whatever Floats his boat... wish him the best
who cares .. everybody knows snoops been smoking weed for 35 years. he says it helps his creativity. LOL
Come out as a weed smoker??? Do you even know who Snoop Dogg is? The dude has been one of the biggest celebrity advocates for weed smoking since forever!!
Sarcasm, dude. Don't you know sarcasm when you see it?
as we know rap is not music, anyway. It is just rapping, or talking but not music. Its also limiting unlike music which can be an infinite not combinations
This guy wins the "Dumbest Statement Someone Can Make" award.
Lolololololololololol I'm not a troll but YOU are very ignorant. Found what? You mean you found your itty bitty di(k
someone get me whatever he's smokin stat
comme to amsterdam you all yah man and smoke the dogs dope
Yes,consider me bored to tears to even respond to such dribble however it can't possibly even come close to your complete lack of judgement to think for a second that ANYONE other you clowns at CNN would give a flying fig about a hood rat
named 'snoop dog' changing his hood rat name to 'snoop lion?!
Seriously,that's news worthy to to all you left wing nut jobs?
Keep uo the good work!
A right winger named Shelly? Hmmm. Definitely needs a name there padnuhs!
Fo Real !!
It's in the entertainment section moron. Not that I'd expect a right wing nut job to understand anything beyond their own fantasy world.
Snoop Lion....hahahahahahahaha... Really.. get a clue.. You sucked all these years in the rapp world and now you suck in the reggae music world.. the fake accent sucks too. Rap is not hard like so many stated above. you go into rapp when U have no talent. you change music when you realize you suck too. you going to reggea is like a rocker going to country. they do it cause they suck at rock. a great example... KID ROCK!!! Now you can SUCK together...
haha are you an idiot? snoop dogg sucks at rap? get out from under a rock.
kill yourself..... Creatively
yep! An idiot indeed! Such an idiot in fact that you put your email address where it clearly asked for a name. Well Done email@example.com!!
So why don't you hook up with him. You are obviously a mental match for him. Together you have the brains of a rock.
Now everyone knows Snoop was HHIIGGHH as hell when the priest told him to change his name lol!
snoop gone be the first mudda sucka to die from smokin too much weed...kiss my ass, so what!
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You will no longer be L'il Dice, you shall now be L'il Ze!! W-ha... W-ha... W-ha...
If u really owned studios and made millions as u say u wouldn't have to look for kind bud ud have it. And ur post states u couldn't get into rap but made money off wanna be rappers. Ur a fckn fake and a phony. So Pffff and Roll me spleef. "Stop, st, stop, stop,st, stop lying" (slick rick track so u become knowledgeable)
He's gotta be lion lol
I think it's great for him to do something different. Life is all about change and positive change and uplifting messages will make Snoop Lion prosper. With his age and having kids it's time now to reinvent himself and go on the positve vibe. I will buy this new album and good luck.
Safety under the protective wing of Major Lazer. Watch him fail when he tries to go out on his own.
Does that mean he is willing to donate his bejeweled Snoop Dogg paraphernalia as I could use a serious donation right about now.
Get an extra job b itche.
Snoop is not trying to sound Jamaican, he is just doing his thing. Following his heart. Rastafarian culture is not limited to Jamaica, its all over Africa and any other African Country along with a lot of Countries in Europe, North America, Central America, South America, and Asia. Niabingi drum beat is sick. When you smoke weed, you are not gonna sing rock and roll or some type of up tempo music. You got to be taking coke for that. If you are a genuine weed smoker Reggae is gonna be your music of choice, whether its Jamaican Reggae, American Reggae, African Reggae, European Reggae etc. Snoop is a real Ganja Smoker.
I beg to differ with ya there, youngin. I listen only to classic rock. Now, excuse me while I go get a treat from my garden. Reggae, my azz.
Wooo weeee he is way too bright for me eyes with those colors.
fer real That's all you got I tells you this he's a fer real man maybe fed up with all the killings and hard drugs and wants the man to slow down and realize that selling and pushin drugs ain't living no way no how. may be he want the man to understand that the chains of the south are gone but he that is involed with hard drugs is just a slave to a collumbain drug lord. what do you think
I think it's cool that he is changing. Reggae is cool. I dig the king of Reggae himself Bob
Marley. My brother loved him. Sometimes it just takes meeting one person to make one changes their ways. A "wise" man said...humm ...if I can remember what he said on the video. Something about God directing one path. Oh shoots..I have to check it out later and see. Anyway..good for him. I'm glad he is trying to do the right thing. I wish him well.
I thought he did it to try and get into countries that wouldn't let him in before. Snoop Dog...no entrance. Snoop Lion...come on in!
I tend to agree with @Roll me a spleef, Snoop. I've been playing guitar since I was 12. It's fun, tough, a challenge, your worst enemy and your sweet mistress all rolled up in one. Rap "artist" have some crap machines to make "beats" and then they randomly string words that rhyme together. The ryhming patterns is ALWAYS the same. It is a total crap style of music that anyone with half a brain and a laptop can do. It's terrible and there is no real "art" to it. It is the blue light special of music. The lowest common denominator. No real talent or need to play an instrument requires. A side note: I think hip hop is pretty good. Most of these guys have an actual band, talent, and something to say other than how many people they banged, how much money they made, or how awesome they are. Ugh, BOOOORRRRRIIINNNGGGG...
Really??? Snoop Lion lol.....does not flow well together at all....keep the Dogg!
I RECENTLY HAVE BEEN READING A LOT ABOUT BUDDISM MYSELF AFTER TRYING 1ST CHIRSTIAN AND ISLAM..LIFE IS A QUEST TO ATTIN A HIGHER CONSCIOUSNES..IM SURE snoop lion will rap again but I wish him well on his choice of living and being
I had to look at the calendar to make sure it wasn't April still. Are you serious? This article isn't a reader made joke? This sounds like something I'd read on The Onion or that would appear in a South Park episode. Good luck senor Snoop Lion.
Ok Snoop, I mainly listen to Burning Spear, Steel Pulse, all the Marley bros. and the Melody makers, Shaggy, Sean Paul, and Bob Marley and I actually think you sound pretty good, I'd buy it !!! Snoop has such a distictive voice he sounds good on anything !!!
Don't you think that a real name change would be to Dogg Snoop?
whatever......a morale bankrupt peice a crap will still be a ditto whatever the NAME!!
I first heard Snoop Doggy Dog's music back around 1993 blaring from my then 14 year old daughter's bedroom.I didn't care for him then and 19 years later my daughter says she can't believe she ever liked him.She's grown up Snoop"Lion"needs to retire.
Is he really trying to sound Jamaican? REALLY?!! Sorry SNOOP DOG we all know your from South Central and not Jamaica, it ain't gonna work!!!
Pulleeeasse...rap is not a challenge to me...you haven't made good rap in at least a decade. The moment everything turned into forshnizzle my dizzle bs is when you jumped the shark. Snoop Lion...this is almost as bad as the white guy with dreads...it's sad when you try to hang on so hard when you're getting old. Just count your money while fading away into oblivion...stop embarassing yourself.
@3:O3pm if rap is so easy then why don't you do it and make a few million this year instead of working at Best Buy and living in your mom's basement you envious idiot.
Anyone can own a recording studio too idiot! If you made millions on your two, you'd be out there enjoying it and really not giving a Fuk about Snoop's name change. Instead you sit there bullsh!tting to the world about your fake a$$ life when no one gives a flying Fuk! Quit it with the hating on rap. It takes talent and I 100% agree with Ralph that if you think it's so damn easy, get out there and try it yourself. See how far you get...
Rap sucks. You will never change my mind about that. Not when there's so much better stuff out there.
I like the words and the music, but I have to get used to Snoop not rapping. But all the best on the new endevor!
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