Snoop Dogg has joined the ranks of delusional musicians and athletes who change their names mid-career. “I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion,” he told journalists at a news conference in New York yesterday. This spiritual and artistic rebirth came about while the artist was in Jamaica, where the new name was bestowed upon him by Rastafarian priests.
“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.”
Given his newfound outlook on life, Snoop’s next album will be entirely reggae. “There comes a point where you say I done it all, or there isn’t much more to do,” he said, adding, “With no disrespect to other rappers, but they can’t f*ck with me in rap … I’ve won every accolade you can get .” [The Insider]
Check out today’s Morning Cable for the DL on Snoop ‘Lion’s’ documentary coming to TIFF this fall!