NEW YORK (AP) — Snoop Dogg says he was “born again” during a visit to Jamaica in February, is changing his name to Snoop Lion and is ready to make music that his “kids and grandparents can listen to.”
The artist known for gangster rap is releasing a reggae album called “Reincarnated” in the fall.
The West Coast rapper held a news conference in New York on Monday. Later he played five songs for a small crowd, including one called “No Guns Allowed.” It features his daughter.
The album will be followed with a documentary of the same name. It features him making music and will include some personal elements of his life, a producer of the film said. It will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
Let me clarify… I hate the name change to Snoop Lion. I love the idea of a new beginning. But changing your name in an attempt to ‘reincarnate’ yourself? Stop that. This is a publicity stunt to stay relevant. You’re Snoop Dogg. You want to change… you want to inspire? Awesome. Do it as Snoop Dogg. Don’t be the guy that gansta raps, gets charged for murder, smokes weed all the time, and makes pornos in your backyard. Change all that. Awesome. But don’t change your name.
Besides, you know how long it took me, in Jr. High, to memorize… it’s the capital S, oh yes I’m fresh, N double-O P, D O double G Y, D O double G, ya see? Real long.