From Dogg to Lion? Snoop Dogg is the latest rapper to join in on the name change fad, but he’s blaming the renaming on a spiritual rebirth, not just a mid-life crisis.
Not only has the “Gin and Juice” rapper decided to change his name, he has also decided to ditch rap for reggae music.
Snoop Lion, who is chronicling his spiritual journey for an upcoming documentary, received his new name from Rastafarian priests during a recent trip to Jamaica.
Snoop explained, “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 at me in the 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.”
Although this trip to Jamaica holds specific importance for Lion, he has always felt a connection to the country and its culture. He told reporters, “I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated. I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didn’t have my third eye open, but it’s wide open right now.”
Snoop has been rapping for about 20 years and is looking forward to musical change and growth. He has grown tired of rap, and wants to express himself in a new way to make him feel young again.
The documentary that follows Snoop’s journey to being “born again” will be released on September 7th at the Toronto International Film Festival. The first reggae single to be dropped by Snoop Lion is entitled “La La La.”