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Hip Hop Star Snoop Dogg Changes His Name To Snoop Lion “He Now Quits Rap And Goes Reggae For ‘Reincarnation’ “

Snoop Dogg has changed his name to snoop Lion

(CNN) – Rapper Snoop Dogg announced Monday that he’s burying his name and old career, all because of a religious experience with Rastafari, an Afrocentric religion with origins in Jamaica. Snoop Dogg wants to be called Snoop Lion and instead of rapping on his latest album now he’ll be singing reggae.

“I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion,” he said at a Monday press conference. “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,” Snoop said, “it’s like I had started to understand why I was there.”

Snoop Lion has a new single, “La la la,” and a documentary “Reincarnated,” which follows his recent trip to Jamaica and chronicles his conversion experience. It debuts at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

The rapper (born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.) has announced he is changing his name to Snoop Lion. This is the third time he’s changed his name (he was previously known as Snoop Doggy Dogg), but he seems serious about it — he even updated his Twitter handle.
“I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion,” he said at a news conference in New York, revealing that the new name was bestowed upon him by Rastafarian priests during a trip to Jamaica in February 2011.
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The 40-year-old “Boom” hit-maker explained that he visited a temple while in Jamaica. “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.'”
Snoop’s “rebirth” also includes his musical style. The man who believes he is “Bob Marley reincarnated” has traded in the gangsta rap genre that made him famous in order to focus on reggae music, which he called the “music of love.”

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39 Responses to Hip Hop Star Snoop Dogg Changes His Name To Snoop Lion “He Now Quits Rap And Goes Reggae For ‘Reincarnation’ “

  1. Hater

    August 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    First comment!LOL.FWAKA RELOADED


    August 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm


  3. chellah

    August 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

    weed ba snoop….

  4. Katongo

    August 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm


  5. umuzombiki

    August 2, 2012 at 7:15 pm

    reincanation my ac? U porn star!

  6. Warren

    August 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    Elolyanya nomba

  7. nandipak

    August 2, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    as we grow older we need to get rid of certain names,snoop dog,would never work ten years 4rm nw ,as a grandfather

  8. Rasta

    August 2, 2012 at 8:19 pm

  9. Ras James

    August 2, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Babylon!! Yah man,no sin in changing…ku de among yuh neigbor n chant songs af redemptian 2 jah n never mind da bomboclat u here frm da Hulligans..1love 1way 1pipo..

  10. Illest Nigg3r

    August 2, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Just an excuse to sm0ke em weed l0l…ok but serious this is hahaha… 2pac is cursing in the grave mayne another hit em up coMIng s00n hehe ati sn00p li0n…iye!

  11. Go Getta

    August 2, 2012 at 11:57 pm

    Hahaha………Snoop Low is more like it! Chambaology at work.

  12. Spinner87

    August 3, 2012 at 1:12 am

    ati 2pac is cursin… cant wait to add that new track to ma collection. another Hit-Em Up. sick it will be.

  13. kakolwe

    August 3, 2012 at 2:02 am

    When he visits Kasama he will become ‘Snoopy Kolwe kolwe’

  14. Pioneer

    August 3, 2012 at 7:06 am

    His Emperial Majesty Haile Sellaise Ras Tafari Mackonnen, was NOT God the Almighty, but a humble servant of Him in the untamed Afrika. Snoop blah blah… Turn to Jesus Christ, The Giver of Life, and Life to the fullest. Reggae is music for the living, and not for the dead like you.

  15. Malcolm Zilekeni Balley

    August 3, 2012 at 8:15 am

    Add or Subscribe me on facebook just click on my name…

  16. Thats whats up !

    August 3, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Yaa the middle name “Weed” stays…hallo?

  17. Thief Justice

    August 3, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Just doesn’t sound right… Snoop Lion?? aweh

  18. Kwa george

    August 3, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Excuse to smoke weed , find sales and rekindle diminishing publicity.
    A dog and lion still remain animals.
    God is watching.

  19. Mama Region

    August 3, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Weed! It makes you do crazy things, especially if sourced from bana Haduunka in Chimwemwe, Section E.

  20. Wanyafye Tigers

    August 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Snoop Lion, welcome to Chomolier City! (Chamboli).

  21. sinazeze

    August 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

    welcome aboard.we will take you to babylon by bus-snoopy lion

  22. isaac

    August 3, 2012 at 10:52 am

    Now you will understand what peace means, love for man kind and those who are oppressed.Through reggae you’ll never go wrong.Keep it up “Snoop Lion” Jah Rasta Farai the conquering Lion of the tribe of Juda.

  23. Na

    August 3, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Weed at work.

  24. Chimbwi No Plan

    August 3, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    @Kakolwe you have cracked my ribs! Ati when Snoop visits Kasama he will become Snoop Kolwe Kolwe ha ha ha ha ha ha walipena boyi.

  25. Nemwine

    August 3, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hahahaha at long last the dog which looked like a goat is growing up.let this fella visit chipata also so that he can also become snoop mbeba mbeba.

  26. NKOLE

    August 3, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    haaa ba Pk babuka kubafwa nangu mwana .

  27. Kwa george

    August 3, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    The best will be : snoopy ngombe ngombe – ku southern!!!!!!!

  28. crazy dude

    August 3, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    No!!he will be Snoop Buchende at east point night club.

  29. as right

    August 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    yayayaayayayaya weed smoking passport…ati snoop lion,he looked straight in my eyes and said you are the light u r now called snoop weed ooh sorry snoop

  30. princess

    August 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    ati snoopy lion my ass, marabishi.

  31. HH

    August 5, 2012 at 9:27 am

    dog style,porn star wat will he offer the reggae industry?

  32. AS RIGHT

    August 6, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    when he visits dolphin club in ndola..hell change his name to snoopy nyenge nyenglin lol

  33. phillo

    August 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm


  34. SEF

    August 9, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Now this istotal madness of the waste kind.

  35. Doggy style

    August 11, 2012 at 10:29 am

    More dope to smoke.It’s a doggy doggy world.

  36. M.Z

    August 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Ma Idea ya sila ba snoop. Ka goneni monga muzanu Cisco…

  37. tombist

    August 13, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    atase,ba snoop….mwalibaela ilibishi? but somehow i understand the brother coz there is no peace in rap indusry,jah bless.elo kala ondelako pantu kulalyafe imisalu

  38. dfghj

    August 17, 2012 at 4:55 am


  39. zozo

    August 17, 2012 at 9:39 am

    welcome Jah one Love Respect