Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. has been going by Snoop Dogg for more than two decades. But now, at 40-years-old, the famous pot-smoking rapper has finally matured and grown into a Snoop Lion.
Snoop is releasing a new reggae album, Reincarnated, which will introduce the world to his new persona.
“I basically let them know what I want. Its not that I want to become Snoop Dogg in a reggae track…I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion…. Rap is not a challenge to me. I had enough of that. It’s not appealing to me no more. I don’t have no challenges… I’m ‘Uncle Snoop’ in rap. When you get to be an uncle, you need to find a new profession so you can start over and be fresh again. I want to be a kid again. Now as a 40-year-old man, the artists call me Uncle Snoop, I gotta give ‘em something. I can’t keep taking them to a dead end street and dropping them off. I gotta teach ‘em how to fish, teach ‘em how to grow…”
Snoop has been in the rap game since the 1990s and has released several iconic albums. Doggystyle, The Dogfather, and Dr. Dre’s The Chronic, which featured Snoop Dogg on several tracks, cemented the Long Beach native in hip-hop history. But Snoop, who’s now over the hill, is ready to put the sex, violence, and profanity of his early career behind him.
Snoop Lion said:
“I’ve always wanted to perform for kids, my grand mother and people around the world that love me, can’t accept the music that I make. This reggae music is the music of love, happiness and struggle…. When I make records I like to come from the heart and records that means something, that’s gonna really change the world. And on this particular project, I had no planning on going to Jamaica, making a reggae record. The spirit called me. And, you know, anytime the spirit calls you, you gotta know that its serious.”
Here’s “La La La” from Snoop Lion’s new album, Reincarnated.
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