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- Updated: July 31, 2012
American Rapper Snoop Dogg has changed his name to – Snoop Lion and says he is tired of hiphop,40-year-old, Snoop whose real name is Calvin Broadus, Jr., believes that he is Bob Marley reincarnated and is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about.
The artist said at a news conference on Monday in New York that he was ‘born again’ during a visit to Jamaica in February, and is ready to make music that his ‘kids and grandparents can listen to.’
The former gangster rapper is releasing a reggae album called Reincarnated in the fall.He said that in Jamaica, he connected with Bob Marley’s spirit and is now ‘Bob Marley reincarnated.’
Marley’s son Rohan attended the conference and gave Snoop his blessing.’I feel like I’ve always been Rastafarian,’ Snoop said of the spiritual Jamaican movement.
Snoop, best known for hits like Gin and Juice and Drop It Like It’s Hot, is an avid supporter of marijuana rights and has been banned from entering Norway for two years after trying to enter the country with a small amount last month.He said that in Jamaica, where he stayed for 35 days, he grew closer to his wife, who saw his transition. He added that he’s excited to perform music that his family and children can listen to.’As a 40-year-old man … I’ve got to give them something,’ he said. ‘That’s what you do when you’re wise.’
Snoop Dogg said he’s not completely retiring from hip-hop but is tired of the genre because it is no longer challenging.’Reggae was calling … it’s a breath of fresh air,’ he said. ‘Rap isn’t challenging; it’s not appealing.’
The album was produced by Diplo and will feature Snoop singing. It will be released on Vice Records. “It feels like I’m 19 or 20 years old again,” he said.