I love reggae but I never would've imagined I'd listen to a reggae album one day by Snoop Dogg, well, Snoop Lion. Snoop dogg has announced that he's changing his name to Snoop Lion and releasing a reggae album on August 3rd, called 'Reincarnated.'
This is definitely pretty interesting and bold. The new song called 'La La La' sounds really nice. I can't wait to hear some more.
Listen to snoop's new reggae song
The rise and fall of Snoop Dogg
Snoop dogg has officially changed his name to Snoop Lion. Many don't know that this is the second name change. He was first known as Snoop Doggy Dogg.
Snoop lion's real name is actually, Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. born in 1971 which makes him 40 like JayZ.
Snoop Lion said that when a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica asked him what his name was he replied, "sSnoop dogg," for which the priest looked him in the eye and replied back "No more. You are the light; you are the lion."
Snoop lion told news.com.au "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."
"I've been on the top ever since I've been in it," he explained. "I got rap songs that will never die. And that ain't with no disrespect but I'm tired of rap."
He said to his collaborators in the studio: "F*** Snoop Dogg. Don't think about none of the s*** he rapped about: hustling and making money and drug-dealing and shooting. All that s***'ll be out of here,"
Snoop lion was a part of the crip gang and arrested for cocaine possession right after high school graduation. When he got out of jail is when he got his first start in the music industry doing rap collaborations on Dr. Dre's the Chronic album released on December 15 in 1992. The chronic was Dr. Dre's first solo album.
And Snoop Lion came out with his first solo album called "Doggystyle" in 1993 which was one of the fastest selling rap albums until eminem's Marshall matters LP in 2000. Doggystyle also reached the number 1 spot on the US billboard charts.
3 popular songs on the Doggystyle album were "Gin & Juice," "Ain't no fun" and "What's my name" which contained a hook of female singers singing his original moniker "snoop doggy dogg."
In 1996 he released the doggfather album which sold half as well as doggy style. In 1998 the game is to be sold, not told. In 1999 no limit top dog. In 2000 the last meal. In 2002 paid the cost to be da boss
He did 3 more albums from 2004 - 2009, and his most recent album and his last rap album was called "Doggumentary" released in 2011.
In 2002 Snoop directed a porno produced by Hustler called "Snoop dogg's doggystyle."
In 2001 he did voiceover for the King of the Hill TV show for a character named Alabaster Jones, a white pimp.
Snoop played a drug dealer in a wheelchair in the movie Training Day with Denzel Washington and starred in the horror film "Bones" playing a murdered mobster who comes back from the dead to get revenge.
In 2010 he created a music video for the TV show "True Blood" about a song he wrote for the character Sookie called "Oh Sookie" He also made appearances in the tv shows, weeds, entourage and monk.
Snoop lion has just released his first reggae album on July 20, 2012 called "Reincarnated. The first single called la la la which you can hear on YouTube.