The once gang-bangin’, drug-slangin’ Snoop Dogg is no more.
Enter Snoop Lion.
Snoop has made the transition from a weed-loving, laid-back west coast O.G. to a weed-loving, laid-back reggae artist with west-coast rap roots. His message has metamorphosized from “Rollin down the street, smokin’ indo, sippin on gin and juice” to:
“Money makes a man and that’s a crime
If we all were rich, we’d spend more time
With our daughters and sons, they’re losing their minds
We all feel hurt, here’s mine, hear me now”
and “Cause, no guns are allowed, in here tonight; We’re gonna have a free-for-all, no fights”.
Snoop Lion‘s sudden stroke of empathy arose during an extended trip to Jamaica that Snoop made last year. Long story short: the trip was enlightening. The moniker ‘Snoop Lion‘ came to fruition by the verdict of a Rastafari High Priest with the declaration that Snoop is the light — the lion. That’s that life changing shit.
Now that Snoop Lion is taking this new direction musically, he has been plugging away at putting out an album entitled Reincarnated (Get it?). The reggae album is set to drop April 23rd.
Though his claim to be Bob Marley reincarnated overreaches some boundaries, this change in persona is kind of cool. It’s interesting to listen to No Guns Allowed and think “Oh wow, this is the same guy that used to rap ‘It’s the motha fuckin D-O-double G'”.
I’ve never been huge a huge fan of reggae (though it has its moments), but I am a huge fan Snoop _______, so I will definitely be checking out Reincarnated when it comes out.
So check out No Guns Allowed and chill out with its tropical reggae tune. Drake stops by and lays down a solid verse midway through the song, offering his perspective on gun violence.
Enjoy the new offerings from the artist formerly known as Snoop, and Get Your Earz Wet!