Doggy DogSnoop Lion wants to do a record with no rapping. This rapper has been on top of his game since entering into the game in the 80’s. He has hit records that still Rock and will probably never die. But Snoop says with no disrespect “I’m sick of rapping”. See the teaser trailer to his documentary Premiered at the Toronto Film Festival.
You know it’s funny because I just asked myself a year or so if it’s possible for a hip hop junky like myself to ever get tired of Hip Hop. I look at Curtis Blow (who’s got to be over 50) and it was very apparent at last year’s Soul Train awards that this dude is not tired of Hip Hop. Well leave it to my main man Snoop to break the mold and get ready to embark on new territory.
Snoop told reporters that he will be the greatest reggae star that ever lived and intends to surpass Bob Marley as a reggae star. ”I am Jah,” said Snoop Lion.
According to our friends over at The Huffington Post :
Snoop, 40, who appeared in an all-white outfit with a white rastacap over his long hair, was asked numerous times whether he would continue to play his rap songs in the wake of his transformation. “One thing about me as a performer, I understand the business,” he said. “A lot of my fans want Snoop Dogg, and I’m gonna give it to them. I can give you a little bit of both, or I can give you one or the other — it depends on what the people want. And whatever the people want, I’m gonna give it to em, up close and personal.”
He also cleared away any confusion over whether he will continue to use the name Snoop Dogg or switch entirely to Snoop Lion, the moniker imprinted on his name tag during the press event. “I’m Snoop motherfuckin’ Dogg till the day I die, but at the same time when I’m making my reggae music I’m in the light of the Lion. But if you disrespect me or get out of pocket, you will get the motherfucking dog.”
Asked by The Huffington Post if he had any thoughts on the “B”-word controversy that rappers including Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West have grappled with in recent weeks, Snoop said he had kept his language clean on the reggae album but would continue to use that and other profanities in his rap music and in daily life. “There’s a lot of bitches and bitch-ass n–gas in the world, so I don’t think I’m ever gonna stop using [that word],” he said.
“Reincarnated” was directed by Andy Capper and produced by Vice Films. Suroosh Alvi of Vice said the Jamaican portions of the shoot proved even more challenging than some of the company’s other risky productions. “When we film in these conflict zones,” Alvi said, “the idea is blend in and go with a small crew. But when you’re rolling with the Lion, you have to take a lot of security precautions. And then you’ve got Damian Marley, and next thing you know you’ve got 60 SUV’s — and that’s not a blending-in situation.”
The documentary also features appearances by Diplo, who produced Snoop’s album, also called “Reincarnated,” and Bunny Wailer, one of the original members of Bob Marley’s group, who contributed guest vocals to the new record — but only after confirming that it would not contain graphic sexual or violent content.
“Reincarnated” takes care to highlight a little-known aspect of Snoop’s rap career. Following the still-unsolved murders of feuding rappers Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., in 1996 and 97, Snoop met with Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam to discuss ways of ending the real-life violence that was tearing apart the hip-hop community. Their efforts led to an agreement among musicians to resolve their differences peacefully.
The film also shows Snoop coping with the death of his friend and former collaborator, Nate Dogg. “That’s the part of the movie that I don’t ever watch,” Snoop admitted. “I left it in there, because it was necessary, but as far as me — even if we were to watch it together, I’d have to walk out.”
In the end, Snoop said the best thing about his new identity is the way it has strengthened his relationship with his wife of 15 years, Shante Broadus. “The change was most necessary for her more than anything,” he said, “because I’ve always been there for my kids, but I ain’t always been a great husband, so I wanted to reverse that.”
Snoop Lion wants to make music that his grandkids can listen to. He thinks hip-hop and rap are for heathens.
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