The Metamorphosis: Snooping on the Transition From a Dogg to a Lion
Maya Lekach – Muze Staff Writer
One of the biggest shockers of the year came in February in the form of an announcement from the beloved Snoop Dogg when he announced he was changing his name from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion and would be releasing a reggae album. While this kind of statement might still have the possibility to shock from a less genre-defining artist, like Gucci Mane or Flo Rida, Snoop Dogg manages to sidestep the disbelief and move straight into astonishment in the form of appreciation and applause.
Snoop’s newest album, Reincarnated (because that is what he is), is scheduled for release sometime in August. Accompanying this release will be a documentary film about Snoop’s reincarnation that took place on a recent trip to Jamaica that became the namesake for the upcoming album. The film will be produced by the film division of notorious coolmakers Vice Magazine. Vice Films’ interest in Snoop Lion’s newest efforts, and newest shenanigans, illuminate that the real truth in Snoop’s continuing popularity veers further from his musical forays and closer to his personal absurdity.
Although he began his long and gilded career as the imminent protégée to West Coast hip-hop legend Dr. Dre, Snoop’s career quickly moved from artistic expression to personality farce, not unlike Jessica Simpson on “The Newlyweds”. Although continuing to produce popular songs all throughout his career, Snoop began tacking on extra-curriculars. These antics range from a number of guest starring roles, including naming a weed strain on Weeds, singing at the wedding of a character on soap opera One Life To Live, producing a porn video with the zinger-of-a-name Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, starring in his own reality TV show, and producing films under the pseudonym Snoop Scorcese. Evidently, there is nothing this man, nee Calvin Broadus, does not do, and no names he will not adopt.
Snoop Lion’s first single off of Reincarnated is titled “LaLaLa”, with similar lyrics. The song is, you know, a Snoop song, and we will love it regardless of how it really sounds. Snoop and his fans have long since learned that it is not the tunes that matter, but Snoop’s antics themselves that keep listeners coming back for me. We just want to see what Snoop will do next. And this writer, for one, certainly cannot wait.
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Tags: Snoop Dogg, Snoop Lion, rap, hip-hop, raggae, Vice magazine, Vicefilms, LaLaLa, celebrities, reality TV, documentary, new music, humor
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