What seems to be an apt teaser to Snoop Dogg's upcoming documentary Reincarnated, the rap artist joined the growing multitude of singers and personalities like Cat Stevens, Prince and even Santigold (in case you've forgotten, it used to be Santogold) by changing his name from Dogg to Lion. The documentary by VICE Films and Snoopadelic Films follows Snoop while working on an album collaboration with fellow music artist, Diplo, and his exposure to the Rastafari religion.
"I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion. I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the High Priest asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg'. And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.' From that moment on, it's like I had started to understand why I was there."
Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr., was nicknamed Snoop Dogg by his mother because his long face reminded her of the famous cartoon character, Snoopy. Used as his official artist name, the Dogg is one of the most influential icons in the rap scene, along with the likes of Tupac Shakur (Makaveli) and Notorious B.I.G..
Along with the name change, the rap artist has also decided to put his former musical inclinations to rest in order to explore reggae, saying "Rap is not a challenge to me. I've won every accolade you can get in rap, they call me 'Uncle Snoop' on rap. When you're an uncle, it's time to find something new. I want to feel like a kid again."
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