A Chillin' Snoop Lion

By Pearson, Ryan | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), March 24, 2013 | Go to article overview

A Chillin' Snoop Lion


Pearson, Ryan, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


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Snoop Lion won't fire back at critics who say his backing of the Rastafari movement simply is another gimmick from one of hip-hop's savviest self-marketers. But Snoop Dogg will.

Reggae pioneer Bunny Wailer is the most notable skeptic. Wailer bestowed the Lion name on Snoop, but has since repeatedly questioned the 41-year-old rapper's intentions and commitment to Rasta ideology.

Asked by The Associated Press to respond, Snoop's face registered a flash of malice followed by a devilish smile: "If I was Snoop Dogg:'(Expletive) Bunny Wailer.'But I'm Snoop Lion right now, so I'm chilling," he said.

He is using the name to release a reggae- and dancehall-focused album, "Reincarnated." Produced by Major Lazer, it features guests ranging from Chris Brown and Drake to Jamaica's Mr. Vegas and Mavado.

AP: What does Snoop Lion mean to you? In the movie we see Bunny Wailer give you the name because he said he didn't want to call you a dog. That was his take on it.

Snoop: I don't know what that take was because I'm going to always be Snoop Dogg. I can't throw that person away and get rid of him. To me, the Lion is the growth of Snoop Dogg - me growing into the next phase of my musical career, the next phase of my life. But at the same time, I can never get rid of who I am. I'm an East Side Long Beach Rollin 20s Crip, first and foremost. ... I'm Snoop Doggy Dogg, then I'm Snoop Dogg, then I'm Snoop Lion. But it's all the same.

AP: In interviews since the film was made, Bunny has been skeptical of you. …

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