Lunes, Agosto 13, 2012

Snoop Dogg’s Transformation to Snoop Lion

Say goodbye to Snoop Dogg and give Snoop Lion a warm welcome. According to the American singer, he changed his name while undergoing a spiritual and artistic rebirth in Jamaica.

Snoop narrated how he acquired his new name: 

"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."
Upon returning from Jamaica, he did not just introduce a new name. He also announced that he was shifting his music genre from rap to reggae which he considers “fresh air”.
“As a 40-year-old man ... I've got to give them something, said he. That's what you do when you're wise.”

Before Snoop Doggy and Snoop Lion Were Born

Snoop was born Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. in California. His mother started calling him “Snoopy” because of his physical appearance. Singers Brandy and Ray J are his cousins.

At age 5, he was already playing the piano. After graduating from high school, Snoop was arrested for procession of cocaine.

He was frequently in trouble with drugs and the law as a young man. Even when he was rising to fame, Snoop was arrested several times. He was charged for the murder of a man who was believed to be a member of Snoop’s gang’s rival, and was later acquitted. Later, he was sued for assaulting a fan on stage during his concert in 2005.

Recently Snoop has been banned from entering Norway for two years, after he tried entering the country with eight grams of cannabis. He was also found to be carrying an amount of money more than what was legally allowed. Snoop’s lawyer noted that they will not appeal the ban and that Snoop could “live with the decision”.

What is Behind the Name “Snoop Lion”?

News about Snoop Dogg changing his name broke with mixed reactions from the public.

“Say hello to well known ganja merchant and highly-paid singing whisperer Snoop Dogg, wrote Chris Starr of Heckler Spray. Or Snoop Lion, because the man has become leonine incarnate (or something).”

Author and fashion critic Derek Blasberg took to Twitter reacting "I just don't understand. When I got on the plane he was called Snoop Dogg, and when I got off the plane he was called Snoop Lion”.

Others were not shocked with the news report believing it was normal for people to change their name. One of the earlier celebrities who did the same was British singer Cat Stevens who is now Yusuf Islam.

According to Snoop, his transformation was inspired by reggae legend Bob Marley. Before recording his new reggae album “Reincarnated”, he even first got a blessing from Marley’s son Rohan.

"You can hear the message in some of the songs, Snoop told MTV News. You can hear the positivity and the strength and the struggle."

He concluded by saying he is the reincarnation of Bob Marley.

Do you believe he is really the reincarnation of Bob Marley? Join the online poll about Snoop Dogg or  Snoop Lion on Facebook. Visit Pollpursuit now.

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