Snoop Dogg may be one of the most instantly recognized names and voices in showbiz, but all that is about to change soon: the rapper has decided to change his name to Snoop Lion and to quit rap because it's no longer as challenging as it used to be.
Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr. (the rapper's real name) recently spoke to journalists in New York, making sure the entire world found out about his decision to open a new chapter in his life, News.com
And an entirely new chapter it will be: not only will he go by the Lion name, but he'll also be turning his attention to reggae music instead of rap.
He explained that the name change was a consequence of a spiritual rebirth
after a trip to Jamaica, while the new sound for his upcoming album a result of his no longer finding rap as challenging these days.
“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',” the artist said.
“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,” he explained.
“There comes a point where you say I done it all, or there isn’t much more to do. This was like a rebirth for me. With no disrespect to other rappers, but they can't [expletive] with me in rap... I've won every accolade you can get in rap, they call me 'Uncle Snoop' in rap,” Snoop went on to say.
At this point, he either plateaus or moves on to another genre and greener pastures. He's obviously opting for the latter.
“When you're an uncle, it's time to find something new... I want to feel like a kid again. I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated. I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didn’t have my third eye open, but it's wide open right now,” Snoop added.
Fans who are still having a hard time believing this won't have to take his word for it for much longer: “Reincarnated” is now in the works and will be a 100 percent reggae album.