Snoop Dogg told the New York Times he’s now going by “Snoop Lion” after being christened by Rastafarian priests. The newspaper hinted that the West Coast rapper, now 40, might be going through a mid-life crisis:
“I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated,” Snoop told a crowd of reporters at a news conference at Miss Lily’s, a Caribbean restaurant in New York. He added: “I feel I have always been a Rastafarian. I just didn’t have my third eye open, but its wide open right now.”
His new album, “Reincarnated,” features mostly reggae songs and is a far departure from his previous songs about marijuana, guns and strippers.
He told the Times:
“There comes a point where you say I done it all, or there isn’t much more to do,” he said. “This was like a rebirth for me.”
“Rap is not a challenge to me,” he said. “I had enough of that. It’s not appealing to me no more. I don’t have no challenges. I’m ‘Uncle Snoop’ in rap. When you get to be an uncle, you need to find a new profession so you can start over and be fresh again. I want to be a kid again.”
Snoop isn’t the first artist to change his name. Prince and Diddy have also made departures from their original names.
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