Snoop Do... err Lion, Leaving Gats For HIM? / by Randy Ortiz

In an unexpected but understandable move Snoop Dog is no longer, now stands Snoop Lion and that's all good but there are a few things I want to talk about. Having stayed in Jamaica recently Calvin Broadus had an experience or awakening to the Rastafarian way of life, which then transformed his old gun totin' and capitalizing on violence self into an uplifting and peaceful new person. While I applaud any artist or person willing to reinvent themselves and seek a higher calling spiritually or by way of religion, there might be things which cause doubt and conflict in his new reasoning and transformation. The announcement of his new album might seem a little too soon due to the drastic change of ideals and lack of instant knowledge, but it can be labeled as journaling your experience as you learn and grow which is fine. One thing that bothered me was him self referencing himself as "Bob Marley reincarnated" and don't think it will be appreciated by many Marley followers if you're coming off saying you are the new version of a legend, it just doesn't sit well overall for me but am open and welcome change so I'll wait to give a real verdict later as Snoop's new life unfolds.

On a positive note... the internal growth of a man is necessary and many music artists stay stuck on their selfish and short fuse teenage attitude, it's nice to see Snoop Lion say he is tired of that life and way of thinking. Have I ever been a fan of his music? Very much so and in the beginning of his career which can be considered his most violent, but that was a different time and inhabits a different space of appreciation for me. To realize you need change for self and to actually go thru and do something about it isn't easy at all, I have been on a similar path of change and it's no cake walk so major points go to Snoop for that. I honestly hope that his new vision/life flame doesn't get diminished once he returns to the music industry reality and stands ground with his new beliefs because it's no game when you change your way of life to a radical departure of your old self. Do I think it's all some marketing ploy? Somewhat due to the reasons I mentioned but I will reserve harsh and quick judgement to the higher powers and will continue to watch as Lion takes place.

As I watched the trailer for the upcoming documentary that coincides with the experience Snoop had in Jamaica, I had the feeling that it was just a calmer and laid back rap video. Sinsemilla filled many shots (no bible study clips) in the trailer and there were no hoes and liquor pouring to be found, show the real deal before you get to the puffing tho. While I do understand the importance and have no issues with the using of certain elements to bring you closer, I think it was shown too much in a trailer that deals with a major life change regardless if it's Snoop (King Toker) but that's just me. The documentary will be premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival September 7th and be sure to watch the trailer above. Diplo (Major Lazer) will be producing his upcoming 'Reincarnated' (no date) album on Vice Recordings, they have their new single titled "La La La" which features a strictly Reggae sound and will be what the rest of the album is going to sound like. Yep he's "tired of rap" and is on the Reggae tip, the track is enjoyable but the new accent and vibe is kinda off. I wish him much luck in his new venture of life and all positive wishes to his inner mind, for when growth is necessary and steps are taken all good things happen.