The name Clavin Cordozar Broadus Junior is not popular. The 41-year-old Broadus made his name, or rather, his moniker, Snoop Dogg, by being one of the best rappers of all time.
Not long ago, he turned to reggae and Rastafari, did an album and, most controversially, ditched the name that made him a star. He was now to be called Snoop Lion.
The reggae album, Reincarnated, did not reach the dizzying heights of his rap efforts but it got him noticed in a close-knit group of practitioners who expound the power of the genre for influencing the spirit.
Fast forward a bit, and it seems Snoop has ditched reggae.
Now he's gone back to funk. With the change has come, another name.
Snoop Dog-turned-Lion, is now Snoopzilla.
It is believed the name is a tribute to legendary funk bassist, Bootsy Collins, who's nickname is Bootzilla.
The almost-reggae singer changed his name a year after acquiring the moniker, Snoop Lion, to coincide with the release of his new album, 7 Days of Funk, which he recorded with groove singer Dam-Funk.
This sort of blew our minds!
Eddie Murphy is BACK in the recording studio and he brought Snoop Lion along to back him up!
The two cut a reggae-rific new song called 'Redlight'. And we gotta say, BOTH of these guys can really sing!
Eddie hasn't done much serious singing since his albums in the 80s and early 90s. He tends to only belt out a note nowadays when he's playing a donkey. LOLz!
Snoop's been dueting up a storm though! He just debuted the music video for the song he did with Robyn.
And how does one forget about his collabo with Miley Cyrus on Ashtrays and Heartbreaks???
Ch-ch-check out Eddie and Snoop in 'Redlight'! ABOVE!!!!
Snoop Lion, nee Snoop Dogg, has done the seemingly impossible -- pissed off a bunch of ganja smoking Rastafarians -- who claim he lied about becoming a Rasta just to make a movie and sell records ... and now they're threatening to sue. Bunny Wailer -- an original member of Bob Marley and the Wailers -- tells TMZ he's heated about the docu-film "Reincarnated" ... which documented Snoop's immersion in the Rasta culture as he recorded his first reggae album in Jamaica last year.
These days, Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) is serious about spreading a positive message, but he hasn't done away with his sense of humor. The rapper-turned-reggae artist released Pocket Like It Like It's Hot (a remixed video version of 2004's Drop It Like It's Hot) earlier this month, and on Tuesday he spoke with ETonline about making the video as well as Reincarnated (the documentary which follows his spiritual awakening in Jamaica) and whether or not he'll ever make another rap album.
I remember as a young yout when my family would have parties and hang out sessions at our small one bedroom apartment, and the soulful sounds of Beres Hammond and Gregory Isaacs would echo throughout the building, prompting neighbors and friends to come by and turn a small gathering into a straight up party.Those sounds are what defined my childhood in a sense, as our Guyanese cultures and traditions didn’t stay in Guyana, but only grew as we became Americans. I knew “What One Dance Can Do” as I watched my mother and father rhythmically move to “If I Don't Have You” and coincidentally nine months later, my sister was born. It was the sweet reggae sounds that made me feel good; it was soothing and above all else, about love and having fun.
Snoop Dogg, the veteran West Coast rapper, says he underwent a spiritual and artistic rebirth while making a new album in Jamaica last February. He abandoned rap as his preferred mode of expression, wrote more than a dozen songs in a traditional Reggae style and opened up to a documentary film crew about his long and sometimes violent journey from teenage gang member to a middle-aged hip-hop superstar. Along the way, he says, he shed the name and persona of Snoop Dogg and was rechristened Snoop Lion by Rastafarian priests. “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 Rastafari. I just didn’t have my third eye open, but its wide open right now.”
Katy Perry's back-up rapper, Snoop Dogg, is set to release a reggae album under the name "Snoop Lion" later this year. Pitchfork reported on Saturday that the LP is titled "Reincarnated." Its first single, "La La La," is already floating around the Internet, impervious to your harsh judgement, haters. The track was regular-level produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Diplo, and executive produced by Major Lazer, which is also Diplo. If you like, you can give "La La La" a listen over at SoundCloud, or you can just think to yourself "What might it sound like if Snoop Dogg affected a Jamaican accent and sang some reggae?" It sounds exactly like that.