Snoop Lion might return to rap music. The controversial artist - formerly known as Snoop Dogg - reinvented himself with his latest album Reincarnated after embracing Rastafarian culture and music on a trip to Jamaica, but has hinted he could return to his former vocation.
The laid-back icon told NME magazine, "I don't know if I want to repeat the same process as far as going to Jamaica and making a reggae album. I may wanna go to another country and make a reggae album. I may wanna make a rap album. I don't know."
The "Drop It Like It's Hot" hitmaker could also be contemplating yet another radical overhaul and is open to the idea of traveling to a foreign country to immerse himself in a new sound and image: "I definitely feel like I'm gonna make more music but I don't know if I'm gonna go to Jamaica, I may wanna go somewhere else. I may wanna venture into another part of the world. Some things you let them be what they are. That was a priceless moment. I may wanna do something different next time."
Bob Marley's son has defended Snoop Lion following accusations he became Rastafarian for profit.
The rapper was heavily criticized by members of the Rastafari community - including Bob's former bandmate Bunny Wailer - who claim he turned to their way of life to promote his upcoming reggae album and documentary - both titled Reincarnated - and says his father would have too. Rohan Marley, 40, told TMZ, "Our father's name should not even be mentioned in this issue because like a true Rasta, he would have embraced Snoop's reincarnation and welcomed the positivity."
Snoop Lion has been accused of becoming a Rastafarian for profit.
The rapper - who changed his name from Snoop Dogg last year after becoming immersed in the Rastafari movement during a visit to Jamaica - has angered members of the community who believe his new-found spirituality as a gimmick to promote his upcoming reggae album and documentary, both titled Reincarnated.
Bunny Wailer, a former member of Bob Marley and the Wailers, has accused Snoop of "outright fraudulent use of Rastafari community's personalities and symbolism" and claimed the 41-year-old star has failed to meet "contractual, moral and verbal commitments," of their way of life according to website TMZ. Rights group Rastafari Millennium Council also expressed their upset with the "Drop It Like It's Hot" hitmaker - whose name change to Lion is thought to be inspired by the Lion of Judiah, a symbolic figure in the Rastafarian culture - in a seven-page letter addressed to the star.
Snoop Lion claims he discovered Pharrell Williams.
The "Drop It Like It's Hot" rapper has credited himself with helping The Neptunes producer become one of the biggest names in music by taking a chance on him when he was up and coming.
Snoop - formerly known as Snoop Dogg - told GQ magazine, "When I worked with Pharrell, nobody knew what I was doing but me. I knew what he would do. Everybody laughed and said, 'You working with him?' And when's the hit? BOOM, BOOM BOOM, BOOM BOOM! I know what I'm talking about."
Snoop first collaborated with Pharrell and producing partner Chad Hugo in 2002 on his sixth studio album, Paid Tha Cost To Be Da Bo$$. The Neptunes were formed in 1992 but achieved breakthrough success in 1999, producing the single "Got Your Money" for Ol Dirty B*****d, although at that time they also already had ties to Snoop.
Snoop Dogg does not think the music industry is in a state of decline. The legendary rapper believes artists in the industry still have ways of controlling their output, and even those new to the scene can find a break if their material is good enough.
"There's certainly ways to maximize the mistakes that we've made with CDs and the crash and people stealing music: You can still control the material. Now, you can make a video and put it on YouTube and display your skills: record label staffers are sitting in an office all day, every day, looking for it. It's definitely not as bad as people want to make it."
He thinks those who are struggling are doing so because they are stuck in the past and need to see things differently. "A lot of people are still stuck in the 90s. They think the days still exist where you get a lot of money upfront and labels give you two or three videos with big budgets. That ####'s over with," he told The Hollywood Reporter.
Snoop Dogg chose Diplo to produce his reggae album as he is his only friend who knows the genre. The rapper - rebranding himself as Snoop Lion for the project - wanted to make a more "adult" record, and called on Diplo after being impressed with his work.
Speaking at the launch of Red Bull Culture Clash, Diplo told BANG Showbiz, "He hit me up, I was like the only person he knew that knew anything about reggae, and so we just met a couple of times and it became a really good idea to do this. We worked before on his last album, and he said, he wanted to do something that's a bit more adult." Diplo said Snoop got excited after he played him a song by his dancehall project Major Lazer, which convinced him to adopt a reggae sound.
Snoop Dogg claims he is Bob Marley reincarnated.
The hip-hop star is reinventing himself as Snoop Lion for a new reggae album, Reincarnated, and claims he always had a natural calling to the genre: "I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated. I feel I have always been a Rastafarian. I just didn't have my third eye open, but it's wide open right now."
Speaking about how he was enlightened during a trip to Jamaica, he added, "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.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light; you are the lion.'"
The "Sweat" singer said he had no plans to make the reggae album - on which he collaborates with singer M.I.A. and producer Diplo - but did so after he was called by "the spirit." Speaking in a press conference, he added, "On this particular project, I had no planning on going to Jamaica, making a reggae record. The spirit called me. And, you know, anytime the spirit calls you, you gotta know that it's serious. I basically let them know what I want. It's not that I want to become Snoop Dogg in a reggae track. I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion."
Snoop Dogg has previewed his new reggae album, Reincarnated. The "Drop it Like it's Hot" rapper gave fans a taste of his new musical direction with the track "La La La," produced by Diplo and Ariel Rechtshaid and executive produced by Major Lazer.
The 40-year-old star - real name Calvin Broadus - will be going under the alias Snoop Lion for the project, and has been working on 18 new tracks with producer Diplo. Speaking of the project, Diplo has said, "Snoop Dogg is an icon, man; he's bigger than the music. What we're doing is a reggae record. It's all reggae and he's singing and he's doing a f***ing awesome job and I never knew it, but he had his heart in every song."
A number of celebrities have taken to Twitter to pay tribute to Adam Yauch.
The Beastie Boys co-founder - also known as MCA - passed away this morning after battling cancer in his parotid gland and a lymph node since 2009, and Justin Timberlake is just one of a number of celebrities who took to twitter to pay tribute to him. "Crushed to hear the news of Adam Yauch's passing. A true pioneer of art. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.#RIPMCA (sic)" he wrote.
The Black Eyed Peas' Will.i.am wrote, "1 of my favorite hiphop groups...hiphop raised a lot of us & now we have to wake up because are hero's are dying too young (sic)."
Run DMC'S Reverend Run was equally distraught, writing, "R I P Adam... I'm devastated. Praying for Adam Yauch's family from the legendary Beastie Boys. Youll be missed!" while Snoop Dogg Tweeted, "RIP MCA U are a Legend and a pioneer. #BeastieBoys4life (sic)."
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It "makes sense" for Tupac Shakur to go on tour around the world - 16 years after his death.
Holographic projection firm Musion, creators of the hologram of the deceased rapper which appeared on stage with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg at the Coachella music festival on Sunday think it would be a great idea for Tupac - who was shot dead in a gang killing in 1996 - to go on the road.
"This is obviously a historic and exciting initiative that we're all witnessing currently, and it would make sense for them to bring it to Europe and maybe take it to the rest of the world," head of Music at Musion Sanj Surati told NME.
Surati added the firm is "very proud" that the hip-hop stars had chosen to use its technology during the show. It was previously revealed that representatives for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg plan to discuss logistics for a tour involving the two performers and the virtual Tupac with one option being a stadium tour involving other hip-hop stars, including Eminem, 50 Cent and Wiz Khalifa. However, they could stage a more limited tour, featuring only Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac's hologram, in smaller arenas.
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