is taking a break from hip-hop, since he realized he is Bob Marley
reincarnated and is embracing reggae, as Snoop
Lion, instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about.
The "Gin and Juice" singer, said at a news conference Monday in New York that he was "born again" during a visit to Jamaica in February and is ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."Snoop
Lion is releasing a reggae album called "Reincarnated" in the fall. He said that in Jamaica, he connected with Bob Marley
's spirit and is now "Bob Marley
's son Rohan attended the conference and gave Snoop
"I feel like I've always been Rastafarian," Snoop
said of the spiritual Jamaican movement. While there, he said, he visited a temple, was renamed Snoop
Lion and was also given the Ethiopian name Berhane, meaning "light of the world."Snoop
didn't explain why he was switching from "Dogg" to "Lion," but it's likely a reference to the Lion of Judah, a religious symbol popular in Rastafarian and Ethiopian culture.
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