Posh Thoughts: From Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion: Snoop’s Conversion To Rastafarian

4 Aug


Announcing his conversion to Rastafarianism on Monday (July 30), the rapper formerly known as Snoop Dogg unveiled that he has been spiritually reformed and has changed his name to Snoop Lion.

Why the name change? The religious movement doesn’t require converts to change their names. But the faith was born in Jamaica, where calling someone a dog is deeply insulting. But, unlike dogs, lions hold a place of pride in Rasta theology.

As long as this isn’t a publicity stunt, I actually respect this move.  Lets face it, Snoop is already like 40+. Realistically, how long can the context of hiphop/ gansta rap fit him? If only more mcs had this mentality then we could probably bring about a reduction in the population of pants sagging, 40 year old men who are still dreaming of making it big in the rap game. I’m all about positivity and if this guy claims to have had a spiritual awakening or religious experience and become socially responsible then I support this. If he wants to make positive music and reggae; has always been that, then so be it. While no one has to like it but on the strength of positivity at least respect it.


Now, the fact that he is claiming to be Bob Marley reincarnated is another story. As a Christian, I don’t know everything there is to know about Buddhism but Calvin Broadus a.k.a. Snoop was born in 1971 and Bob Marley died in 1981. From this, can we deduce that there were two Bob Marleys during that ten year span? I don’t know about that Snoop Lion. Besides, you’ve got quite a bit of work to do before you hit that level of spirituality. You’ve got a while before you create the type of revolutionary music that Marley contributed to the people of the world. Real Talk. Aside from that, I think he’s on the right track. One has to agree that finding enlightenment or faith is better than the alternative.


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