Snoop Lion, the artist formally known as Snoop Dogg, hopes to release his debut reggae album Reincarnation come February of next year. As reported by NME, before the record drops, the rapper turned Rastafarian will first release a documentary that sheds light on his transformation.
Speaking with Billboard, Snoop said the documentary will explain why the celebrated MC is stepping away from the rap game to explore new forms of musical expression, and it will help fans to adjust to the new direction.
“If I just drop this music, it leaves room for questioning,” Snoop told Billboard, “You wouldn’t understand the whole journey or the transformation. When I allow you to see the movie, to go on the journey with me, to see exactly why I’m the Lion, why the music changed — [you’ll] have a full understanding.”
Snoop recently made his debut performance as Snoop Lion in Toronto, Canada. According to NME, the show featured some Bob Marley covers, some Snoop Dogg classics in their original forms, and some other D-O-Double-G hits such as Drop It Like It’s Hot and Gin & Juice that were given a reggae makeover.
Again, while speaking with Billboard, Snoop said he feels that fans will follow The Lion’s new sound that is still centered on Snoop’s unique, super smooth voice.
“People respect me, so musically I can do whatever I like. When I took on a song that I had called ‘Sexual Eruption’ it was a song where there was singing on 90 per cent of the song, and it was one of my biggest records. One thing about me and the people, they appreciate my voice, no matter what it’s doing. If it’s singing, rapping, talking, they appreciate the voice and the time that I put into giving them something creative from me. That’s why the transformation into reggae fits the mode better because to me reggae is about love and peace and unity and struggle,” Snoop told Billboard.
“Before I never had to watch what I was saying because I didn’t give a fuck what I was saying,” he said. “Because it was coming from my heart. I was speaking from [being] a young adolescent who was an ex-gang-banger, ex-drug dealer, so I was speaking what I thought was best at the time. But as an older man, I have to speak on things that make a difference, and things that matter and using my power the right way,” Snoop explained.