Snoop Lion is Slacker’s new Artist of the Week.
Last summer, Snoop Dogg took a trip to Jamaica with Diplo, where he says he was given the name Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest. He released a documentary this year about his experience, spiritual awakening, and name change. And this week, he released his new album “Reincarnated”, produced by Major Lazer and featuring guest appearances by Drake, Chris Brown, and even Miley Cyrus.
It’s a reggae album in theory, but it features plenty of Snoop’s signature flow. Not everyone is pleased with Snoop’s new identity—The Rastafari Millennium Council has warned him that “smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture!“, and Bunny Wailer—who plays a major role in the documentary—says that Snoop has engaged in “outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism”.
However you feel about the new Snoop Lion, his musical legacy is undeniable, and on this week’s Artist of the Week station we feature music from all eras of Snoop’s career, along with his many collaborations, his west coast hip hop family, and his influences–both reggae and classic hip hop. Snoop Lion is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.