During a recent visit to Jamaica, Snoop was “born again” — as the reincarnated spirit of Bob Marley — and has announced he’s tired of the rap game and wants to make music that his “kids and grandparents can listen to.”
So in order to accomplish this, he did what any normal person would do — changed his name from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion.
The name change was largely influenced by the Rastafarian religion, where weed is not only encouraged, but part of the culture.
“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.”
It’s unclear yet what this means for his music. But his record label has already started selling tickets to see him via wildlife safari. His opening act with be Nicholas Cage, who has also recently changed his name to Nicholas ET.