Internationally acclaimed rap star, Snoop Dogg has reinvigorated his career by morphing into a full-fledged 'Lion' and credits Reggae music's greatest product for his transformation.
Set to release his first Reggae album entitled Reincarnated, Snoop Lion has remodeled his musical approach in recent months; moving from the hardcore gangster raps he became renowned for into a more peaceful zone through efforts like La La La, the first single off Reincarnated.
In an interview with MTV earlier this week, Snoop Lion credited Reggae icon, Bob Marley as one of the pioneers who helped him change his musical style; also citing Beres Hammond, Peter Tosh. Gregory Isaacs and Bunny Wailer as inspirations that helped guide him towards forming his new persona.
In fulfilling his mission to become a legitimate Reggae presence, Snoop Lion travelled to Jamaica after receiving a blessing from Bob Marley's son, Rohan Marley. During his trip to Jamaica, he recorded material for Reincarnated while also recording footage for a documentary focused on the Rastafari Movement.
According to Snoop Lion, Reggae music gave him the ideal outlet to meditate and find solace.
"My early memories of Reggae music were always a room full of smoke and just the way you danced to it. It was seductive and sexy and it was grown, then underneath it all, it had a message to it," he said.
"You can hear the message in some of the songs. You can hear the positivity and the strength and the struggle."
This past weekend, the official trailer for Snoop's Reincarnated documentary was released. Additionally, the movie will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.