One of my first blog related to Snoop Dogg conversion to Rastafarianism while on a trip to Jamaica with heavy emphasis on the ‘trip’. He claimed to have found his roots and blah blah blah. Well it turns out that Snoop was trying to infiltrate the Rasta name and wasn’t, isn’t and never will be a real Rasta. Oh Jah!
A group of genuine Jamaican Rastas, including one of my favorite reggae singers, Bunny Wailer, (As you wonder who the hell is Bunny Wailer) has called on Snoop to stop using their name and pay up. They allege that Snoop used the Rasta name to make a movie and sell records, otherwise he tried to re-ignite his dying flame. Oh Snoop! I liked the part where they told Snoop that “smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture!” I bet you thought it did. Ok, I sorta thought it did too. Well if it’s doesn’t, then what defines Rastas? Smoke weed, love Marley and Reggae, what else is there for a Ras to do? Oh Selassie!
Snoop of course had no response to these accusations and when last seen, he was headed to Mecca to answer the call of a dream he had in which the ghost of Muhammad beckoned to him. Not sure what to make of that but The Dogg-turned-lion could resurface as Snoop Dogg Bin Lyin.
Do I ever have a good one for you guys. Just wait until you hear this. You all know Snoop Dog, right? Remember Snoop Doggy Dog? The gaunt rapper with the long hair? If not don’t worry, I think there’s another person out there who doesn’t either, so don’t feel bad.
Anyways, Snoop Dog recently visited Jamaica and while he was partaking of the Jamaican way of life and enjoying some ganja or chronic or collie or whatever they call it these days, he started hallucinating. Yep, I kid you not. He started having weird hallucinations. Trust me, I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth.
In Snoop’s vision, he saw the late great Bob Marley and please tell me you have heard of Brother Bob, please. Bob had a long chat with Snoop and apparently even sang one his popular songs, ‘Zion Lion’ to the Dog. After he came to his senses, Snoop felt as though Marley was sending him some sort of message in his vision so he went in seek of the local Rastafarian priest. Or was it a priestess? He asked the priestess if she would like to star in some DVD reality show he was producing. Wait! I got my facts confused. It was indeed a priest that he went to see, not a priestess. He told his story to the priest and was told that he had to convert to Rastafarianism. This involved a name change and the release of a Reggae CD. He had to vow to smoke marijuana daily for meditational purposes. He reluctantly agreed to this after some arm twisting.
Marley performing at Dalymount Park (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
So our hero changed his name to, yeah you guessed it, Snoop Lion! Snoop Lion. Sure has a cute ring to it, doesn’t it? No it doesn’t. As if Snoop Dog wasn’t bad enough…it sounds dumb. But anyways, our Dog was transformed into a Lion all because of a vision he had of Bob Marley. Trust me on this one.