Snoop Dogg becomes 'Snoop Lion' after religious conversion

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For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 1:00 p.m. MDT

Our take: Rapper Snoop Dogg, also know by his real name Calvin Broadus Jr., has decided to drop his famous moniker for another, more reflective of a recent religious awakening. "Snoop Lion" will be the rapper's new name after he spent time in Jamaica and was given the name by a Rastafarian priest.

In 1993, the debut single Whats My Name? catapulted rapper Snoop Dogg to fame. But if you ask him that question now, hell have a different answer. Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion after a spiritual awakening in Jamaica this February, which he described to reporters at a press conference on Monday.

So, no more D-O-double-G. No more Doggfather or Dogghouse or Woof! which, presumably, will be replaced with a roar. Snoop Lion has been working on a reggae album, Reincarnated, the recording of which is being chronicled in a documentary film that premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

Snoop told reporters that he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest.

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