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Why did Snoop Dogg change his name when he became a Rasta?

Published: Friday, Aug. 3 2012 12:00 a.m. MDT

Our take: Cutting through all the publicity and hype over rapper Snoop Dogg changing his name after converting to Rastafarianism, the Religion News Service's Daniel Burke sheds some light on the religious movement that started in Jamaica and explains why the name-change has more cultural than religious underpinnings.

Back in 1993, Snoop Dogg scored a huge hit with the hip-hop anthem Whats My Name? Announcing his conversion to Rastafarianism on Monday, the rapper unveiled a new answer to that lyrical question.

Read more about Snoop Dogg's name change on Religion New Service.