Snoop Dogg becomes 'Snoop Lion' after religious conversion

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

Snoop Dogg performs during the fourth annual Snoop Dogg performs during the fourth annual "VH1 Hip Hop Honors" in this Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007 file photo in New York. (Jason DeCrow, Associated Press)

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 “What’s My Name?” catapulted rapper Snoop Dogg to fame. But if you ask him that question now, he’ll 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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