Culture Spotting: Snoop Lion

Written by emilyc

So Snoop Dogg is now Snoop Lion. Why? Why?! When I heard this news I was thoroughly perplexed and decided to enlighten myself with the answer to why – much like Snoop enlightened himself with the fact that naming himself Dogg probably wasn’t a good idea in the first place.

After extensive research (because I view this as a very pressing issue) I learned that Snoop underwent a rebirth of sorts in Jamaica and converted to Rastafarianism. According to Rastafarian expert and scholar at Kenyon college Ennis Edmonds, calling someone a dog in Jamaica is deeply insulting and could be viewed as a lack of self-knowledge.

To me, “lack of self-knowledge” may be exactly what Snoop has. I thought he was merely a west coast gangster, not a Bob Marley incarnate. I don’t envision Rastafaris sipping on gin and juice or dropping it like it’s hot, but Snoop claimed that he wants to bury Snoop Dogg and fully take on his new lion persona. Good for him. Now I’m going to go listen to him sing Reggae with a west coast accent.

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Emily is a New Yorker trapped in a Floridian's body and loves every minute of her big city life. With a major in international business and years of being surrounded by ill-fitting suits and all the wrong shoes, she learned that the importance of fashion needs to be communicated to the world. To her, fashion is on the same level as charity work and feeding hungry children. Emily can be found frolicking the streets of her gayborhood enjoying the off-color humor of the gays.

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