50 Cent formed a bond with the legendary California rapper and collaborated on multiple tracks, but the man behind "In Da Club" might not have fully accepted Snoop Dogg's transformation into Snoop Lion just yet.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter promoting his upcoming film, Freelancers, 50 Cent questioned Snoop's transformation from dog to lion.
“It’s interesting,” 50 told THR. “Of course, there will be some people who connect to it and there will be some people that run from it – I don’t know how his little league team’s parents will feel about his new persona. But again, it’s a persona – these are the choices he’s created for himself creatively. And, you know, I think it will work.”
Snoop has three children and showcased his role as a rap daddy in the reality show, "Snoop Dogg's Father Hood."
50 admits that Snoop has the cred to back up his recent change. He has been promoting the marijuana-toking lifestyle since he got into the game.
“Snoop’s always been that,” he told THR. “In the very beginning, that was his consistent theme – he had the weed, and everything else was there. [But] for hip-hop culture, it will work, because there’s enough of that going on; Wiz Khalifa, his entire theme is that. I’ve consistently seen artists sell 500,000 copies with that as a theme: Redman, Method Man, Styles P.
Snoop officially announced his new "Lion" moniker at the end of July, explaining that the change spawns from time spent in Jamaica, where claims to have discovered his inner Rastafarian.
His new album, Reincarnated, honors the metamorphosis with reggae music. He is even promoting a much more peaceful energy and Snoop's new album is one that "kids and grandparents can listen to." One song on the album is even titled "No Guns Allowed."
Snoop does not feel the need to explain himself.
"Rap is not a challenge to me," Snoop told journalists at a gathering in New York City. "With no disrespect to other rappers, but they can't f--k with me in rap ... I've won every accolade you can get in rap, they call me 'Uncle Snoop' in rap. When you're an uncle, it's time to find something new ... I want to feel like a kid again."
50 Cent is not the only rapper to have questioned Snoop's name change.
"He would see me come to rehearsals with all of my Rastafari, my gear, my hair, my look. He was just peeping me out, and I let him know I was doing a reggae project and working on the album and whatnot, but he didn't really understand it until 'La La La' came out," Snoop told MTV News about Dre questioning his Lion persona. "La La La" is the first single off the new album.
"Now he understands that I'm fully with it and I'm all in it to win it," he told MTV News. "So he gets it, and I got his support. He just didn't understand it because I didn't explain it to him. I wasn't tryna keep it a secret; it just wasn't time to unveil until now."
Snoop Dogg songs:
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg - Nuthin' But AG Thang
Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg - Nuthin' But AG Thang
Snoop Dogg featuring Pharrell - Drop It Like It's Hot
[Intro] Snooooooooooop.. Snooooooooooop.. [Chorus - Snoop Dogg] When the pimp's in the crib ma Drop it like it's hot Drop it like it's hot Drop it like it's hot When the pigs try to get at ya Park it like it's hot Park it like it's hot Park it like it's hot And if a nigga get a attitude Pop it like it's hot Pop it like it's hot Pop it like it's hot I got the rolly on my arm and I'm pouring Chandon And I roll the best weed cause I got it going on [Verse - Pharrell Williams] Uh! I'm a nice dude, with some nice dreams See these ice cubes, see these Ice Creams? Eligible bachelor, million dollar boat That's whiter than what's spilling down your throat The Phantom, exterior like fish eggs The interior like suicide wrist red I can excercise you, this can be your Phys. Ed Cheat on your man ma, that's how you get ahizzead Killer wit the beat, I know killers in the street Wit the steel that'll make you feel like Chinchilla in the heat So don't try to run up on my ear talking all that raspy shit Trying to ask me shit When my niggaz fill ya vest they ain't gon pass me shit You should think about it, take a second Matter fact, you should take four B And think before you fuck wit lil skateboard P [Chorus] [Verse - Snoop Dogg] I'm a gangsta, but y'all knew that Da Big Bo$$ Dogg, yeah I had to do that I keep a blue flag hanging out my backside But only on the left side, yeah that's the Crip side Ain't no other way to play the game the way I play I cut so much you thought I was a DJ <b>...</b>
Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa - Young, Wild and Free ft. Bruno Mars
SNOOP DOGG - WHO AM I (WHATS MY NAME) HD
ALBUM : DOGGYSTYLE (1993 - Death Row Records)
Dr. Dre - Still DRE ft. Snoop Dogg
Music video by Dr. Dre performing Still DRE. (C) 1999 Aftermath Entertainment/Interscope Records
Snoop Dogg - Boom ft. T-Pain
Music video by Snoop Dogg (feat. T-Pain) performing Boom. (P) (C) 2011 Capitol Records, LLC. All rights reserved. Unauthorized reproduction is a violation of applicable laws. Manufactured by Capitol Records, LLC, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA 90028.
Dr. Dre - Kush ft. Snoop Dogg, Akon
Music video by Dr. Dre performing Kush. (C) 2010 Interscope Records
Snoop Lion "La La La" Prod. by Major Lazer
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