Snoop Lion’s Reggae Music

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Snoop Lion’s Reggae Music is a great way to relax and enjoy yourself. It’s also a great way to get in touch with your spiritual side.


Snoop Lion’s reggae music, also known as Rastafarian music, is a genre of music that developed in the late 1970s in Jamaica. The music is based on the Rastafari movement, which originated in the 1930s. It is characterized by heavy use of drums and bass, as well as by the use of Jamaican Patois, a creole language derived from English. Snoop Lion’s reggae music has been influenced by many other genres, including rocksteady, ska, dub, and hip hop.

Early Life and Career

Snoop Lion was born in Long Beach, California, on October 20, 1971. His real name is Calvin Broadus Jr., but he was given the name Snoop Doggy Dogg by his mother when he was a child. Snoop Dogg rose to prominence in the early 1990s as a member of the rap group N.W.A., and his solo debut album, Doggystyle, was released in 1993 and became a huge success, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. After leaving N.W.A., Snoop Dogg released several more solo albums that were well-received by both critics and fans alike; these include The Doggfather (1996), Tha Last Meal (2000), and Malice n Wonderland (2009). In 2012, Snoop Dogg converted to Rastafarianism and changed his name to Snoop Lion; he also released a reggae album called Reincarnated.

Transition to Reggae Music

Snoop Lion’s transition to making Reggae music was not an easy one. The artist, who was born in Long Beach, California, and rose to prominence in the early 1990s as a gangster rapper with the group N.W.A., says he had to “relearn how to make music” when he began working on his latest album, Reincarnated.

“When I went to Jamaica and started making music with Diplo and [producer] Mista Jam, it was like starting all over again,” Snoop told Rolling Stone in an interview. “I had to learn how to structure songs and write lyrics that were meaningful.”

The result is an album that is equal parts party anthem and ode to Rastafarian culture, with Snoop Lion (formerly known as Snoop Dogg) singing about peace, love, and unity over reggae-infused beats.

As he did with his previous album Doggumentary, Snoop Lion enlisted some big-name collaborators for Reincarnated, including Drake, T.I., Akon, Busta Rhymes, and Rita Ora. But it is his work with Jamaican musicians like Bounty Killer, Movado, and Machel Montano that really gives the album its distinct sound.

“The Jamaican people welcomed me with open arms,” Snoop said of his experience recording in the island nation. “They understand my love for their country and their music.”


In 2012, after changing his name to Snoop Lion, he faced much controversy for making a reggae album. Some people in the Jamaican community accused him of not understanding the culture and religion of Rastafari.


Snoop Lion has released three studio albums, one compilation album, and nineteen singles.

Studio albums
-Reincarnated (2012)
-BUSH (2015)

Compilation albums
-Reggae Nights (2007)

-“La La La” (featuring Dazz & Jazmine Sullivan) (2012)
-“Here Comes the King” (2013)
-“Lighters Up” (featuring Mavado & Popcaan) (2013)
-“Tired of Running” (featuring Akon) (2013)


Snoop Lion’s Reggae Music has been described as a “mixture of reggae, rap, R&B, and pop”.[1] The album was praised for its “reggae revival”[2][3] sound. Music journalists also noted that the album features Snoop Dogg’s “clearest articulation of his ‘Rastafarian roots’.[4][5] AllMusic’s David Jeffries praised the album for its eclectic sound, and wrote that it “might be one of the most schizophrenic albums of the year, with Snoop flowing from one musical style to another.”[6]

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