Aug 16, 2013

Roots & Rhythm: Snoop Lion - "Reincarnation"

I feel like I am one of few people I know listening to "Reincarnation" by Snoop Lion.  There was the initial confusion and subsequent criticism of his commitment to Rastafarian beliefs, but when I separate the politics from the project, I like what I hear.  Perhaps it is because I love reggae, but I haven't stopped listening to "Reincarnation" since I did my initial preview.

Snoop Lion, "No Guns Allowed"
A hair icon in his own right, it as Snoop Lion he decided to lock his hair, which I actually like as well.  Despite the questions regarding his authenticity as a Rasta, Snoop looks completely comfortable submerged in the culture.  It is a bit weird to hear him use an accent at times, but the cadence of his flow now is really no different than it has always been to me.

Snoop Doggy Dogg in his ponytails and braids phase.
In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Snoop explained his growth to Snoop Lion as a natural progression in life as a man and a father.  I think this is most evident in his choice to include his daughter on "No Guns Allowed".  As the song starts Snoop shares,
"We all feel hurt, here's mine.  Here me now." 


Snoop also has one other very interesting collaboration with Miley Cyrus on "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks". While Miley was the most shocking feature for me, neither she nor Snoop seem out of their element on the track and it works for me.

Akon, Collie Budz and Busta Ryhmes also make an appearance on "Reincarnation" and his choice to work with Angela Hunte on several songs was truly smart as her energy grounds his in the reggae vibe.

Snoop's Selfie.
Whatever his reasons are, I appreciate his efforts on "Reincarnation".  As a bonus, here's "So Long", one of my favorite songs from the album.

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