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Snoop Lion captures Reggae Grammy nomination

Snoop Lion Reggae Grammy Revered gangster rap star, Snoop Dogg can now add a Reggae Grammy nomination to his list of achievements after he was named one of five finalists on Friday for the Best Reggae Album award at next year’s Grammy Awards.

The artist, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, is being nominated for his album, Reincarnated, which he unveiled this past spring under the Snoop Lion moniker. The album features collaborations with Mavado, Popcaan, Mr. Vegas, Drake and Miley Cyrus amongst others, was the best-selling Reggae album in the United States this year, selling over 21,000 copies in its first week and over 50,000 copies there.

Another artist receiving his first Reggae Grammy nod is the more seasoned Reggae veteran, Sizzla Kalonji for his album, The Messiah. Having recorded over 70 albums in his career, it is the first chance he will have a music’s most prestigious award. 

Beres Hammond is also amongst the finalists, securing his first nomination since 2002 with his One Love, One Life double album, featuring the hit single, In My Arms.

The other two contenders for the Best Reggae Album award are four-time winner, Ziggy Marley for Ziggy Marley in Concert and Sly and Robbie and the Jam Masters with Reggae Connection.

The 56th Grammy Awards will take place on January 26 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Lady Saw calls out Snoop Lion

Lady Saw vs Snoop LionOne of Dancehall’s greats has become wary of the musical path taken by Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Doggas Lady Saw recently took the popular American musician to task for his venturing into Reggae music.

In a recent interview, the ‘Queen of Dancehall’ voiced her disapproval of Snoop’s dabbling into the Reggae market. When speaking following her performance at Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records in late July, Lady Saw spoke about the implications for Jamaican Reggae artists who strive to achieve chart and commercial success internationally with overseas acts such as Snoop Lion infiltrating the market.

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Largeup.com: Eddie Murphy goes reggae with Snoop Lion

words by Jesse Sewer

The last time we heard Eddie Murphy sing reggae, he was instructing the members of a VFW Hall to “kill all the white people,” in one of the most memorable skits from his run at SNL. More than three decades later, we’re still laughing at that one.

Well we’re laughing again, but this time not for the same reasons. Reviving a spotty music career that includes“Party All the Time” with Rick James, a not-exactly reggae link-up with Shabba Ranks, and the super-colossal clash of the titans that no one seems to remember, “What’s Up With You” with Michael Jackson, the one-time funniest man in the world has just turned up in a mysterious new music video that’s got us going, “Woy!”

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Snoop Lion’s ‘Reincarnated’ album tops Billboard Reggae chart

Snoop Lion ReincarnatedGangster-rap legend turned Reggae crooner,Snoop Lion has seen his change of genre merit rewards as his debut Reggae album, Reincarnated has topped Billboard’s Reggae albums chart.

The album, released April 23rd, sold over 21,000 copies during its first week and is currently number 16 on the Billboard Hot 200.

Reincarnated features a number of hits including “Lighters Up,” (feat. Mavado and Popcaan, La La La and his anti-gun anthem “No Guns Allowed,” (feat. Drake and Cori B).

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Snoop Lion blasts Bunny Wailer following criticism of new moniker

Snoop Dogg and Snoop LionThough toting a more conscious, positive vibe as Snoop Lion, the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg is barking back at one of his harshest critics in Reggae legend, Bunny Wailer.

The rap legend turned Reggae crooner ripped Wailer during an interview published Thursday in Rolling Stone Magazine after months of accusations by the former Wailing Wailers member that he had been profiting from Rastafarian culture and misrepresenting the faith. In the interview, Snoop retorted to these accusations, holding nothing back.

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Rastas claim Snoop misused ‘Lion’ moniker, illegally shot footage for new film

ReincarnatedProminent members of Jamaica’s Rastafarian community have long been skeptical of Snoop Lion‘s recent conversion from gangster rapper to a melodic Reggae musician. They now have made their reasoning clear as to why they believe his new ‘Lion’ moniker is nothing more than a cheap gimmick.

Iconic Reggae musician, Bunny Wailer has been very vocal regarding Snoop Dogg‘s morphing into a ‘Lion’ in February of last year as he visited Jamaica to film a new documentary, Reincarnated. The film, which premiered across U.S. Theatres last Friday, shows footage of Snoop’s intimate conversation with Wailer while showing the former rapper’s interaction with several high priests at a Nyabinghi temple in Clarendon during his visit.

However, Wailer and members of the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council claim footage of both encounters were used illegally in Reincarnated and have been reaching out to Snoop for what they claim are breaches of an agreement struck during the American entertainer’s visit.

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Video: Snoop Lion ft. Angela Hunte & Major Lazer - "Here Comes the King"

Video: Snoop Lion ft. Angela Hunte & Major Lazer – “Here Comes the King”

Snoop Lion’s latest video for his single “Here Comes the King” is an epic anti-hater anthem and a celebration of peace, love and unity. From the forthcoming album Reincarnated out April 2013 on RCA/VICE.

Co-written by Angela Hunte, author of Jay-Z and Alicia Keys’ “Empire State of Mind.”
Produced by Major Lazer.

Director: Andy Capper
Director of Photography: Nick Neofitidis
Producer: Codine Williams
Executive Producers: Suroosh Alvi, Ted Chung
Editor: Drew Bolton
A&R: Justin Li
TM: Kevin “Killa Dilla” Barkey

Thanks to RCA, VICE, Stampede, Cashmere, Carleene Samuels / Creative Source / Prana Lifestyle, Jay Wills, Willie Toledo, The Jamfit Cheerleaders of Kingston, Gee Jam, Jon Baker, Steve Beaver, Trident Castle staff, Juliette Eisner.

 

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Snoop Lion documentary, ‘Reincarnated’ to hit theatres worldwide this March

Reincarnated movie poster 5.inddReincarnated, the much anticipated documentary by Snoop Lion will finally make its way to theatres March 15th.

New York based magazine/multimedia outlet and producers for Reincarnated, VICE made the announcement regarding the movie’s release date on Thursday. Reincarnated can be viewed across a number of select American theatres, including New York’s Sunshine Cinemas, Laemmle Monica and City Walk (Los Angeles), Opera Plaza (San Francisco), Century (Chicago), Midtown Art Cinema (Atlanta) and O Cinema. The film will also debut across theatres in the United Kingdom on March 22. No announcement was made regarding if and when the movie will make its way to Jamaican theatres.

Snoopadelic Films in collaboration with VICE Films shot the long-awaited feature film last year during Snoop’s trip to Jamaica. It recalls the captivating and somewhat eccentric journey of an artiste who went from a gangster rap icon into a Reggae crooner while trying to understand the nuances of the island’s culture, music and people.

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Snoop Lion to meet with Rastas in attempt to settle differences

Snoop-Dogg-TransformationDays after legendary Reggae singer, Bunny Wailer and members of the Rastafari Millennium Council went after Snoop Lion for his alleged profiting off Rastafarian culture, the former gangster rapper turned Reggae crooner hopes to make amends with them.

Snoop Lion will reportedly fly down to Jamaica in February to meet with Wailer and the Rasta Council in an attempt to hash out a truce Last week, Wailer blasted Snoop in an interview with TMZ for using the Rastafarian culture to help him sell records, accusing the artiste formerly known as Snoop Dogg of failing to meet the ‘contractual, moral and verbal commitments’ of being a Rasta.

Wailer also chastized Snoop of ‘outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism,’ while the Rasta Council, which he heads, released a statement saying in part, “Smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and Reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari indigenous culture!”

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LargeUp TV: Snoop Lion on Bunny Wailer

Snoop discusses his relationship with reggae legend Bunny Wailer in an exclusive interview with LargeUp TV.

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Rastas denounce Snoop Lion’s use of their culture

Snoop-Dogg-TransformationSnoop Lion’s recent transformation from hardcore rap to Reggae has surprised and even amused many music fans locally and overseas. However, some prominent Rastafarians are far from enthused about the entertainer’s new persona.

Legendary Reggae singer, Bunny Wailer has called out the artiste formerly known as Snoop Dogg, claiming he has been using his ‘Lion’ moniker to profit off Rastafarian culture. Wailer and the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millenium Council issued a seven page letter to Snoop Lion on Wednesday outlining their grievances with the artiste.

Wailer told TMZ of his belief that Snoop Lion is only using the Rastafarian moniker to sell records and his Reincarnated movie while insisting the converted Reggae crooner has failed to meet the “contractual, moral and verbal commitments” of being a Rasta.

According to Wailer, Snoop has engaged in ‘outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism” — and has failed to meet “contractual, moral and verbal commitments.’

The Council also questioned Snoop’s motives for making the switch, demanding he drop the ‘Lion’ off his name immediately. “Smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and Reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari indigenous Culture!” they said in their statement.

Snoop Lion, who has traveled to Jamaica on several occasions over the last year, has yet to respond to these accusations. In a recent television interview, Snoop explained he was given the ‘Lion’ name by a group of Rastafarians he visited during his trip to Jamaica last February, signaling his maturity as a man.

The California-born entertainer returned to the island earlier this month as he shot the official video for his single, Lighters Up, featuring prominent Dancehall artistes, Popcaan and Mavado. He is also promoting the new web series, Noisey Jamaica, a 10-part web series exploring the nuances of Dancehall music and culture which debuted on Tuesday.

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Snoop shoots first video in JA as he unites Mavado and Popcaan

mavado-snoop-lion-popcaan1Recently reincarnated American musician, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) continues to showcase his infatuation for Jamaican culture by shooting his first music video in the island. He is also using it as an opportunity to bridge two of music’s camps together.

Snoop Lion arrived in the island last weekend to shoot his second Reggae video since shifting his moniker earlier this year. The video, for his single Lighters Up, features appearances from prominent ‘Gaza’ artiste, Popcaan and popular ‘Gully’ singjay, Mavado. The trio shot the Andy Capper directed video in Portland.

In an interview on TVJ’s Entertainment Report aired Friday, Snoop Dogg admitted that he used Lighters Up as an opportunity to bring together two of the biggest names from the ‘Gaza’ and ‘Gully’ camps, known for their animosity towards each other in recent years.

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Mavado reportedly working on collaborations with ‘Gaza’ artistes, Snoop Lion

Prominent Dancehall/Reggae singjay, Mavado might be seeking to prove that unity does exist between ‘Gaza’ and ‘Gully’ artistes after all as the self-professed Gully Gaad aims towards working with a pair of Gaza heavyweights.

According to reports, Mavado has communicated with highly acclaimed Gaza deejays, Tommy Lee and Popcaan regarding possible collaborations. A source close to entertainment website, Urban Islandz confirmed the exchanges, insisting that this move will help to encourage unity throughout the Jamaican music industry.

“The link was made through a third party and a popular producer in Jamaica…Mavado, Popcaan and Tommy Lee are the hottest artists in dancehall right now and we need unity in the industry. You never know you might just see a collab from Mavado and Kartel in the future,” the source said.

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Popcaan and Drake to collaborate?

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Popcaan could soon score another hit collaboration with an overseas sensation as he seeks to build his consistently impressive resume.

Having joined forces with rap legends such as Busta Rhymes (Only Man She Want Remix) and Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg), Popcaan could soon add Canadian hip-hop superstar, Drake to his list of international collaborators after meeting up with the Marvin’s Room singer in his hometown of Toronto recently.

Popcaan performed a pair of shows during the much hyped Caribana weekend in Toronto, to rave reviews. While in Canada’s largest city, Popcaan received an invitation from Drake to attend the OVO Fest, an annual concert hosted by Drake in Toronto. This, after Drake and his team reached out to the Ravin’ singer months leading up to the Caribana festival.

The OVO Fest not only featured performances from rap superstars such as Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross, Meek Millz and Snoop Lion, but also saw Drake and Popcaan link up backstage where they discussed the prospect of working together going forward.

“I met Drake backstage at OVO Fest, then linked again at the after party on Sunday, (August 5th). After that di vibes did mad so we went to two private parties on Monday, following di show,” Popcaan intimated via press release.

“Meeting Drake was good; he’s cool and wants to come to Jamaica again. Him rate my ‘Yiy Change’ mixtape. His whole crew knows the mixtape well. He likes my music and knows all di slangs.”

Drake has long been an admirer of Popcaan’s music; constantly tweeting out phrases and lyrics coined by the former Portmore Empire deejay.

Though back in Jamaica, Popcaan will return to Canada this Saturday where he’s scheduled to perform at the Montreal International Reggae Festival before heading for shows in Winnipeg as well as Hamilton, Ottawa and London, Ontario respectively.

“It’s been a crazy summer but mi give thanks, especially to all di fans that show up and pack di shows. Di fans dem mad, dem fry. Canada always shows me nuff love; respect to the Canadians fans straight,” he said.

Popcaan has been performing across the Caribbean and back home as well throughout the summer, travelling to Martinique, Guadeloupe and Trinidad while also giving rousing sets at Reggae Sumfest 2012 as well as the recently concluded Smirnoff Dream Weekend in Negril.

Furthermore, Popcaan has continued recording; recently unveiling tracks such as Bay Badness, Me Baby Dat and will soon release the single, Me Caan Believe (Young Vibez Production) as well as a song on the Pre-Release Riddim, crafted by ZJ Liquid.

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Snoop Dogg credits Bob Marley for ‘Lion’ transformation

Internationally acclaimed rap star, Snoop Dogg has reinvigorated his career by morphing into a full-fledged ‘Lion’ and credits Reggae music’s greatest product for his transformation.

Set to release his first Reggae album entitled Reincarnated, Snoop Lion has remodeled his musical approach in recent months; moving from the hardcore gangster raps he became renowned for into a more peaceful zone through efforts like La La La, the first single off Reincarnated.

In an interview with MTV earlier this week, Snoop Lion credited Reggae icon, Bob Marley as one of the pioneers who helped him change his musical style; also citing Beres Hammond, Peter Tosh. Gregory Isaacs and Bunny Wailer as inspirations that helped guide him towards forming his new persona.

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Snoop Dogg debuts alter-ego, drops first Reggae single

Months after internationally acclaimed rap legend, Snoop Dogg filmed a documentary in Jamaica, the prominent artiste has created an alter ego symbolic of the island’s culture and its most popular genre.

In February, Snoop Dogg visited Jamaica as he shot footage for a documentary focusing on the Rastafari Movement as well as the island’s culture. Additionally, the rap icon reportedly recorded a single at Geejam Studios in Portland for his upcoming album, Reincarnated.

Obviously fond of Jamaican folklore and Reggae music, Snoop Dogg recently created a new moniker, Snoop Lion and has recorded his debut single under the new alter-ego dubbed, La La La. Produced by Major Lazer, La La La showcases an authentic Reggae sound as Snoop attempts to speak Jamaican patois. Meanwhile, popular Reggae singer, Jovi Rockwell features on the track as she provides background vocals.

So far, the reception to Snoop Dogg’s change of style has been positive as fans and even Bob Marley’s son, Rohan Marley offered words of encouragement via Twitter (@snoop_lion) to the prominent entertainer.

This past March, Major Lazer’s Diplo hinted during an interview with MTV.com that he and Snoop Dogg will be working on a Reggae album together.

“What we’re doing is a reggae record. It’s like Snoop Dogg and Major Lazer together. It’s all reggae and he’s singing and he’s doing an awesome job and I never knew it, but he had his heart in every song,” he said.

“We’re going to get back into the production of it next month, and I’m really proud of that record. It’s the first record I’ve ever executive-produced and his crew is amazing.”

Major Lazer has significant experience dabbling in Jamaican music, working with highly regarded Dancehall/Reggae acts such as Vybz Kartel, Busy Signal and Mr. Lexx.

Meanwhile, Snoop Lion will give his first live performance during Caribana 2012 next week Friday in Toronto, Canada.

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