Snoop Lion “Reincarnated”

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It’s finally here!! Snoop Dogg Lion’s debut reggae album Reincarnated. This album has made its rounds in the media for slightly obvious reasons: Snoop Dogg tun’ Rasta!! Or so it seems. Many believe that this whole transition into the world of reggae and Rastafari is a stunt and think that Snoop’s change of heart is inauthentic. But reggae has always been about love and unity right? So who’s to be the judge of Snoop’s heart?? And anyway, who cares, the album is here and it’s surprisingly decent!

I will admit, I had my doubts when I first heard about this project and I’m happy to say that Reincarnated exceeded my expectations. On this album the listener gets a little bit of everything: a roots vibe, some dancehall flavor, a little hip hop, definitely some conscious lyrics and best of all – authentic Snoop Dogg. A few singles have already made their debuts like “Lighters Up” featuring Mavado and Popcaan, “Here Comes The King” featuring Angela Hunte and “La La La”. Some others that are well worth a listen are “Smoke The Weed” featuring Collie Buddz, “Fruit Juice” featuring Mr. Vegas and the curiously good “Ashtrays and Heartbreaks” featuring a wild card guest selection, pop star Miley Cyrus?? I know, but just give it a listen.

Overall, it seems the success of the album has yet to be seen but thankfully the selection of musical guests have given the album some form of credibility and industry support. Big names like Busta Rhymes, Chris Brown, Rita Ora, and Drake help it to be palatable to the U.S. audience but we will have to see how authentic reggae lovers digest this album. The samples used like the Sleng Teng riddim (a dancehall classic) and a choice Michael Palmer sample may help. Thanks to the album’s executive producer Diplo of Major Lazer the production is nice and it’s not too much of a crossover minus a few tracks (like 5, 10, and 11) and Snoop’s wannabe “Ja-fakin” patois accent. Below are a few tracks from Reincarnated and a video from the album. Check it out and see for yourself!

Snoop Lion “Here Comes The King”

“Ashtrays And Heartbreaks”

“Fruit Juice”

“Smoke The Weed”

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