Snoop Dogg was once the epitome of a gangster.

In 1992, When a young Calvin Broadus first emerged alongside Dr. Dre crooning “187

on an undercover cop,” wearing his Long Beach snapback, there was something

menacing yet magnetic about the then rising rap star. These days, the newly minted

Snoop Lion is singing a different tune on his upcoming reggae album Reincarnated.

Instead of “Murder Was the Case” Snoop is singing of peace on songs like “No Guns

Allowed” and the juxtaposition and evolution isn’t lost on the global music star.




” ‘Murder Was the Case’ was a song about a gangsta that was given a decision on whether

he was gonna live his life the right way or the wrong way,” Snoop told MTV News of his

1993 single from his multiplatinum debut album Doggystyle.

The Dr. Dre-produced track told the story of a young gangster who strikes a deal with the

devil while he lies on his hospital bed. In the song, Snoop escapes death and obtains

ridiculous amounts of wealth before he is double crossed and sent to prison.