In a perverse case of life imitating art, Snoop faced murder charges in connection with

the 1993 death of a man, charges that he was eventually acquitted of. “It was so crazy

because in my real life I had an actual real case like that, that happened that had nothing

to do with the song,” Snoop told us last week. “[It] was a reflection of what you write and

what you put out is gonna come back to you.”

This new Snoop sees things much differently than his 1993 self. You can attribute the

change to 20 years of growth and maturity. “Now you see me writing about ‘No Guns Allowed’

because … it’s about being a man and being strong and being powerful enough to try and

educate and deter people from doing negative things in life,” he said.

On July 30, Snoop Lion gathered members of the press to take a listen to his upcoming

Reincarnated album. He, the LP’s producer Diplo and members of Snoop’s writing team

played select tracks from the island-soaked long player which they recorded in Jamaica.

Among the standouts was “No Guns Allowed,” a direct call for peace.

To record Reincarnated, Snoop first got a blessing from Bob Marley’s son Rohan and made

a pilgrimage to Jamaica, where he formed a bond with the Niyabinghi branch of the Rastafari

movement. The Los Angeles game spitter explained that he had grown bored of rap and simply

answered his calling. “The spirit called me. Any time the spirit calls you, you gotta know it’s

serious and real,” he said to a room of gathered press. “I wanna bury Snoop Dogg and become

Snoop Lion.”

While Snoop once delivered killer jams to his fans, today he is on a new mission. “The world

needs positivity and music that feels good,” Snoop said. “Because music is a relief. That’s what

it does: It relives your pain, it relives anything that you’re going through. When you go to a club

or go in your car and put on your music it’s for relief.”

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