Snoop Lion

Snoop Lion

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On March 19th, 2012, MTV News[12] published an article titled ''Snoop Dogg's Next Album Will Show His 'Loving Caring' Side'', which quoted the rapper Calvin Broadus discussing his new album who revealed "it's a real special project to me because it's like the reincarnation and the birth of me becoming who I really am." On July 20th, 2012, Broadus released a reggae track titled "La La La" under the new moniker "Snoop Lion" on the music sharing website SoundCloud.[1] The release coincided with the launch of the Tumblr blog[6], featuring pictures, video and news related to the artist.

Notable Developments

Media Coverage

The same day the reggae song was released, the music blogs Hip Hop Wired[10] and Idolator[11] published article about Broadus’ new stage name and highlighted the SoundCloud audio track. On July 21st, the music news blog Pitchfork[18] published an article titled "Snoop Dogg Announces Reggae LP as Snoop Lion, Shares Major Lazer-Produced Track", reporting that the music producer Diplo collaborated with Broadus on the new album. On July 23rd, the new album was reported by the music news publications Spin[13], Rolling Stone[14] and Billboard[17], as well as The Guardian[15] and The Huffington Post.[16]


On July 30th, 2012, the arts and culture publication Vice[19] released a trailer for the documentary Reincarnated (shown below, left), a film that follows Broadus during his trip in Jamaica recording the album Reincarnated with the music producer Diplo. On August 2nd, the Vice music website Noisey[20] released a video titled "We Got High With Snoop Lion" (shown below, right), which featured an interview with Broadus explaining how his trip to Jamaica influenced his decision to change his stage name.


On October 15th, 2013, Broadus announced he had changed his stage name to "Snoopzilla" for an upcoming album made in collaboration with the American modern-funk musician Dâm-Funk.[21]

Online Reaction

On Twitter

On July 31st, 2012, the tech news blog International Digital Times[3] published an article reporting that Broadus' new stage name had inspired the Twitter hashtag "#UpgradedRapperNames" and highlighted several tweets parodying the names of various hip hop artists.

On Reddit

On August 2nd, 2012, Redditor NuclearThane submitted a post titled "My father drew this in response to Snoop's recent name change", which included an illustration of Broadus as the cowardly lion in the film The Wizard of Oz (shown below, left). The same day, Redditor PhiladelphiaIrish submitted a picture of Broadus' superimposed on to a screen capture from the film The Lion King (shown below, right) to the /r/funny[4] subreddit, which received over 13,000 up votes and 135 comments within 24 hours.

On YouTube

Several notable YouTubers uploaded commentary about the new moniker, many of whom mocked and criticized the artist for the sudden name change.

Notable Examples

Image macros and photoshopped images of the artist began appearing on sites like Memebase[7] and Tumblr[8] under the tag "#snoop lion.

SNOOP LION MEMEBASE.COM Snoop Lion What? SNOOP DOGG is evolving!
RNIMORPHS Sometimes, to become a lion, ou must first become a dogg... The Transformizzle Snoop Dogg SCHOLASTIC MEMEBASE.COM OS X Snoop Lion Great new features for the MacDaddy. And beyond OS X Snoop Lion is a rebirth, inspired by traditional reggae style. You can send iJoints. Get your Mac in on Pot Center. Receive police raid notifications. And more. And with HighCloud, now your Mac works even better with your iParaphernalia HighCloud. It just smokes. In more ways than ever HighCloud is how a Mac and your iParaphernalia work together. It keeps your stash bitches, court documents, and more up to date wherever you use them. So, when you add delete, or change something on your Mac, it happens everywhere. Joints. iJoints now comes to the Mac. Joints with iJoints takes your smokeouts even further, Now you can send maryjane to anyone using an iParaphernalia device. Joints appear on your Mac and any device you use, which means you can stay high no matter where you are. Send photos or videos of girls that have gone wild to any of your bitches-even send them to a group. Police Raid Notification Center. See what's new with the po-po. Something new is always popping up somewhere in your hood- a shooting, a bitch gone cray, a grow house gets busted. Police Raid Notification Center makes it easy to stay on top of it all, Notifications always appear in the same spot on your Desktop and disappear o Joints Bitches Dizzles 3 quickly so they don't distract from your rap video editing sessions. You'll always knovw what's poppin' as soon as it pops. Pot Center. Mac gets in on that sweet grass. With the Pot Center app on your Mac, you can smoke out with anyone on a Mac or any iParaphermalia device. Just use your Pot Center account, sign in, and settle in. See all the doobies you've blazed, and get one going quickly. Check out the Leaderboards and see who's growing the best shizz. Pot Center even recommends g---- based on your smoking preferences so you can get the best high on you Mac

The Artist

Calvin Broadus, Jr. is a rapper, record producer and actor best known by his former stage name Snoop Dogg. He began rapping in 1992 when he collaborated with the hip hop producer Dr. Dre on his solo debut album The Chronic. The following year, Broadus released the album Doggystyle, which sold nearly one million copies in the first week. Broadus is known to have re-popularized "-izzle"[5] speech, a style of speaking in which variations of the suffix "izzle" are added to words.

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