Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion, gets banned from Norway, etc. - Reverb

Snoop Dogg becomes Snoop Lion, gets banned from Norway, etc.

Snoop Dogg is having a busy week — and it’s only Tuesday.

What with receiving a two-year ban from entering the country of Norway, holding a presser at a Caribbean restaurant to promote his forthcoming documentary, “Reincarnated,” and, in his spare time, (kind of) changing his onstage surname from “Dogg” to “Lion,” the 40-year-old Calvin Broadus seems more omnipresent than ever (think about that one).

This NYT blog post has the scoop, but here are a few context-free quotes to whet your appetite:

“I have always said I was Bob Marley reincarnated”

Editor’s note: Snoop was born 10 years before Bob Marley died.

“I feel I have always been a Rastafari. I just didn’t have my third eye open, but its wide open right now.”

“Rap is not a challenge to me”

“I have always wanted to make a song that could really stand for something”

“I could never make a song called ‘No Guns Allowed’ because I was supposed to be a gangsta.”

Perhaps the most interesting part of this saga is that all of these life changes come not one month after the direct-to-DVD release of his film “Mac & Devin Go To High School” with 24-year-old Wiz Khalifa.

Publicity stunt or epiphany? Do we even care? C’mon, he’s Snoop.

Follow our news and updates on Twitter, our whereabouts on Foursquare and our relationship status on Facebook. Or send us a telegram.

John Hendrickson is the managing editor of Reverb and a multimedia journalist at The Denver Post. Follow him on Twitter, if that’s what you’re into.

  • Robert Chase

    What is wrong with Norway (otherwise so sensible and civilized) that it bans cannabis?