A touristy package holiday through Jamaican dub history

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Snoop Lion - 'Reincarnated'

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Snoop Lion – ‘Reincarnated’

Snoop Lion né Dogg’s reinvention from Death Row rapper to reggae Rastafarian is described on recent documentary Reincarnated as a spiritual adventure. Which is all well and good, but the musical results feel more like a touristy package holiday through Jamaican dub history. Blunt smoke-soaked organ lines slink around booming bass, as the Long Beach man muses on peace, love and lighting up. ‘Tired Of Running’ paints in vivid colours a man disillusioned with thug life, while ‘No Guns Allowed’ borrows piano samples from Beirut and a verse from Drake. However, from a man who stamped such a mark on West Coast hip-hop, this Wailers homage is disappointing.

Al Horner

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Record label:RCA
Release date:29 Apr, 2013