Snoop Lion: ‘These songs will make me a real musical icon’

Rapper says he wants to get into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Snoop Lion thinks his new music will turn him into a “real icon”.

The hip hop star, known as Snoop Dogg before his conversion to Rastafarianism, has reinvented himself as a reggae artist and releases ‘Reincarnated‘, his first album under the new moniker and 12th in total, next month. The album, which features guest appearances from Drake, Chris Brown and Rita Ora, is the first to reflect this new path, while Snoop believes it will open him up to a new group of fans.

In an interview with Q magazine, he said: “Songs that will cross me over to a real musical icon. It’s real important to me. You don’t do it for the accolades but when you’ve been in it for so long and you’ve been great, you start to look for things to push you forward.

“I wanna go to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. And the only way I can do that is if I do 25 years of great music non-stop. So I’ve got two more years to go. That’s my goal.” He went to explain why he has gone for such a drastic change in his career, insisting that he didn’t get bored of his rap persona, but just wanted to mix things up.

“It’s like Michael Jordan. He won three basketball championships and decided to take a year off to play baseball ‘cos he loved it. He struck out terrible and people were, Mike, you gotta put that 23 [jersey] back on! And he put that motherfucking number 23 back on and won three more championships in a row. So, to me? I’m at that stage where I won so many championships in rap that I wanna see if I can win a championship in reggae. And if it don’t work out, I could always go grab my jersey, put it back on. Go back to the rap world.”

Speaking to NME earlier this month, Snoop said he’s unsure of his musical direction after the release of ‘Reincarnated’, stating he’s unlikely to return to Jamaica to make the album as he had done with his reggae debut.

Meanwhile, Bunny Wailer, the former drummer of The Wailers, has criticised Snoop’s conversion, believing it it nothing more than a stunt to sell records, even threatening legal action against the rapper for his “fraudulent” actions.