News: 50 Cent Reacts To Snoop's New 'Lion' Persona: "I Don't Know How His Little League Team's Parents Will Feel"

Friday, Aug 10, 2012 8:25AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

G-Unit leader 50 Cent recently reacted to Snoop Dogg adding the alias "Lion" to his rap name and looked at both the positive and negative effects it could have.

Supportive of Snoop's creativity, Fif did consider the impact the name could have on his youth football team.

"It's interesting," 50 told THR in an interview for his upcoming film Freelancers. "Of course, there will be some people who connect to it and there will be some people that run from it - I don't know how his little league team's parents will feel about his new persona. But again, it's a persona - these are the choices he's created for himself creatively. And, you know, I think it will work." 50 observes that not just Snoop but hip-hop itself has a long history of celebrating weed culture. "Snoop's always been that," he says. "In the very beginning, that was his consistent theme - he had the weed, and everything else was there. [But] for hip-hop culture, it will work, because there's enough of that going on; Wiz Khalifa, his entire theme is that. I've consistently seen artists sell 500,000 copies with that as a theme: Redman, Method Man, Styles P." (The Hollywood Reporter)

He also pointed out one-hit wonder Afroman blowing up from a weed-based single in the early 2000's.

"And then I saw someone sell a million records when Afroman spoke to the younger college demographic - 'I was going to do my homework, but then I got high,'" he recalls, referring to the rapper's 2001 hit single "Because I Got High." "It just changed it up - it just felt like there was a humor to the way he chose to write it and it had a stronger impression and effect, because the kids liked to laugh at it." (The Hollywood Reporter)

A few weeks ago, Snoop admitted his name change initially confused longtime friend/producer Dr. Dre.

"He would see me come to rehearsals with all of my Rastafari, my gear, my hair, my look. He was just peeping me out, and I let him know I was doing a reggae project and working on the album and whatnot, but he didn't really understand it until 'La La La' came out," Snoop told MTV News. "La La La," the first single from Reincarnated, which Snoop released July 20, marked a new chapter in his musical career, though he has always infused reggae lingo in tracks like the 1992 Dr. Dre track "The Day the N---az Took Over" and his 1993 album cut "Pump Pump." (MTV)

Reports of Snoop's name change sprouted in late July.

Is Snoop Dogg changing his name? It seems the rapper is changing things up, transforming into Snoop Lion (though his legal name remains Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.). The West Coast artist held a news conference in New York on Monday, where he talked about his February trip to Jamaica as the inspiration for his change of moniker. The Lion worked on his new album, "Reincarnated," while visiting the island. What do you think of Snoop Lion's new name? (Boston)

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