News: Snoop Dogg Ditches The Lion, Changes His Rap Name Again

Thursday, Oct 17, 2013 7:32PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg continues to pave new lanes in the music industry and has reportedly decided to drop the "Lion" from his most recent alias and undergone yet another name change.

According to reports, the artist formerly known as "Snoop Lion" will now don the tag "Snoopzilla."

First he was Snoop Dogg, then he was reincarnated as Snoop Lion and now he's rechristened himself Snoopzilla for 7 Days of Funk, a new collaborative project with groove singer Dam-Funk. The duo released the album's first official single, "Faden Away," today on iTunes and are set to release an album, also titled 7 Days of Funk, on December 10th on Stones Throw Records. "We're the babies of the Mothership," Snoopzilla said in a statement. "I've had funk influences in my music my whole career. Dam-Funk is cold. He's keeping the funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him." (Rolling Stone)

Snoop's newest music sidekick, Dam-Funk, has already addressed their upcoming project.

Snoop and Dam-Funk first paired in 2011, when the rapper-singer invited the funk vocalist onstage for a performance at SXSW. 7 Days of Funk will feature cameos from Snoop's Tha Dogg Pound cohorts Daz and Kurupt and drummer-singer Steve Arrington, a recent Dam-Funk collaborator. "Snoop knew what I was thinking without me having to articulate it," Dam-Funk added in the same statement. "That's how you know when you gel artistically with someone. These beats were made for him and he laid down some of the smoothest harmonies and melodies I've ever heard. It's hip-hop, but you can also hear what we grew up on, from Zapp to Evelyn 'Champagne' King and Patrice Rushen." (Rolling Stone)

Last year, the West Coast rap vet revealed Dr. Dre's initial reaction to his "Snoop Lion" alias.

"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 2012.

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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