August 3rd, 2012
01:39 PM ET
By Anna-Lysa Gayle, CNN
(CNN)–Snoop Lion, as Snoop Dogg now calls himself, has thrown his fans a curveball. The popular West Coast rapper has taken himself from ‘thug’ life to ‘Rasta’ life.
His new image isn’t the only thing that has changed. His latest song "La La La," produced by Major Lazer, has garnered plenty of attention for its reggae sound.
Curiosity drew a lot of fans and others to our post “Snoop Dog is a Rasta now, so what’s Rastafari?”
Here's a look at some of comments and conversation around the piece.
Many can hear Snoop Lion’s attempt to emulate legendary artist Bob Marley in music. Now they can see similarities in their lifestyles and beliefs. So far, 823 commenters have chimed in and plenty more chirped in on Twitter in response to our post.
This reader is critical of Snoop Lion’s transition to Rastafari. His theory is that Snoop is trying to make his lifestyle justifiable in society using the religion.
Another reader chimed in that he hopes Snoop is taking the move seriously.
Karl Grzeszczack was in shock after reading the news about Snoop Lion. He says he wants to hear more Snoop Dogg and less Snoop Lion, a popular sentiment from commenters, too.
In a recent tweet, the Mediafly engineer said he has gotten accustomed to Snoop Lion in his element and fears that he may not be able to follow Snoop’s transition to Marley’s genre.
The music group Last Day of Sun used an analogy to express their confusion in a tweet.
@Gibbswich, along with many other commenters, urged others not to take the move too seriously, calling Snoop Lion’s name change a great marketing tactic.
This commenter says he agrees with @Gibbswich. He says he will start believing that Snoop Lion is a changed man once he stops being materialistic.
In a tweet, poker player Faraz Jaka says he initially thought Snoop Lion’s name change was “silly at first,” but he’s now looking forward to the new sound.
Many were fixated on one aspect of Rastafari: smoking the "wisdom weed," or marijuana, for thinking purposes.
This reader thinks weed is responsible for his Snoop Lion’s sudden epiphany, although the rapper revealed in a news conference on Monday that he got his new name in a temple from a high priest.
Another commenter defended Snoop Lion’s usage of weed, drawing from the same theological reference point as many Rastas. She encourages people to leave Snoop be.
This commenter encourages Christians to start smoking ganja to become more like Snoop Lion.
But another reader fired back. He warned saywhat not to categorize all Christians and even confessed his love for marijuana.
Snoop Lion debuts his new sound Friday night at the Hoxton in Toronto.
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