Documentary “Reincarnated” Shows Snoop Dogg’s Alter-Ego
Sometimes, our favorite artists seem to just disappear. We hear bits and pieces of them in other songs or may see them on TV once in awhile. But other than that, we wouldn’t know if they even exist any more. One of those artists is Snoop Dogg. We haven’t seen much of him besides his brief cameos in some popular songs. What happened to our favorite rapper who coined the popular “Gin & Juice” and “What’s My Name?”
He pretty much dropped off the map in the last decade. But, recently he has been working on his own original music in Jamaica, and it seems he has developed an entirely new sound and lifestyle. A new documentary titled Reincarnated follows Snoop Dogg as he lives in Jamaica and develops his new alter-ego “Snoop Lion.”
Reincarnated shows the former Snoop Dogg immersing himself in Jamaican culture, disconnecting himself from his former hip-hop lifestyle, and picking up a “rasta life.” It was co-produced by Vice Films and Snoop Dogg’s Snoopadelic Films.
It seems Snoop Dogg, or Snoop Lion, needed a reinvention as his hip-hop career gave him many ups and downs over the years. The trailer starts off by going through some of Snoop Dogg’s past. Snoop lost many friends during his rap career. The trailer shows a clip of one funeral and a grieving Snoop Dogg shedding tears over another lost loved one.
After all of that grieving and strife, it’s almost expected he would want to take on a new ego, to look at life differently, and embrace another culture. Reinventions are refreshing and inspiring, and Snoop Dogg seems to reflect its positive benefits as his happiness radiates throughout the trailer.
It appears the reinvention wasn’t exactly a planned move for Snoop Dogg. The reggae influence seemed to come out when Snoop traveled to Jamaica to record with producer Diplo. He soon found himself “positively impacted by Rastafarian culture and [became] reincarnated as Snoop Lion.”
It’s hard to say whether his new sound will be received as well as his old music, but the documentary looks interesting nonetheless. Chronicling a transformation of any kind always provides viewers with inspiration and entertainment, especially when it involves a successful artist.
Reincarnation is set to screen at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.