Undoubtedly, the most exciting part of the 2012 BET Hip-Hop Awards are the cyphers. This year, there were numerous freestyle performances from both veterans and up-and-coming rhyme-slingers worth mentioning. The "West Coast" cypher boast established rappers Snoop Dogg and E-40, and newcomer Kendrick Lamar.
When Snoop Dogg announced that he's a practicing Rastafarian and that he changed his name to Snoop Lion, it left people scratching their heads. But the veteran rhyme-slinger is serious about his newfound spiritual calling and he talks about it in the Oct. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter.
Snoop Dogg flipped his alter ego from Snoop Lion to anchorman Nemo Hoes so he can entertain his good friend Paris Hilton on an episode of the GGN News Network. 'The Drop It Like It's Hot' rapper interviewed Hilton about her business ventures and forced her to drink beer for the first time. Say what?
Snoop Dogg's transformation into reggae artist Snoop Lion might have raised a few eyebrows especially after hearing "La La La," but apparently he is for real. Producer Diplo, who is overseeing the music on Snoop Lion's reggae album 'Reincarnation,' is amazed at the veteran rhyme-slinger's metamorphosis.
Bow-wow-wow-yippie-yo-yippie-say what? Snoop Dogg has changed his name to Snoop Lion and is leaving the rap game. If you haven't noticed lately, Snoop has been dressing like a Rastafarian and for good reason. The veteran rhyme-slinger says he's the kindred spirit of Bob Marley and is now embracing reggae music.