KINGSTON, Jamaica – American rapper Snoop Dogg is barking up the wrong tree if he thinks his recent “conversion to Rastafari” is cutting it with Jamaica’s prominent Rastas. On the contrary, he’s got quite a few of their hackles up.
Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion and claimed that he had converted to the Rastafarian faith after a visit to Jamaica last year, going so far as to say that he felt like a reincarnation of reggae icon Bob Marley.
But legendary reggae musician Bunny Wailer – an original member of the immortal Bob Marley and the Wailers – has a bone to pick with the Dogg.
According to celebrity website TMZ, Wailer has taken issue with Dogg/Lion’s documentary “Reincarnated”, which depicts Snoop’s immersion in the Rasta culture as he recorded his first reggae album in Jamaica last year.
Wailer claims Snoop has engaged in “outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism” and has failed to meet “contractual, moral and verbal commitments.”
The American recording star has also ignited the wrath of leaders of the Rastafari Millennium Council, who are said to have fired off an indignant seven-page letter to Dogg/Lion.
TMZ reports that the offended parties want Dogg to stop using the name Lion and issue a public apology after he pays “the financial and moral support” they claim he promised them.
The letter from the Rastafari Millennium Council also made it clear to the American entertainer that “smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture!”