Rasta priests bestow a new name on Snoop D-O-Double G but his stance on cannabis ain’t changed
“People only get tired of talking about bad habits or vices they have. Weed isn’t either of those. It’s a way to enhance life, not a vice.” – Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg)
“I’ve been around it all my life now, seen all the changes in the weed scene. I’m not just talking about the different strains either. I mean the way people treat it. This whole accepting weed and trying to make it legalized, I never thought I’d live to see it.” – Snoop Lion (aka Snoop Dogg)
Twelve albums, over 45 film or show cameos, and more music awards than we had patience to count. Those are his stats. However, his impact can’t be put into numbers. Snoop made headlines at the beginning of August after changing his name at the behest of a Rasta High Priest while visiting Jamaica in search of a new path for his musical creations.
“Name changes can be corny!” Snoop admits. “I honestly changed mine for spiritual reasons. Everyone thought I was joking, but Bob Marley moved me. Mos (Def) can change his name, why can’t I [LAUGHTER]?”
Mos Def of Black Star and Rawkus Records fame declared in 2012 he will retire this name and be referred to on new releases as “Yasiin.” We worried Snoop might be sick of talking about ganja after the national media ran with this story. But he was having none of that.
“Tired of talking about weed [LAUGHTER]? Nah, the day I get tired of talking about weed, is the day I get tired of smoking it,” Snoop smirked. “People only get tired of talking about bad habits or vices they have. Weed isn’t either of those. It’s a way to enhance life, not a vice.”
4E has looked closely at the role cannabis’ medical value has played in winning over hearts and minds to the idea of legalization. Especially with the election this November in Washington State and the attention marijuana is getting from the campaigning candidates because I-502 is on the ballot. Like many of us, Snoop had a hard time believing legalization would ever be possible in this country.
“I’ve been around it all my life now, seen all the changes in the weed scene. I’m not just talking about the different strains either,” Snoop explains. “I mean the way people treat it. This whole accepting weed and trying to make it legalized, I never thought I’d live to see it.”
He looks forward to a day when adults can get their recreational “weed o’clock” kick back with a joint without breaking the law. But for now he thinks the way to win over the masses is to keep telling everyone it’s medicine, not a drug.
“Everybody knows I’m all for it,” Snoop says bluntly. “They legalized tobacco and alcohol, why is it so difficult to legalize medical marijuana? How many deaths have been caused by the consumption of marijuana, lets count the cases…oh yea not a damn one. Weed smokers have to remind people that are against legalization, that it is used for medical reasons. That’s the only way they’ll take the time to actually look into it. But honestly we should have the right to say we use it, just to fucking use it!”
– E.B. (writer credit)
Snoop Lion Plays ‘Word Vomit’ with PDA
A: Hip-Hop has changed, but we can’t keep bashing the newcomers. Their sense of what Hip-Hop is may be different then ours, but that doesn’t mean they’re killing the game. Shit our parents didn’t like our variation of music either.
A: The streets are a hard place to leave. But just because you separate from it doesn’t mean you turn your back on it. Growing up that way stays with you forever.
A: Seattle is one of my favorite places, really. Fresh air and great weed. I smoked that “Green Anne” weed in a second last night.
A: Fame is a dirtier game than selling crack, trust me. You learn the same thing from both; to use common sense, street smarts, keep your head clear, and the right people around you.
War On Drugs
A: War on drugs is a joke. The government needs to spend their time and money on actual drugs, coke, crack, not weed.
A: Pimps Don’t Ask