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Snoop Dogg Explains Reason Behind Transformation To Snoop Lion

Snoop Dogg tells David Letterman why he felt it was time to move on and declare himself Snoop Lion.

"It began about a year ago when I had just reached the pinnacle of my rap career to where I felt I wanted to do something different," explained the rapper.

"I wanted my music to reflect my life more as opposed to what I used to live like and what I'm living like now."

When Letterman asked what he would think if the music that represented him today didn't achieve the same success, the singer said: "It doesn't bother me. I'm not doing it for financial reasons or successful gain."

"It's more about where I'm speaking to facts and issues. Like, for example, the gun issue. I have a song called 'No Guns Allowed' that speaks directly to the issue of gun violence because I feel like that's weird."

"You know, it starts with you. You gotta be the man in the mirror to say 'you know what, I'm going to start with myself.'"

"Through example, I believe people will follow. I believe the right thing will be done because I'm one who used to lead people in the wrong direction. Now I'm leading them in the right direction."

Of course, that doesn't mean Snoop is laying off the marijuana.

"Dave, you know, the herb has always been part of my get down and now that we found out it's medical, and it can help you through your problems or what not, it's become more of a daily recipe."

"Oh really, so you've upped the prescription," quipped Letterman.

April 29, 2013 |

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