Rapper Snoop Dogg is now Snoop Lion

Updated: Aug 01, 2012, 13:01 PM IST

London: Rapper Snoop Dogg has decided to rechristen himself as Snoop Lion and believes that he is the reincarnation of Bob Marley.

The 40-year-old, whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr, is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about, the Daily Mail reported.

The controversial artist, who once rapped with Bollywood star Akshay Kumar in `Singh is Kinng`, said he was born again during a visit to Jamaica in February.

Snoop says he is now ready to make music that his `kids and grandparents can listen to. The musician is in the process to release a reggae album called `Reincarnated` later this year.

He said that in Jamaica, he connected with Bob Marley`s spirit and is now "Bob Marley reincarnated." Marley`s son Rohan attended the conference and gave Snoop his blessing.

Snoop didn`t explain why he was switching from Dogg to Lion, but it`s likely a reference to the Lion of Judah, a religious symbol popular in Rastafarian and Ethiopian culture.

Snoop was recently banned banned from entering Norway for two years after trying to enter the country with a marijuana last month.