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WDKX.com » Blog » Reincarnated Review
Apr 23rd 2013 1:18 pm
Reincarnated Review

Last year, Snoop Dogg announced that during a trip to Jamaica he had embraced the island's religious philosophy of Rastafari and changed his name to Snoop Lion. Almost a year later, he drops his debut reggae album that hit stores today, April 23rd. The album is produced by Diplo aka Major Lazer giving it a contemporary reggae/pop infused sound. It features a wide variety of artists such as Rita Ora, Drake, Akon, Popcaan, Collie Buddz, Mavado, Mr. Vegas, Miley Cyrus, and even his daughter, Cori B. With this range variety of artists from pop, hip-hop, and reggae making appearances on this album is why I struggle to call it solely a reggae album.

All in all I would have to say the album is okay. I could do without some of the songs such as, "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks" ft. Miley Cyrus who in my opinion has no place being on a reggae album. Another song that has to go is, "Fruit Juice" ft. Mr.Vegas in which they sing about not drinking soda, but fruit juice because it makes them feel "loose." I am a fan of some of the songs, however, such as, "Here Comes The King" because it has such a light and airy sound and the chorus, sung by Angela Hunte is very catchy. His songs, "Rebel Way," "Lighters Up," and "Smoke The Weed," are the most "reggae" infused songs on the album that have the carefree, swaying sound that people are used to hearing in reggae music. "Get Away" is my favorite song on the album because Major Lazer created a wave of crazy sounds that makes you want to just get up and dance.

With Snoop's naturally relaxed delivery and Diplo as a master curator of Caribbean styles, "Reincarnated" may not be as bad as it may seem. It will be interesting to see if Snoop keeps up with this image, or if he will go back to his Snoop Dogg ways. Guess we will just have to wait and see. Until then, I would suggest giving it a listen through. It is a very different sound than what we are used to.