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Snoop Lion

Reincarnated (RCA)

Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Fri., Nov. 8, 2013

Snoop Lion

Snoop Lion

Reincarnated (RCA)

In 2008, Snoop Dogg's Ego Trippin' prompted questions of whether the G/hustla could still be considered a rapper. With April's Reincarnated, we know for sure he's not. The Doggfather's 12th reincarnates the celebrated G-funk playboy into full reggae righteousness, pushing that "Rebel Way" with a fat Kingston blunt on his Rastafari mind. "Here Comes the King," the man who wrote "Murder Was the Case" proclaims. He's brought along quite the processional. Support for Reincarnated reads like a who's who of music tabloid: Drake ("No Guns Allowed"), Akon, Major Lazer, Miley Cyrus ("Ashtrays and Heartbreaks"). It's enough to make überproducer Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Vampire Weekend, Major Lazer) an afterthought. Same goes for Snoop. The onetime rapper's new foray into Lionism deviates so far from the norm that its proprietor's been edged out, melded into a nonconfrontational reggae singer whose drops can't muster a single memorable moment. (Friday, 8:45pm, Orange stage)

*.5

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