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JaJerz, Thanks for your insight. The piece was never meant to disrespect Snoop as a talented rapper. He is an icon of West Coast music and known all over the world as a representative of the hip hop/rap era. Anyone would give him mad props for all his accomplishments.
The piece is actually a reflection on his questionable behavior over the past year. When Snoop went to Jamaica to record an album with Diplo, the Philadelphia-based EDM DJ, he was seen by many in the media and entertainment world as going through a mid-life identity crisis; his past few albums not cutting the commercial profit margin and his image strained by dippy reality TV shows.
Most, however, tried to view the image change as a conscience decision to transform his flamboyantly excessive, drug- and gun-toting lifestyle into a more spiritually enlightened leadership position in the music world; to bring attention to the sacred path of Rastafari while acting as a role model for commercially and materialistically seduced young hip hop artists. Throughout the past year, though, Snoop has done everything to solicit attention and nothing to demonstrate awareness.
Artists are free to change their image and we as fans continue to be fascinated by their choices. But to take such a major leap, professing allegiance to a religious practice with such brevity and arrogance, I believe there should be a higher level of respect shown for those who came before. Putting out pop ragga songs and donning red, gold and green does not qualify you as a Rasta. Neither does shouting Jah Rastafari on stage with a blunt in your hand.
All doubt and criticism aside, Snoop has ample time to prove his weight in gold. Whether that gold is measured in coinage or in enlightenment has yet to be seen.
Can someone please enlighten me as to why having an ID shouldn't be required by law? In the majority of countries around the world a valid ID is required to participate in all government programs, to vote and to receive government welfare. I'll give the 93-year old adopted lady who lost her purse a break, but why are so many young people whatever their ethnicity/race and economic background without a valid ID? I'll tell you the biggest reason... because they don't make it down to the DMV. I am not convinced that requiring IDs is a bad thing. Yes, it was a sneak attach by the right for this election and yes it screwed a lot of people out of voting, but go get a damn ID already. You shoulda done it when they told us about the law 6 months ago.
JBoog came in strong this evening! Even knew my name .. #SNWMF
Nice writeup! I had no idea how intuned Mikey Hart is with the universe, not that it's in the least surprising. What a rad concept though: converting lightwaves into sonic frequencies. Can't wait for the album...
Right on David Choe! lol. guess he'll be touring the world, painting cartoons and chillin' with the ladies in Escobar's Cartagena mansion. Like he's been doing for years...
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