8/15/2012 9:52 AM
50 Cent has weighed in on Snoop Dogg deciding to change his name to Snoop Lion, saying it may alienate some of his fans.
Snoop announced earlier this month that he will be leaving hip-hop for a short while to focus on making a reggae album, but will do so under the new moniker of Snoop Lion, inspired by Bob Marley. 50 admits the change is “interesting” and claims Snoop may risk losing a lot of fans…
“It’s interesting. Of course, there will be some people who connect to it and there will be some people that run from it – I don’t know how his little league team’s parents will feel about his new persona,” 50 told the Hollywood Reporter.
“But again, it’s a persona – these are the choices he’s created for himself creatively. And, you know, I think it will work.”
While many were shocked by Snoop’s news, 50 says he expected it as it fits Snoop’s character.
“Snoop’s always been that. In the very beginning, that was his consistent theme – he had the weed, and everything else was there,” Fiddy continued.
“[But] for hip-hop culture, it will work, because there’s enough of that going on; Wiz Khalifa, his entire theme is that. I’ve consistently seen artists sell 500,000 copies with that as a theme: Redman, Method Man, Styles P.”
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg says he chose reggae because it is the genre of love, happiness and struggle.
Snoop Lion affirmed that he would give back to Jamaica by initiating developmental projects, because Jamaicans are not lazy and once given the opportunity they will make it happen.