My Open Letter to Snoop ‘Lion’ — Please Change Your Name Back
Dear Calvin, I'm writing this letter to you as a long-time fan and I hope you will listen to what I have to say.
Let's just get it out in the open: you need to abandon the Snoop "Lion" name and go back to what everyone knows you as: Snoop Dogg.
I get the whole Rastafarian thing, I get the Reggae thing; I love the new direction in your music. However, changing your name to Snoop Lion is the one thing that is holding you back!
Everyone I know -- and yes I work in the music industry -- still calls you Snoop Dogg. If anyone even mentions Snoop Lion it's to laugh about it. It's almost a sad joke. Recently Sean Combs decided to go back to his original name (Puff Daddy). He spent two decades trying multiple names and finally realized it didn't do him any good. Prince is also back to Prince.
I know it's an honor to be named by a Rastafarian. And I get that that's a big part of your religion. But please listen to me! And change your name back to Snoop Dogg!
Keep making Reggae music -- and your Rastafarian buddies can still call you Snoop Lion. But for all professional purposes, you should stick with the good ol' Snoop D-O-double G.