Snoop Lion
Reincarnated


3.0
good

Review

by Alex Beebe USER (126 Reviews)
April 25th, 2013 | 50 replies


Release Date: 04/23/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While not the flop that most were expecting, the mighty lion yawns rather than roars.

Snoop Dogg’s name is really one of the only changes he’s gone through that is actually drastic in his rebirth as the reggae artist “Snoop Lion.” As a rapper, he always had a very laid-back tone and smooth flow that would never become as forceful as his gangsta rap contemporaries, and always maintained a calm and collected cool overall. That placid personality trait about his delivery just so happens to transfer over into reggae music very well on his debut album under the Snoop Lion moniker, Reincarnated. However, while qualities that the former rapper has always displayed do make him slide easily into this new Rastafarian skin, Reincarnated doesn’t show that Snoop has anything new or interesting to bring into the reggae scene.

It’s surprising that he didn’t opt for a rootsy and organic form of throwback reggae; one that’s more natural and stripped down, as that kind of sound would sport some really raw and authentic ethnic values. Instead, Reincarnated is an album of neo-reggae, with electronic-based production that’s comparable to that of Rihanna and Sean Kingston. While these electronic elements are nothing reminiscent of dub, a plentiful array of producers predominantly including Diplo/Major Lazer suit Snoop up with rippling and chilled out synths that thankfully sound more like undulating waves sonically than they do overly-polished. This allows for some new experiments for Snoop, such as a few dancehall cuts, and he even raises his volume in frequent attempts at melodious singing, which he isn’t half bad at.

Unfortunately though, that’s about the extent of the redeeming aspects to be found here, as the cons really do outweigh the pros all in all. As a reggae album, Reincarnated means to be an unburdened and thoroughly relaxed album, but due to the very derivative and generic reggae music itself that supports it all the way through, the pace quickly begins to become more and more tiresome, and by the end, it collapses into a fatigued snooze-fest. The atmosphere is thin here, and interesting moments to indulge in are very scarce. With guest spots from Drake, Akon, Chris Brown, and even Miley Cyrus of all people, Reincarnated just feels like bland reggae-pop without a face despite Snoop’s new name. There may be those dancehall cuts here and there, but the pulse is very subdued, and those songs are nothing that any other artist such as Sean Paul or Shaggy could have made in a doped out stupor.

Snoop Lion mainly demonstrates on Reincarnated that he is better at adapting than he is at innovating. Even if the music itself isn’t anything close to remarkable, passable as a whole, and fails to make Snoop a force to be reckoned with in the reggae scene, it’s indifferent and harmless fun; mediocre chills for those not expecting thrills. On the plus side, while this album is nothing special, and even if he is still better as a rapper with his style of slick funk, Snoop did prove that this whole thing wouldn't end up being the complete joke it was made out to be once he underwent the stage name change. If anything, the best part about this transformation is that Snoop is more content with life, carefree, and at peace than he’s been on any other album before this. He’s consistently in high spirits, and displays a notably sunnier and more positive outlook on Reincarnated, which may just be evidence that this change to more mellow music with positive messages is Snoop’s own way of gracefully accepting and settling into middle age.



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breakingthefragile
April 25th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I'm pleasantly surprised that this isn't flatout terrible.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2013


19926 Comments


great summary. I still think it's hilarious he changed his name to snoop lion.

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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2013


10286 Comments


Good review, man.

One minor thing: Diplo is Major Lazer, so I'd make an adjustment to that =]

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2013


10286 Comments


Well, Major Lazer is at least run by Diplo - he's the ringleader behind it

breakingthefragile
April 25th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Oh I know that Omaha, when I wrote them together like that as "Major Lazer and Diplo" I meant to say that Diplo is the executive here, but the rest of Major Lazer contributes to the production as well.

breakingthefragile
April 25th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thank you anyway though, you're right, it does kind of give another impression. Any suggestions on how I should word it?

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2013


10286 Comments


Meh, if you just put Diplo / Major Lazer, I think that would cover the bases adequately

breakingthefragile
April 25th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Thanks man, changing that now.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2013


6160 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

album is so bad but the name is even worse ohhh man

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2013


7363 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This isn't great but by the same token it's not as bad as I expected. Here Comes The King and Fruit Juice are good tunes.

breakingthefragile
April 25th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I agree Ali, those actually happen to be my favorite tracks off of this. I was originally feeling a 2.5 on this, but I bumped it up a notch to a 3 because of what I say in the concluding two sentences of this review.

breakingthefragile
April 25th 2013


2961 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@Atari Thanks haha. I think it's my best summary in a while. And yeah, I still really can't take the name seriously.

ViralOblivion
April 25th 2013


7679 Comments


You can probably find on youtube Snoop Lion talking about his transformation on Real Time with Bill Maher

Jash
April 25th 2013


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Marley is rolling over in his grave and Perry is about to slap a nigga

joshieboy12345
April 25th 2013


5371 Comments


Snoop Pussy Cat.

Uranium
April 25th 2013


7237 Comments


i wont even listen to this. fucking sell out. no, maturation is ok, but this, no, fuck this.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 25th 2013


3450 Comments


Great review. I will check this because he delayed this record for so long, I got curious.

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NorwichScene
April 25th 2013


1461 Comments


This bloke has always been a fraud. What a mother faker



joshieboy12345
April 25th 2013


5371 Comments


He went from being a dog person to a cat person. Traitor.

NapalmCrusader
April 25th 2013


1737 Comments


Actually this is not the worst thing in the world, but is really, really bland



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