Rohan Marley Supports Snoop Lion Joining Rastafari Movement, Says Bob Marley Would Have "Embraced" Him

Rohan Marley responds to the Rastafari movement's backlash against Snoop Lion.

Rohan Marley has responded to the backlash against Snoop Lion for joining the Rastafari movement.

Bunny Wailer, Rasta practitioner and original member of Bob Marley & the Wailers, initially criticized the rapper for exploiting the movement for personal gain. Now, Marley's son has come to Snoop's defense, telling TMZ that his father would have "embraced" him instead of publicly airing him out.

"Our father's name should not even be mentioned in this issue because like a true Rasta, he would have embraced Snoop's reincarnation and welcomed the positivity," he said. "Why condemn a man for his love of Rastafari and Bob Marley? We have been cool with Snoop before his transformation and he will continue to have our blessings and support."

Wailer publicly denounced Snoop after seeing his film Reincarnated, which documents his conversion to become a Rasta. "[His conversion is] outright fraudulent use of [the] Rastafari Community's personalities and symbolism," he said. "[Snoop has failed to meet the] contractual, moral and verbal commitments [of the Rastafarian religion]."

Last July, Snoop announced his official name change from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion. He told HipHopDX, "It's not Snoop Dogg on a Reggae track. I want to bury Snoop Dogg and become Snoop Lion. But I didn't know that until I went to the temple. The high priest, when I walked in, he asked what is my name. I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' He said, 'No more...You are the light. You are the Lion.' From that moment on, I had started to understand why I was there. We hadn't even recorded one song, but I was taking all of this information and spirit."

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  • royalness bee

    this is the same guy who appears in and promotes HOT "PORK" POCKETS in our ROYAL colours, the first so-called rasta i know promoting pork, next why does he have a white boy team making his reggae album, most other genre artists that have done reggae seek out SLY & ROBBIE first, why has he posed in a picture with popcaan doing the devil hand sign?? there is a video of him being schooled on reggae albums, he is supposed to know the history first!! and why does he still perform songs cussing with all those bad words... example Mother F&*ker & B!$@h & N!##a......

  • Anonymous

    Bunny talking too much. He should be talking about what really killed Bob, and the controversy behind that.

  • YO

    You aint a real Rasta unless you smell like you havent showered in a month... #TRUTH

  • Assassin221

    Didn't see the documentary, but how would Snoop be exploiting Rastafari for personal gain? Snoop never stopped being relevant in the first place so he didn't need to do some crazy shit to save his career, plus this move has the gangsta rap heads looking at him funny so it could hurt as much as it could help. To me it looks like Snoop was just bored of being Snoop and decided he needed some meaning and positivity and shit.

  • Moot

    As long as the motherfucker reads and learns and implements what he learns and bring it back to the hood I'm all for it, but read and learn because real rastas smoke ganja but they execute, they don't come out of the hills until they have a plan of action, it's to many people smoking weed for nothing, smoke a build blocks or kick rocks..

  • Hip Hop please

    Mwah Dogg >> Lion But I understand Snoop This way he stays in the news and that's make him still relevant in 2013 And he ain't got all these weirdo's telling him that he's 2 old for this rap-ish

  • Anonymous

    and who gives a fuck about this?

  • Immortal Technique

    You don't know shit from a dead man's perspective, and talking shit will get your neck bone disconnected.