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Snoop Dogg is a West Coast rapper who evolved under the tutelage of Dr. Dre, and has received fame for albums such as Doggystyle, Tha Doggfather and Reincarnation.
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Snoop made legal news again in 2006. He and his posse were taken in custody at a London airport in April after the group got into a fight at the terminal. Later that year, he was arrested at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, after officers found marijuana and a gun in Snoop's vehicle. In 2007, the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship, citing his prior criminal convictions,
banned him from entering the country and appearing at the MTV Australia Video Music Awards.
In early 2012, Snoop announced that he was working for the first time on an all-reggae album, called Reincarnation. Later in 2012, he announced that, in conjunction with his reggae project, he was dropping "Dogg" from his name and becoming "Snoop Lion."
According to the Los Angeles Times, Snoop decided to change his name after traveling to Jamaica (where he worked on his reggae project) and met with a priest, who told him, "You are the light; you are the lion." Moved by the meeting, Snoop immediately changed his name to "Snoop Lion." In August 2012, Snoop released Reincarnation's debut single, "La La La."
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