By now, most people have heard of Snoop Dogg’s evolution into Snoop Lion, a name he claims was anointed as part of his Rastafarian transformation during a trip to Jamaica.
In addition to adopting the Rasta culture, the hip-hop legend has also recorded a reggae album and DVD documenting his journey, entitled Reincarnated. But, not everyone is happy about it. Some are actually pissed and are threatening to sue.
According to TMZ.com, Bunny Wailer — an original member of Bob Marley and the Wailers — is angry about Snoop’s film and album, claiming it’s all a complete sham.
Wailer claims the rapper is guilty of “outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism” … and has failed to meet “contractual, moral and verbal commitments.”
The leaders of a group called the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council (aka Rastafari Millennium Council) are also fired of a 7-page demand letter to Snoop, in which they tell him that “smoking weed and loving Bob Marley and reggae music is not what defines the Rastafari Indigenous Culture.”
They demand that Snoop stop using the name “Lion”, pay up the “financial and moral support”, and want a public apology.