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Reincarnated
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2013
I support Snoop. No matter what his name is. The name doesn't make the person, the person makes the name.

I will keep this short and sweet. I do love the album because it is different and unique. It is not about killing and shooting, etc.

Snoop actually had some left over material from this album that included songs with T.I., that did have negative lyrics, but it did not make the final cut, which I am happy for. Reincarnated is a good title, because it is a new direction for Snoop Lion. I give it a 9 out of ten, because the lyrics are good, but one of the songs, I just can't stand the beat lol, but that is just my opinion. The Ashtray song is a great song once you sit back and listen to the lyrics, close your eyes, 420 if you do that, and enjoy the beat and the mood it puts you in.

Snoop Lion has grown, and this album shows. Most artist are afraid to try something else, and I was afraid to buy this CD, but I did and I am glad I did.

Takes some getting used to, but once the music grew on me, I have kept it in my rotation in my CD players.
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2013
While a number of the songs have a reggae-style background beat, this really didn't strike me as a reggae album. It also comes across as more-than-a-little overproduced. Authentic reggae, in my mind, is exemplified by Marley, Tosh and Black Uhuru.

The fact that the last track on this album features Miley Cyrus (who can't sing worth a darn) is a testament to just how much Snoop has sold out to the record companies.

It takes more than a vacation trip to Jamaica to fully get the culture and the pacing of their lyrics. Maybe the next one will be better.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 5, 2013
Snoop Lion, much respect given. He actually went to Jamaica and walked and talked with the brethren. A great first for him. Now let's see if he will stay with the message of peace, love, and the struggle. Jah Rastafari.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2013
I love Snoop and it's nice to see his transition from gangsters rapper to understanding that we are all connected by
our need to be loved. The only way for that to occur is for us is to give love.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
I love the album and the fact that he has grown up, found himself, and became the man he was destined to be. The music is personal to him and positive; that's all that matters in the end. Snoop fan for life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2013
Great summer album! It's a great album to listen to in the yard with friends, having a barbeque and drinking beer.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 8, 2013
Although I do respect Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion for going into new territories with music, I believe that this album isn't as good as it could have been. For one thing I agree with other reviewers that say that this album is over produced. Couple that with Snoop's faux Jamacian accent, and this album becomes a tedious listen. I understand that this is first time trying the whole reggae-pop idea (keep in mind Snoop has ventured into other genres with not much success. Remember a few years ago he auto-tune sung "Sensual Seduction" and the Country song "My Medicine"?) I think that it's safe to say that the people who were waiting to hear was not expecting a reincarnation of Bob Marley, or Peter Tosh, or any other popular reggae singer back in the day. When I grabbed this CD in stores and looked on the back cover, a red flag popped up:

1. I believe that if you are going to do a reggae album like this, it should strictly be reggae. Why have artists like Drake (I'm sorry but he has trouble staying on beat on "No Guns Allowed"), Chris Brown, and even Miley Cyrus appear on here. Yes other reggae artists have had people like them on here, but they been known for doing that with the genre. Snoop has not gotten to that level yet with the reggae yet.

2. While Snoop is easily accessable nowadays with his largely extened fanbase, you can expect those execs at RCA to tell him to make a handfull of songs that will crack the Billboard Charts. That might explain why Major Lazer (also an easy accessable reggae-pop group) were executive producers of the album and produced the majority of the album. While most of it is good, it would have been nice to bring other popular reggae groups to help produce the album (Easy Star is a reggae group that I thought could have fit Snoop's style)

I think with these two observations I just listed, the only thing I could think of is that Snoop and RCA Records decided to play this whole project safe, especially when it came to outside contributions. As you see even Akon produced a song here.

Now when you get past all of the "what could have beens", the music here is pretty okay. "Lighters Up" is a pretty good song with the help of Mavado and Popcaan. "So Long" has a retro sound to it, until Snoop stats singing the verses. He sings the chorus good because his voice is layered, but the verses he sings are not as good. "Smoke The Weed" with Collie Budz is probably the best song on here. Although I didn't like the act that Akon produced the track, "Tired Of Running" is another decent song. I'm not of the Anti-Miley Cyrus bandwagon, but I think "Ashtrays And Heartbreaks" is by far the worst song here (thats if you did not hear the deluxe edition yet).

As for the deluxe edition songs? "Boulevard" with Jahdan Blakkamoore is a decent song. Busta Rhymes' comes with his own faux reggae accent on "Remedy" and sounds like a complete idiot as Chris Brown back up sings Snoop. "La La La" is a pretty good song here."Harder Times" with Jahdan Blakkamoore ends the album on a solid note. So its up to you if you if you wish to spend the extra money on the deluxe edition.

Overall Reincarnated is an album that could have been better, as it needs some work all around. This album is more sutable for the younger casual reggae fan base. Those who are more familiar with reggae with hear how flawed this album is all around. I beleve if Snoop plans on continuing to go the reggae route, he should make it more authentic, and less faux sounding. Major Lazer isn't bad to have produced a number of tracks, but they shouldn't be too afraid to go deeper into the reggae sound, rather than just try to stay safe. If you haven't heard this album, I recommend listening to it before you purchase. And even if you do decide to purchase, I recommend it used. Peace.

Lyrics: B
Production: C
Guest Appearances: C+
Musical Vibes: C

Top 5 Songs:
1. Smoke The Weed (featuring Collie Buddz)
2. La La La
3. Lighters Up (featuring Mavado and Popcaan)
4. Boulevard (featuring Jahdan Blakkamoore)
5. Tired Of Running (featuring Akon)
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
now I gotta give Snoop props for a New Name and taking a chance, he gets a "A" for effort, however this project is pretty flat. i mean his tone and vibe just doesn't work at all. he makes Musical Youth seem like the second coming of the Wailers.

Snoop doesn't have the phrasing or the vocals to make it pop like that, if this was a EP it would work in a 5 or 6 song kind of way and even then it would be about 2-3 songs too long. however for branching out i give him props and applaud the new light in him, however I know he will eventually go back to what he does best unless he truly wants to make that R&B album he has long wanted to make for many a moon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2013
Did not think I would like the Lion and thought it was just a marketing ploy. But, I absolutely LOVE it!! Brilliant, and I hope he stays with it -- I want MORE!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2013
I have watched this video at least 10 times, and still dee something new eevry time I loook at it. Great story of how Snoop discovered his Peace in this world
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