REINCARNATED follows Snoop Dogg on a spiritual journey as he immerses himself in Rastafari, explores musical and religious histories deeply rooted in Jamaica, and reemerges from his experience as "Snoop Lion."
This is a very interesting look into Snoop Lion's inner psyche, but it falls short in that we see more of what he wants to be like than what he is actually like right now. Peeks into the lack of full self-disclosure are snippets of Snoop's reaction when asked about why he feels vulnerable after giving up his guns. It is undoubtedly very difficult to shake off a past like Snoop's, and I admire him for trying to do so, but he apparently has some way to go, as reflected by Bunny Wailer's public renunciation of Snoop as a Rastafarian even before this documentary came out. It would have been much more interesting to have the opposing view of Snoop from the Rastafarian perspective, good and bad, as this superstar is trying to reinvent himself. In the end, it is more of a self-serving wannabe paean than a real documentary. I gave it three stars because it is fascinating to watch Snoop talk about himself and his past and there is at least the appearance of some genuine insight during some very good and entertaining segments.
Many people say this move was a complete marketing gimmick. It was simply not that. There was an intention of expanding his fan base with this perhaps and making some extra cash but it wasn't simply money-driven. The actual documentary was done by Diplo, Vice/Noisey and they did a great job (as usual). A bit expensive but it was worth for a 3 day rental- one of the few movies I rented that I actually watched more than once- I watched this 2 1/2 times! It is very entertaining especially if you like Snoop, mainstream rap, Jamaican reggae/dancehall scene, and seeing people smoke many chalices, blunts, and pipes filled with Cali and Jamaican bud (throughout the entire movie). I can see why some just label it as Snoop doing his regular thing and putting a reggae "twist" on it- it was a bit deeper than that for sure. He connects with the people he interacts with. He goes to many places such as Trench Town, Tivoli Gardens, Blue Mountain Range, and Port Antonio- but it isn't just about him and his experience in Jamaica- he reflects on 2Pac's & Nate Dogg's deaths (the Nate Dogg funeral footage was fantastic) and in particular I enjoyed the whole "No Guns Allowed" buildup story (Snoop getting arrested and his family being detained) and then him and his family in the studio in Jamaica recording the song. The production by Major Lazer was absolutely stunning as far as the beats went. The "Fruit Juice" song with Mr. Vegas with a remixed "Sleng Teng" riddim is one of the best songs and is featured in this as well as "No Guns", "Here Comes the King", "Lighters Up", and "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks". Too bad he had a falling out with Bunny Wailer this year pertaining to this film- I hope they can make amends as Bob Marley's sons and widow had no problem with what Snoop tried to become: "Berhane/Snoop Lion". I would say 3 1/2 solid stars rounded up to 4. Awesome.
Snoop dares his cause. I command him on taking his risks. He his the first reincarnation in the Rastafarian culture. Maybe not the last.It took centuries for this concept(reincarnation) to take root among the Tibetans. At the uncommon level, no one can deny him the claim. He did produce a wonderful album from the experience. The meeting with Bunny Wailer is marvelous. I can't share the film with my son because of the excessive marijuana smoking. I have already recommended the film to the few friends I know. Soon we will have something new to talk about.
Just finished watching "Reincarnated". I must say that I really had a good time watching Snoop and his transition to the Rastafarian. From Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone who is a big Snoop fan like myself. Awesome!!!
Omg I love love love this documentary! I watched it on Netflix One Day And I Just Had To Own IT !!! Loved it ! I can't get enough of the songs ! Fruit juice and no guns allowed are for sure my favorites! !! A must own DVD and CD! You will not be disappointed! ♡SNoop Lion♡
Snoop's BIO movie is feel with a lot of Bob Marley's moments in life as he relates them to how life going up in L.A is hard I blessed because he has had it so hard going up. Jamaica is beautiful and Major Lazer has an outstanding group of talented people to go from rap to reggae Snoop is an super star talent ONE LOVE