Snoop Dogg wants you to know that he's tired of hip-hop, is Bob Marley reincarnated and is embracing reggae instead of the culture of guns he once rapped about.
Also, he's got a new name: Snoop Lion.
The artist said at a news conference Monday in New York that he was "born again" during a visit to Jamaica in February and is ready to make music that his "kids and grandparents can listen to."
The former gangster rapper is releasing a reggae album called "Reincarnated" in the fall. He said that in Jamaica, he connected with Bob Marley's spirit and is now "Bob Marley reincarnated."
Bob Marley's son Rohan attended the conference and gave Snoop his blessing.
"I feel like I've always been Rastafarian," Snoop said of the spiritual Jamaican movement. While there, he said, he visited a temple, was renamed Snoop Lion and was also given the Ethiopian name Berhane, meaning "light of the world."
Snoop didn't explain why he was switching from "Dogg" to "Lion," but it's likely a reference to the Lion of Judah, a religious symbol popular in Rastafarian and Ethiopian culture.
Later, he played five songs for a small crowd, including one called "No Guns Allowed." It features his daughter and includes the lyrics, "No guns allowed in here tonight, we're going to have a free for all, no fights."
"It's so tragic that people are doing stupid things with guns," he said. Snoop, best known for hits like "Gin and Juice" and "Drop It Like It's Hot," is an avid supporter of marijuana rights and has been banned from entering Norway for two years after trying to enter the country with a small amount last month.
He said that in Jamaica, where he stayed for 35 days, he grew closer to his wife, who saw his transition. He added that he's excited to perform music that his family and children can listen to.
"As a 40-year-old man ... I've got to give them something," he said. "That's what you do when you're wise."
Snoop Dogg said he's not completely retiring from hip-hop but is "tired" of the genre because it is no longer challenging.
"Reggae was calling ... it's a breath of fresh air," he said. "Rap isn't challenging; it's not appealing."
The album was produced by Diplo and will feature Snoop singing. It will be released on Vice Records.
The album will be followed with a documentary of the same name, also produced by Vice. It features Snoop making music and will include some personal elements of his life, a producer of the film said. It will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. A coffee table book about Snoop's rebirth is also in the works.
"It feels like I'm 19 or 20 years old again," he said.
Ryan Lochte's unexpected grill flash during his Olympic medal ceremony was courtesy of none other than the grill-master himself ... rapper Paul Wall.
If you recall ... Lochte flashed a ruby and diamond studded American flag grill when he accepted his medal for the men's 400-meter IM event on Saturday ... but the genius behind the bling was "The Peoples Champ" himself.
Wall told XXLmag.com he was psyched to create the mouth piece, saying "Everyone’s talking about it ... it’s just an incredible thing to be part of. There’s not too many world-class swimmers wearing our grill."
The grill was hand crafted by Wall who boasted to the mag, "Every diamond is set by hand ... one by one, prong set and all custom red rubies."
Wall wouldn't specify how much he charged Lochte for the grill ... but says it's worth between $15k and $25k. Wall added "Of course we gave him an Olympic discount."
Worth every penny.
Armando Cristian Perez, better known by the stage name Pitbull, holds baby Christopher Brian Pruitt-Panamarioff Monday, July 30, 2012, on stage in Kodiak, Alaska, during a performance by the Kodiak Alutiiq Dancers. (AP Photo)
KODIAK, Alaska - Miami rapper Pitbull can now say he's safe from bears in Alaska.
Pitbull received a care package Monday from Walmart during his visit to Kodiak, complete with bear repellent spray and bear bells used by hikers to make noise, the Kodiak Daily Mirror reported. The bear spray had special meaning to about 250 people who attended the Pitbull appearance at the Coast Guard base in Kodiak. The rapper had tweeted he heard the local Walmart sold the spray.
In a marketing deal, Pitbull - whose real name is Armando Christian Perez - agreed to visit the Walmart that got the most likes on its Facebook page.
Kodiak was the easy winner, thanks to David Thorpe, a Boston writer who thought it would be funny to send Pitbull to the most remote Walmart possible. Thorpe also was in Kodiak Monday and met the rapper.
In a tweet, Thorpe wrote: "Just met Pitbull. He shook my hand and said "Keep bull*******. Next thing you know we'll be on the moon."
Pitbull was a good sport, receiving a key to the city from Kodiak Mayor Pat Branson, who donned shades to mimic the dapper rapper's look.
Thorpe tweeted: "Pitbull is mad classy. He's enjoying the hell out of this event."
Pitbull tweeted a picture of him holding a child onstage alongside Alutiiq dancers and said, "Thank U Kodiak ... I am honored, truly."
The rapper, known as "Mr. Worldwide," told the audience he would put Kodiak into a future song.
Following the appearance at the Coast Guard base, he met employees of the Walmart.
Kobe Bryant's wife has some serious questions about his judgment after seeing pics of him partying with women last week -- but that didn't stop her from flying to London to watch him play in the Olympics.
Sources close to Vanessa Bryant tell us she is "furious" and "embarrassed" over the photos -- one of Kobe chatting up 2 women at an afterparty last week in Barcelona ... the other showed him hanging with 2 different women in a nightclub.
But we're told Vanessa's anger is NOT because she thinks Kobe cheated ... instead she's mad that he put himself in situations where the photos could be taken.
As we previously reported ... a source close to Kobe says someone had spilled a drink on him, and he was only briefly shirtless -- while he sent for a cleaner, dryer shirt.
We're told Vanessa had planned to go to London -- and seeing the pics didn't change her mind. She flew to London over the weekend with their 2 daughters.
We're told Vanessa feels things have been going well with Kobe since she passed on filing final divorce docs last month.
According to The Huffington Post, Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, has been cast in the film, “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys.” However, Janet Jackson, Paris’ aunt, is less than happy.
According to US Weekly, a source states that Janet feels Paris’ involvement in film goes against Michael’s wishes for his children to stay out of the public eye until age 18. This is not the first time Janet’s been hesitant about Paris’ acting career. When the casting was announced December of last year, Janet said to Prevention magazine in May, “We’ve spoken about the fact that you’re only a child once.”
“I think there’s a time for everything, and now is not the time [for acting],” said Janet. “I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to college–or not–but wait till she turns 18. She’s a very tough, smart girl. But it’s a cutthroat industry. I wouldn’t want my child to do it.”
However, according to the US Weekly article, a source said Paris is hoping to get cast in more films. According to the source, the desire for film roles is causing a “huge dispute.”
You can read more at The Huffington Post. What do you think about Paris’ burgeoning acting career? Do you think Janet has a point? Give your opinions in the comments section below.
Katherine Jackson called her home in Calabasas at 2 AM today and again at 4 AM, sounding "drugged" and ordering that the security team be fired and replaced by Janet Jackson's security ... TMZ has learned. A lawyer in court today made reference to "an incident" last night -- this is the incident. Sources involved in the situation tell TMZ ... people in the house were "alarmed and nervous" after hearing Katherine sounding heavily drugged. In addition to attempting to 86 the security team, Katherine ordered Trent Jackson off the property. You may recall, Jackson's security -- and Trent in particular -- thwarted Monday's attempt by Randy, Jermaine and Janet to take the kids to Arizona. Our sources say the prevailing view is that Randy and company have drugged their mom. We're also told Jackie Jackson is furious at his conspiratorial siblings for what they've done and what they are trying to do. We were unable to get Randy for comment. Katherine's lawyer, Perry Sanders, tells TMZ ... "I'm waiting on Katherine to get back in town and I'm looking forward to getting a hold of her to ascertain what's been going on."
It was all out war at Katherine Jackson's house in Calabasas Monday ... complete with slapping and punching ... TMZ has learned.
We now have details about the incident. Sources who were there say two SUVs with Randy, Jermaine and Janet inside, followed a car driving Michael Jackson's 3 kids inside the gates. We're told Randy, Jermaine and Janet did not have authority to enter.
Once on the grounds, we're told MJ's 3 siblings tried to strong-arm Paris, Prince and Blanket. Their mission was to get them in an SUV and take them to Arizona, where Katherine has been staying.
Our sources say at one point Janet tried to grab a resistant Paris' cell phone, a scuffle ensued and Janet slapped the teenager, screaming, "You're a spoiled little bitch!" We're told Paris fired back with her own slap and told Janet, "This is our house. Not the Jackson family house. Get the f**k out!"
At the same time, we're told Trent Jackson, who was at the house, tried to stop an aggressive Randy and Jermaine. We're told Trent put Randy in a headlock and punched Jermaine in the mouth.
Rapper Lil' Kim's ex-boyfriend is one step closer to facing the death penalty after a Brooklyn federal judge authorized the feds to forcibly medicate the delusional drug kingpin in an effor to make him competent to stand trial for six murders.
Damion "World" Hardy's lawyer said Thursday that he would appeal the decision without consulting his client who suffers from schizophrenia and is jailed at a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
"The appeal (in this particular case) is a lawyer's decision, not a defendant's," said lawyer David Ruhnke. Federal Judge Frederic Block sided with prosecutors who have been trying for more than three years to make Hardy well by administering powerful anti-psychotic drugs despite the potential health risks associated with the meds.
"There is an important government interest in proceeding to trial against Hardy and seeking justice for the six murders," Assistant U.S. Attorney James Loonam stated in court papers. Hardy, 37, was the leader of a violent drug organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant called Cash Money Brothers named after Wesley Snipes' crew in the film "New Jack City." He was arrested in 2004.
Hardy is under the delusion that he is some kind of Messiah and refers to himself Isa Ibn Jibril, according to court papers. Last month he wrote a letter to Block claiming that a legal newspaper had published an order for his release and informed the judge that he had authorized the city comptroller's office to pay the court $3.5 million.
Four of the murders were allegedly ordered by Hardy in retaliation for the killing of his brother by drug rival Ivery Davis. He also is charged with participating in the slaying of a worker who through him out of a Brooklyn roller rink and in the death of Swedish filmmaker Johan Comitz, who was an innocent bystander in the Davis hit.
Hardy faces death by lethal injection if convicted of ordering Davis' murder outside a Manhattan nightclub.
Since 2006, Hardy has belted a guard with a sock full of batteries, stabbed an inmate in the head with a sharpened comb, frequently thrown an "unknown liquid substance" at staff members and battled with guards trying to subdue him. Last November guards found a tube of toothpaste in his cell which had been emptied and re-filled with feces and urine, prosecutors alleged in court papers.
The former drug thug also has been a terror behind bars which was, in part, a basis for the governent's motion to medicate him.
Michael Jackson's only daughter is going to war with one of her famous uncles ... claiming Randy Jackson is spreading dangerous lies about the family ... and she's calling him out in public.
It's all over a letter that supposedly "leaked" to the Internet this week ... in which Randy, along with Jermaine, Janet, Tito and Rebbie demand John Branca and John McClain resign from their positions as the executors of the Michael Jackson Estate, effective immediately.
In the sharply-pointed letter, the family claims Branca and McClain have "failed" in their duties ... taken advantage of the family ... and have stressed out Katherine Jackson so much, that she recently suffered a "mini-stroke."
Randy went to Twitter and verified the authenticity of the letter Tuesday night ... but the very next day, Paris called BS on her uncle.
In fact, the 14-year-old went to her own Twitter page ... and wrote, "i am going to clarify right now that what has been said about my grandmother is a rumor and nothing has happened , she is completely fine."
She added, "i'd like to know who made up the rumor… i will defend my beloved family member with all i have , even if it means from other family members.”
Minutes later, Paris sent a new message directed to Randy -- which said, "@randyjackson8 hello dear FAMILY member i don't appreciate you telling everyone things that aren't true thank you very much."
When one of her followers suggested Paris should have respect for Randy ... she replied, "Maybe he should have respect for his mother."
Paris has since deleted the tweets.
- Aww! Kanye West
and boo Kim Kardashian took a wild ride on a roller coaster at Six Flags with Kim K. little sis Kendall. Stars... they’re just like us! lol
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested on a family violence charge in Texas earlier today.
The details surrounding the arrest are unclear ... but according to local law enforcement, the charge is a Class A misdemeanor ... and Bryant was released after posting bail.
Law enforcement says Bryant's bail was less than $2,000.
When contacted by a local media outlet, Bryant confirmed there was an incident ... but wouldn't get into specifics. He did say, "I'm good."
This isn't Bryant's first brush with the law ... earlier this year, he was detained by Miami police after he was allegedly involved in an altercation outside LIV nightclub ... but he was not arrested and no police report was filed.
Even though almost no romantic story in the history of ever begins with “so I stormed the stage and attacked him,” that doesn’t mean Justin Bieber‘s legions of fans aren’t willing to give it a whirl — and if you think it’s just American girls who are that brazen, think again.
During a Monday appearance in the Land Down Under, the Biebs taped a performance for the live finale of ‘Australia’s Got Talent’ — and during the interview that followed, a crafty 14-year-old named Amilia Radevska managed to evade security and rush the stage.
But even though Bieber, who’s got to be used to this sort of thing by now, put his arm around her, their interlude didn’t last long. Irish singer Brian McFadden, who’s a judge on the show, did what Justin’s bodyguards couldn’t and hauled the kicking and screaming girl offstage.
“I was looking around and saw a crack in security and thought ‘Now or never,’” Radevska said. “[Bieber] told me he loved me and it was all ok before I was dragged away.”
Damn. And it would’ve been such a great story for the grandkids, too.
We all know that Kanye West is one truly unique man, and one thing that has set him apart from the crowd was not having a cell phone!
Yeezy has always been against being dependent on technology and has never had a phone of his own, but it looks like Kim Kardashian is about to change all of that!
According to Us Weekly, Kanye recently invested in a secret cell phone that leads to one number … Kimmy’s!
A source revealed that Kim had to contact him before he had a phone through a third party:
"It frustrated Kim," adds the insider. "She had to call him through a bodyguard."
Kanye's number one form of communication was strictly by email so he must be head over heels if he’s giving up his years without a cell phone for Kim!
Do you guys think Kanye is crazy in love?
Kimye at the 2012 BET awards in LA.
Uh Oh! Ruff-Ryder DMX got into a little rough ride. TMZ is reporting that X flipped a four-wheeler and got knocked out. Here are the deets from our homies on the left coast,
DMX had quite the rough ride early this morning ... when he lost control of the four-wheeler he was riding and ended up in the hospital with a concussion.
X tells TMZ he was riding outside his home in South Carolina when he crashed while riding down a hill. He says he flipped over and, lucky for him, landed right on his ass.
The rapper says he doesn't remember much, other than the lights from the ambulance, and he doesn't know when he will be released.
Read more: http://globalgrind.com/news/dmx-rushed-hospital-photos#ixzz20cvQeWpv
Katy Perry’s infamous spinning peppermint bra has been nixed.
Her tour insurers have asked her to remove the revolving bra for her own safety, The Sun reported. Apparently, Perry’s hair has gotten caught in the spinning wheels, pulling her head closer and closer to her chest.
“I keep being told the insurers are worried I will injure my neck. I seriously doubt it could be lethal but they want a new bra designed that will not allow hair to be caught up,” Perry told The Sun.
“My hair got caught in the wheels of my spinning peppermint bra and began to coil around and around,” she said. “I’m forced to just go with it. … What a girl does for her art.”
She wasn’t bothered by the incident, but the tour’s insurance company wants a newer, safer bra alternative.
Perry, 27, recently sat down with ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas for “Good Morning America” to discuss her new documentary, “Katy Perry: Part of Me.” Released on July 5, the film touches upon topics such as Perry’s divorce from Russell Brand and her parents’ religion. It also contains plenty of footage highlighting the now-banned bra.
It has also recently been reported that Perry is being considered by “American Idol” as a contender for the upcoming season to replace Jennifer Lopez, who is rumored to be leaving the judging panel. Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj and Fergie also reportedly are being considered.
A friend of Usher‘s family is under investigation for his involvement in the jet-ski accident which has left Usher’s 11-year-old stepson, Kyle Glover, brain dead. MTV News was able to obtain the incident report from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and police have identified Jeffrey S. Hubbard as the person riding the jet ski.
According to the report, Hubbard was operating the water vehicle in Atlanta’s Lake Lanier when he struck Glover and a 15-year-old girl who were both riding on inner tubes. “Basically, a pontoon was pulling two juveniles on an inner tube, and the watercraft ran over the top of them,” Sgt. Mike Burgamy with the DNR told the New York Daily News.
Both of the teens were flown to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. Glover sustained severe head injuries and is now declared brain dead, while the female victim suffered a cut on the head and a broken arm.
Alcohol was reportedly not involved and no criminal charges have been filed as of yet. Authorities are waiting for Glover’s medical outcome before they pursue charges. “It depends on the male’s condition. With certain things we have to wait and see,” explained Sgt. Burgamy. “Once we gather all our info, we’ll talk to the District Attorney and discuss it with them to decide what action to take.”
Glover is the son of Tameka Foster and reportedly was close to Usher who has two younger sons with Foster, his ex-wife. Radar Online reports that Foster went on her Facebook page urging her followers to send prayers and well-wishes to Glover. “Kyle, You are strong.. You’ll be saved I know it. I love you my baby. I need all #Prayers for my son! thanks you everybody!” she wrote.
There was electricity in the air at the "X Factor" auditions in Greensboro, NC today ... because the production truck was struck by lightning ... TMZ has learned.
Sources at the scene tell us ... a major storm rolled in over the Greensboro Coliseum Complex this afternoon ... and knocked out power to the complex.
We're told the lights in the arena went out during the auditions. The mics also went dead.
Sources say some of the judges -- including Britney Spears and Demi Lovato -- were freaked out because of the thunder ... and are now hiding out in their dressing rooms.
Producers have suspended the auditions indefinitely ... and security is on standby in case the storm gets worse and the judges have to make a quick exit.
Usher and former wife Tameka Raymond pose for photos with their children, including Kyle Glover.
Usher's celebrity pals showed an outpour of support on Twitter following the singer's terrible tragedy this past weekend.
The singer's 11-year-old stepson Kyle Glover has been declared brain dead after he and a 15-year-old gal pal were admitted to a hospital following a boating accident Friday, TMZ reports.
The pair were floating on inner tubes in Georgia's Lake Lanier Friday when a Jet Ski struck the two youngsters.
Glover, whose mother is Usher's ex-wife Tameka Foster, was reportedly struck in the head and was knocked unconscious, according to Department of Natural Resources Sergeant Mike Burgamy.
The girl also suffered serious injuries.
Both children were immediately air-lifted to Children's Healthcare at Egelston Hospital in Atlanta.
"Everyone PLEASE pray for Usher and Tameka's son! This is the time they really need your prayers," singer Fantasia tweeted Saturday.
"Praying that Usher and Tameka's son is ok..." Russell Simmons added.
The cause of the horrific incident is still under investigation, which could take months to complete, according to TMZ.
So far, officials have ruled out alcohol as a factor in the accident, but Robin Hill, a rep for the Department of Natural Resources (Wildlife Resources Division) tells the site that they will recreate the accident using special computer programs to determine the details.
Based on the results, Usher could choose to press charges over the accident.
TMZ reports that despite their ongoing bitter divorce battle, Usher hired a private jet to bring Foster to her injured son.
The former couple have two children together - Usher Raymond V, 4, and Naviyd, 3.
Not only are most people pretty unhappy with the quip in the flick Tedabout Lou Gehrig's Disease, but some of the film's fans have been tweeting and quoting it nonstop.
Maybe they just don't understand how crappy it really is.
The punchline reads:
"From one man to another, I hope you get Lou Gehrig's disease."
Not a very nice thing to say at all.
The ALS Therapy Alliance, a Boston-based nonprofit dedicated to raising awareness and research funds for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, has issued this statement about it:
“The box office smash hit Ted, a comedy film based in Boston from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, is sending the wrong message about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). We want to make it clear that ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, is not a laughing matter for people and families suffering from this life-threatening illness. The punch line in the movie Ted comes at the expense of people afflicted with ALS.
“We are not condemning Seth MacFarlane. We just want to stop this alarming trend before it becomes too widespread. We work every day with a dedicated community of supporters to raise awareness and funds, aiming to wipe out ALS. We hope the filmmakers move beyond the unfortunate way Lou Gehrig's disease is used in the film and join us in finding a positive way to raise awareness and research funding to help find a cure.”
We agree that this is in bad taste. Completely.
There are kids out there with this disease, there are kids who have parents who have it -- kids that will have to go to school and hear it repeated over and over by their peers as a joke.
It's not a joke.
We're not even really sure how it made it past editing, to be honest. Seth MacFarlane is usually good about pushing boundaries to a point where it's funny, but this is not it.
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