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TIFF Capsule Review: Snoop Dogg's 'Reincarnated'

By Kaleem Aftab | Indiewire September 15, 2012 at 10:37AM

Snoop Dogg likes weed. That was common knowledge long before the alternative youth culture magazine Vice asked its global editor Brit Andy Capper to take his camera to Jamaica and show Snoop foraging down hills in search of a perfect high. It’s only after the 20-minute haze of smoke has settled that a story of any interest emerges in this authorised biopic. Snoop is ostensibly on the island to make a reggae album. Recording songs with Bunny Wailer, Snoop shows his skills as a musician while embracing Rastafarianism. It’s the former Wailer that tells Snoop that he should be renamed "Snoop Lion." On breaks from recording an album titled Reincarnated, the 41-year-old Californian talks to Capper about his career from street gangster to rap superstar via a year of pimping "bitches," but the most revealing moments come from an interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan of The Nation of Islam, who Snoop turned to after the death of Tupac. Already, the backtracking has already begun on the "lion" moniker; the artist born Calvin Broadus, Jr., says "Snoop Lion" will be used for reggae tunes only. Criticwire grade: B- [Kaleem Aftab]
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Snoop Dogg likes weed. That was common knowledge long before the alternative youth culture magazine Vice asked its global editor Brit Andy Capper to take his camera to Jamaica and show Snoop foraging down hills in search of a perfect high.   It’s only after the 20-minute haze of smoke has settled that a story of any interest emerges in this authorised biopic. Snoop is ostensibly on the island to make a reggae album. Recording songs with Bunny Wailer, Snoop shows his skills as a musician while embracing Rastafarianism. It’s the former Wailer that tells Snoop that he should be renamed "Snoop Lion." On breaks from recording an album titled Reincarnated, the 41-year-old Californian talks to Capper about his career from street gangster to rap superstar via a year of pimping "bitches," but the most revealing moments come from an interview with Minister Louis Farrakhan of The Nation of Islam, who Snoop turned to after the death of Tupac. Already, the backtracking has already begun on the "lion" moniker; the artist born Calvin Broadus, Jr., says "Snoop Lion" will be used for reggae tunes only. Criticwire grade: B- [Kaleem Aftab]

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