Who let the Dogg in?
GHANIAN reggae artiste Blakk Rasta has come swinging at American gangster rapper-turned-reggae artiste Snoop Lion's recent Grammy nomination for the Best Reggae Album.
According to ghanaweb.com, the dreadlocked reggae singer said he found it horrendous to have Snoop Lion in that category for the Grammy.
"Yes, everybody would say Snoop Dogg has tried and produced good reggae songs, but I don't feel that qualifies him to be in that league of artistes nominated for the Grammys. It surprises me that a rapper who suddenly metamorphosed in a reggae genre within a year has been voted into that category," he was reported as saying.
Albums by Ziggy Marley and Snoop Lion have made the preliminary list for Best Reggae Album at next year's Grammy Awards.
The Grammys are scheduled for February.
"I am not disputing the fact that he might have made enormous sales with it, but I think somebody would have to explain to me more what criteria was used to put him there. So if all of a sudden Blakk Rasta or Rocky Dawuni, Cocoa Tea or Black Prophet decides to do pure rap music, will they be nominated to the Best Rap or Hip Hop album at the Grammys? No wonder it is an American thing," Blakk Rasta concluded.
Last year, Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) claimed to have shed his gangster image and embraced the Rastafarian faith. He was recently embroiled in a war of words with former Wailer, Bunny Wailer, over an alledged contractual breach.
Snoop Lion, whose given name is Calvin Broadus Jr, has again changed his moniker to Snoop Zilla.