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Rapper Kurupt has stepped forward to share the reason why West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion.

In a recent interview with MTV’s “RapFix Live,” Snoop’s longtime partner in rhyme explained the name change.

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“It’s all Snoop,” said Kurupt. “We’re men first and Snoop elevates, and every time he elevates, he gives us an opportunity to be a part of that elevation through his music.”

Kurupt says that trip to Jamaica changed Snoop’s outlook on life forever.

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“He had a very spiritual [and] uplifting [experience] when he went to Jamaica, and he’s expressing it through his music, and you’ve gotta support that,” said Kurupt.

“I love Snoop and where he is right now. I think that he’s a lot more calm about himself and things that he does, but it’s all still Snoop,” he added.

Kurupt drop his new mixtape, Money, Bi*ches, Power, today, November 7.