Rastafari Council Threatens Snoop Lion With Lawsuit, “He Is Not A Real Rasta”

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Bunny Wailer is furious with Snoop.

Snoop Lion, formerly Snoop Dogg, has caught some fire from the Rastafarian Community.

The elders of the Ethio-Africa Diaspora Union Millennium Council also known as the Rastafari Millennium Council has released a 7-page document criticizing Snoop Lion Rastafarian transformation.

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Bunny Wailer, who is an original members of Reggae’s most iconic band Bab Marley and the Wailers, says Snoop Lion lied about becoming a Rastafarian to sell records.

During an interview with TMZ, Bunny Wailer says Snoop Dogg has engaged in “outright fraudulent use of Rastafari Community’s personalities and symbolism” — and has failed to meet “contractual, moral and verbal commitments.”

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The Rastafari Council says loving Bob Marley, smoking weed and listening to reggae music does not make you a Rastafarian.

They are asking Snoop to drop the “Lion” moniker and revert back to Dogg, as well as, issue an apology to the Rastafarian Community.

Failing to do so will result in a lawsuit against the rap icon.

Your comments below.

 
 
 
  • MUSIC IS NOT SELLING ALL OVER THE UNIVERSE BECAUSE OF TECNOLOGY , COMPUTOR).

  • MUSIC IS NOT SELLING ALL OVER THE UNIVERSE BECAUSE OF TECNOLOGY , COMPUTOR).

  • Mikey A. Kranium

    Everything is to sell records today!When Khago called himself Rasta and Natural Black cut off his locks,there wasnt this big of a commotion.

  • Mikey A. Kranium

    Everything is to sell records today!When Khago called himself Rasta and Natural Black cut off his locks,there wasnt this big of a commotion.

    • When someone worth $100 million US Dollars and with the global media at his behest is considerate of doing something then there is a different set of rules here based on the potential damage that can be done.

      Again he chose to make his ‘transformation/reincarnation’ not be a private decision but a public commercial product, that is the key difference and the reason for the reaction from a legal and commercial response.

      You cant view this as something personal that did not start that way!

  • Mikey A. Kranium

    Everything is to sell records today!When Khago called himself Rasta and Natural Black cut off his locks,there wasnt this big of a commotion.

    • When someone worth $100 million US Dollars and with the global media at his behest is considerate of doing something then there is a different set of rules here based on the potential damage that can be done.

      Again he chose to make his ‘transformation/reincarnation’ not be a private decision but a public commercial product, that is the key difference and the reason for the reaction from a legal and commercial response.

      You cant view this as something personal that did not start that way!

  • MUSC CHANNEL THRU EVERBODY SOUL YUTH MUSIC A FI EVERY BODY.

    • let the man find is inner soul ,wat the mansight the father

    • When someone worth $100 million US Dollars and with the global media at his behest is considerate of doing something then there is a different set of rules here based on the potential damage that can be done.

      Again he chose to make his ‘transformation/reincarnation’ not be a private decision but a public commercial product, that is the key difference and the reason for the reaction from a legal and commercial response.

      You cant view this as something personal that did not start that way!

  • MUSC CHANNEL THRU EVERBODY SOUL YUTH MUSIC A FI EVERY BODY.

    • let the man find is inner soul ,wat the mansight the father

    • When someone worth $100 million US Dollars and with the global media at his behest is considerate of doing something then there is a different set of rules here based on the potential damage that can be done.

      Again he chose to make his ‘transformation/reincarnation’ not be a private decision but a public commercial product, that is the key difference and the reason for the reaction from a legal and commercial response.

      You cant view this as something personal that did not start that way!

  • Snoop do whateva you want homie they just broke and want some money

    • When someone worth $100 million US Dollars and with the global media at his behest is considerate of doing something then there is a different set of rules here based on the potential damage that can be done.

      Again he chose to make his ‘transformation/reincarnation’ not be a private decision but a public commercial product, that is the key difference and the reason for the reaction from a legal and commercial response.

      You cant view this as something personal that did not start that way!

  • Snoop do whateva you want homie they just broke and want some money

    • When someone worth $100 million US Dollars and with the global media at his behest is considerate of doing something then there is a different set of rules here based on the potential damage that can be done.

      Again he chose to make his ‘transformation/reincarnation’ not be a private decision but a public commercial product, that is the key difference and the reason for the reaction from a legal and commercial response.

      You cant view this as something personal that did not start that way!

  • Tina Marie Sandridge Franklin

    Bunny need to sit down…

  • Tina Marie Sandridge Franklin

    Bunny need to sit down…

    • RASTAFARI AND REGGAE 101

      “Rastafarianism was to become the dominant ideology of Jamaican music in the mid-970s”. “The heavy Rasta beat, as much as their philosophy and style of social commentary in the lyrics, led Jamaican pop music from Rock Steady to reggae.”

      As Pollard notes, “[r]eggae music…is music written essentially by Rastafari and containslyrics that, for them, are serious ‘messages’.”

      “The Rastafarian shamanizes his cultural values in music and Arts” incorporating within them his message from and to his God and King.

      Rastafari singers and players of instruments view their roles as a social and religious responsibility. “For the Jamaican culture, and perhaps the Diasporan, this is a new way of perceiving the song.”

      Reggae is and has been primarily Rastafari message music, which accounts for its incredible global appeal. “By the time the lyrics of Reggae music reached the airwaves of the world, the language of Rastafari had become an integral part of its
      culture.”

      “In the last 70 years or so, Rastafari, a new world 20th century sacrilegious movement that spoke first to the Jamaican poor, has spread not only to the rest of the
      Caribbean, but outside of the region to North and South America, Europe, Africa,
      Asia and the Pacific.”

      Recognising the unique symbiotic relationship between
      Rastafari and Reggae, Neil Savishinsky has remarked that “what is perhaps most interesting and unique about Rastafarianism is that it may represent the only
      contemporary socio-religious movement whose diffusion is directly linked to various mediums of transnational popular culture, most notably reggae music.”

      “The combined effect of Rastafari and reggae music is powerful”? spiritually, symbolically, culturally and ECONOMICALLY. As anyone who has experienced the roots
      of Reggae music would attest, “in many ways, to feel the reggae beat is to think Rasta.”

      However, by virtue of the fact that international identification with Rastafari has come more through Reggae than through Rastafari mansions and organisations, “reggae’s travel abroad has also succeeded in clearing space for readings that find artists and fans incorporating Rastafari symbols into their lives and music without necessarily subscribing to the spiritual dimensions of Rastafari
      ideology.”

      Unauthorised copying and reproduction of Rastafari style of dress, language, symbols and imagery, raises issues about the right of Rastafari as a community to safeguard
      the use and misuse of its culture, without regard or respect for it and for those who suffered and died to establish, nurture and develop it. The issue is compounded by the
      fact that, despite immense national and international popularity and exploitation of its traditional cultural expressions, the Rastafari have remained at the lowestsocioeconomic levels of Jamaican society,
      a feature that is common worldwide in
      societies with indigenous and minority communities.

  • Tina Marie Sandridge Franklin

    Bunny need to sit down…

    • RASTAFARI AND REGGAE 101

      “Rastafarianism was to become the dominant ideology of Jamaican music in the mid-970s”. “The heavy Rasta beat, as much as their philosophy and style of social commentary in the lyrics, led Jamaican pop music from Rock Steady to reggae.”

      As Pollard notes, “[r]eggae music…is music written essentially by Rastafari and containslyrics that, for them, are serious ‘messages’.”

      “The Rastafarian shamanizes his cultural values in music and Arts” incorporating within them his message from and to his God and King.

      Rastafari singers and players of instruments view their roles as a social and religious responsibility. “For the Jamaican culture, and perhaps the Diasporan, this is a new way of perceiving the song.”

      Reggae is and has been primarily Rastafari message music, which accounts for its incredible global appeal. “By the time the lyrics of Reggae music reached the airwaves of the world, the language of Rastafari had become an integral part of its
      culture.”

      “In the last 70 years or so, Rastafari, a new world 20th century sacrilegious movement that spoke first to the Jamaican poor, has spread not only to the rest of the
      Caribbean, but outside of the region to North and South America, Europe, Africa,
      Asia and the Pacific.”

      Recognising the unique symbiotic relationship between
      Rastafari and Reggae, Neil Savishinsky has remarked that “what is perhaps most interesting and unique about Rastafarianism is that it may represent the only
      contemporary socio-religious movement whose diffusion is directly linked to various mediums of transnational popular culture, most notably reggae music.”

      “The combined effect of Rastafari and reggae music is powerful”? spiritually, symbolically, culturally and ECONOMICALLY. As anyone who has experienced the roots
      of Reggae music would attest, “in many ways, to feel the reggae beat is to think Rasta.”

      However, by virtue of the fact that international identification with Rastafari has come more through Reggae than through Rastafari mansions and organisations, “reggae’s travel abroad has also succeeded in clearing space for readings that find artists and fans incorporating Rastafari symbols into their lives and music without necessarily subscribing to the spiritual dimensions of Rastafari
      ideology.”

      Unauthorised copying and reproduction of Rastafari style of dress, language, symbols and imagery, raises issues about the right of Rastafari as a community to safeguard
      the use and misuse of its culture, without regard or respect for it and for those who suffered and died to establish, nurture and develop it. The issue is compounded by the
      fact that, despite immense national and international popularity and exploitation of its traditional cultural expressions, the Rastafari have remained at the lowestsocioeconomic levels of Jamaican society,
      a feature that is common worldwide in
      societies with indigenous and minority communities.

  • Ras Boom Out

    Let those whose hands are clean with a pure heart cast the first stone.

    The council who decide to seek money in Babylon System from an individual who declare Rasta is promoting segregation and discrimination.

  • Ras Boom Out

    Let those whose hands are clean with a pure heart cast the first stone.

    The council who decide to seek money in Babylon System from an individual who declare Rasta is promoting segregation and discrimination.

    • Its comming like da church…it’s a joke….and may I ask weh dis council resides????

    • What COUNCIL????? Snoop has every right to call himself whatever he wants. He also has every right to call himself a rasta. Whose council is this???? Whats this who ha about???

    • I think you guys should research before you just jump into this thing about council and Snoop. Don’t wait til all of a sudden Snoop on it and have an opinion about the movement Rasta is on. This council been around. Maybe you should try take a trip down to Bobo Hill and see, it’s real.

    • Deshawn Findley
      THE NAME LION IS VERY SIGNIFICANT , DOOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED INTHE TEMPLE WHICH REPRESENTS THE DEVIL, LION IS CLOSELY A$$OCIATED TO GOD, SNOOP IS A SATANIST THAT IS THE OPPOSITE TO REGGAE. IT IS A PLOY TO DESTROY REGGAE BY MIXING IT WITH THE CORRUPTED COMMERCIAL MUSIC HI HOP, AND OTHERS.
      IF YOU DECIDE TO BE A christian you change same goes for rasta you change to rasta

    • Deshawn Findley you sound like a southern baptist redneck or preacher driving a hummer, or a middle eastern acting like they have some claim on Islam, when it was actually sent here for Nas bka Mankind. What council can claim they have exclusivity to the word of God/Jah/Allah/Haile Sela$$iei/Yahweh…that is all the research that a man needs. Knowing that it is the word of the most high and no one man can claim that. Now hush till you get a beard. BMCC is not Columbia or Fordham, you have a lot of growing up to do in the books and life. And yes I attended BMCC…

  • Ras Boom Out

    Let those whose hands are clean with a pure heart cast the first stone.

    The council who decide to seek money in Babylon System from an individual who declare Rasta is promoting segregation and discrimination.

    • Its comming like da church…it’s a joke….and may I ask weh dis council resides????

    • What COUNCIL????? Snoop has every right to call himself whatever he wants. He also has every right to call himself a rasta. Whose council is this???? Whats this who ha about???

    • I think you guys should research before you just jump into this thing about council and Snoop. Don’t wait til all of a sudden Snoop on it and have an opinion about the movement Rasta is on. This council been around. Maybe you should try take a trip down to Bobo Hill and see, it’s real.

    • Deshawn Findley
      THE NAME LION IS VERY SIGNIFICANT , DOOGS ARE NOT ALLOWED INTHE TEMPLE WHICH REPRESENTS THE DEVIL, LION IS CLOSELY A$$OCIATED TO GOD, SNOOP IS A SATANIST THAT IS THE OPPOSITE TO REGGAE. IT IS A PLOY TO DESTROY REGGAE BY MIXING IT WITH THE CORRUPTED COMMERCIAL MUSIC HI HOP, AND OTHERS.
      IF YOU DECIDE TO BE A christian you change same goes for rasta you change to rasta

    • Deshawn Findley you sound like a southern baptist redneck or preacher driving a hummer, or a middle eastern acting like they have some claim on Islam, when it was actually sent here for Nas bka Mankind. What council can claim they have exclusivity to the word of God/Jah/Allah/Haile Sela$$iei/Yahweh…that is all the research that a man needs. Knowing that it is the word of the most high and no one man can claim that. Now hush till you get a beard. BMCC is not Columbia or Fordham, you have a lot of growing up to do in the books and life. And yes I attended BMCC…

  • James Maxwell

    Didn’t know Rastafarians trademark the word Lion. This reminds me of Morgan Heritage song that says you don’t have to be a dread to be Rasta. Reggae and dancehall artists love to fight against each other instead of supporting and embracing each other. f out a hear Bunny Wailer. Yo vex with Bob Marley and now yo vex with Snoop. Same way dem a fight Sizzla and Capleton.

  • James Maxwell

    Didn’t know Rastafarians trademark the word Lion. This reminds me of Morgan Heritage song that says you don’t have to be a dread to be Rasta. Reggae and dancehall artists love to fight against each other instead of supporting and embracing each other. f out a hear Bunny Wailer. Yo vex with Bob Marley and now yo vex with Snoop. Same way dem a fight Sizzla and Capleton.

    • Yo right James. I myself love reggae to death but trying to dictate and intimidate others is a total NO NO….. If this LION word is a trademark then i can also go and trademark the word RASTA OR REGGAE whatever. Does it mean i can now go around suing everybody who uses those words. Thats total nonsense. I used to have great respect for Bunny Wailer but i have since lost all of it. What these people dont realize is that, Snoop Lion can single handedly bring this genre on the world map. I am not lying if i tell you that my own sister didnt even want to listern to reggae music until Snoop Lion came to the scene. Now she buys all sorts of cds, from Mavado, Kartel etc. Snoop Lion coming into the scene will really benefit the reggae artists positively. These guys (COUNCIL) are very short sighted.

    • Rasta always take it serious when a person claims to follow the teachings of Rasta not just now with Snooop. Nuff people claims seh dem a Rasta and don’t know what it’s about. Nothing new and I respect the Rasta community for that. Yes Snoop can support it but to call himself one, I beg to differ.

    • people i’m not a dread rasta but i love reggae like it is my destiny. i think it is ok for an artist to consider taking on reggae but before you can just jump into it learn about the culture reggae is not a game it is a way of life. poverty religion unity and world knowledge so in that field that snoop is taking on he need to research is all about the money or is it about a way of life.

    • There is a difference in Reggae and Rasta though. Yes Rasta is involved in Reggae but just cause you deal with Reggae, don’t make you a Rasta. Sean Paul is reggae and is by no means Rasta. The two are not to be mixed.

    • RASTAFARI AND REGGAE 101

      “Rastafarianism was to become the dominant ideology of Jamaican music in the mid-970s”. “The heavy Rasta beat, as much as their philosophy and style of social commentary in the lyrics, led Jamaican pop music from Rock Steady to reggae.”

      As Pollard notes, “[r]eggae music…is music written essentially by Rastafari and containslyrics that, for them, are serious ‘messages’.”

      “The Rastafarian shamanizes his cultural values in music and Arts” incorporating within them his message from and to his God and King.

      Rastafari singers and players of instruments view their roles as a social and religious responsibility. “For the Jamaican culture, and perhaps the Diasporan, this is a new way of perceiving the song.”

      Reggae is and has been primarily Rastafari message music, which accounts for its incredible global appeal. “By the time the lyrics of Reggae music reached the airwaves of the world, the language of Rastafari had become an integral part of its
      culture.”

      “In the last 70 years or so, Rastafari, a new world 20th century sacrilegious movement that spoke first to the Jamaican poor, has spread not only to the rest of the
      Caribbean, but outside of the region to North and South America, Europe, Africa,
      Asia and the Pacific.”

      Recognising the unique symbiotic relationship between
      Rastafari and Reggae, Neil Savishinsky has remarked that “what is perhaps most interesting and unique about Rastafarianism is that it may represent the only
      contemporary socio-religious movement whose diffusion is directly linked to various mediums of transnational popular culture, most notably reggae music.”

      “The combined effect of Rastafari and reggae music is powerful”? spiritually, symbolically, culturally and ECONOMICALLY. As anyone who has experienced the roots
      of Reggae music would attest, “in many ways, to feel the reggae beat is to think Rasta.”

      However, by virtue of the fact that international identification with Rastafari has come more through Reggae than through Rastafari mansions and organisations, “reggae’s travel abroad has also succeeded in clearing space for readings that find artists and fans incorporating Rastafari symbols into their lives and music without necessarily subscribing to the spiritual dimensions of Rastafari
      ideology.”

      Unauthorised copying and reproduction of Rastafari style of dress, language, symbols and imagery, raises issues about the right of Rastafari as a community to safeguard
      the use and misuse of its culture, without regard or respect for it and for those who suffered and died to establish, nurture and develop it. The issue is compounded by the
      fact that, despite immense national and international popularity and exploitation of its traditional cultural expressions, the Rastafari have remained at the lowestsocioeconomic levels of Jamaican society,
      a feature that is common worldwide in
      societies with indigenous and minority communities.

  • James Maxwell

    Didn’t know Rastafarians trademark the word Lion. This reminds me of Morgan Heritage song that says you don’t have to be a dread to be Rasta. Reggae and dancehall artists love to fight against each other instead of supporting and embracing each other. f out a hear Bunny Wailer. Yo vex with Bob Marley and now yo vex with Snoop. Same way dem a fight Sizzla and Capleton.

    • Yo right James. I myself love reggae to death but trying to dictate and intimidate others is a total NO NO….. If this LION word is a trademark then i can also go and trademark the word RASTA OR REGGAE whatever. Does it mean i can now go around suing everybody who uses those words. Thats total nonsense. I used to have great respect for Bunny Wailer but i have since lost all of it. What these people dont realize is that, Snoop Lion can single handedly bring this genre on the world map. I am not lying if i tell you that my own sister didnt even want to listern to reggae music until Snoop Lion came to the scene. Now she buys all sorts of cds, from Mavado, Kartel etc. Snoop Lion coming into the scene will really benefit the reggae artists positively. These guys (COUNCIL) are very short sighted.

    • Rasta always take it serious when a person claims to follow the teachings of Rasta not just now with Snooop. Nuff people claims seh dem a Rasta and don’t know what it’s about. Nothing new and I respect the Rasta community for that. Yes Snoop can support it but to call himself one, I beg to differ.

    • people i’m not a dread rasta but i love reggae like it is my destiny. i think it is ok for an artist to consider taking on reggae but before you can just jump into it learn about the culture reggae is not a game it is a way of life. poverty religion unity and world knowledge so in that field that snoop is taking on he need to research is all about the money or is it about a way of life.

    • There is a difference in Reggae and Rasta though. Yes Rasta is involved in Reggae but just cause you deal with Reggae, don’t make you a Rasta. Sean Paul is reggae and is by no means Rasta. The two are not to be mixed.

    • RASTAFARI AND REGGAE 101

      “Rastafarianism was to become the dominant ideology of Jamaican music in the mid-970s”. “The heavy Rasta beat, as much as their philosophy and style of social commentary in the lyrics, led Jamaican pop music from Rock Steady to reggae.”

      As Pollard notes, “[r]eggae music…is music written essentially by Rastafari and containslyrics that, for them, are serious ‘messages’.”

      “The Rastafarian shamanizes his cultural values in music and Arts” incorporating within them his message from and to his God and King.

      Rastafari singers and players of instruments view their roles as a social and religious responsibility. “For the Jamaican culture, and perhaps the Diasporan, this is a new way of perceiving the song.”

      Reggae is and has been primarily Rastafari message music, which accounts for its incredible global appeal. “By the time the lyrics of Reggae music reached the airwaves of the world, the language of Rastafari had become an integral part of its
      culture.”

      “In the last 70 years or so, Rastafari, a new world 20th century sacrilegious movement that spoke first to the Jamaican poor, has spread not only to the rest of the
      Caribbean, but outside of the region to North and South America, Europe, Africa,
      Asia and the Pacific.”

      Recognising the unique symbiotic relationship between
      Rastafari and Reggae, Neil Savishinsky has remarked that “what is perhaps most interesting and unique about Rastafarianism is that it may represent the only
      contemporary socio-religious movement whose diffusion is directly linked to various mediums of transnational popular culture, most notably reggae music.”

      “The combined effect of Rastafari and reggae music is powerful”? spiritually, symbolically, culturally and ECONOMICALLY. As anyone who has experienced the roots
      of Reggae music would attest, “in many ways, to feel the reggae beat is to think Rasta.”

      However, by virtue of the fact that international identification with Rastafari has come more through Reggae than through Rastafari mansions and organisations, “reggae’s travel abroad has also succeeded in clearing space for readings that find artists and fans incorporating Rastafari symbols into their lives and music without necessarily subscribing to the spiritual dimensions of Rastafari
      ideology.”

      Unauthorised copying and reproduction of Rastafari style of dress, language, symbols and imagery, raises issues about the right of Rastafari as a community to safeguard
      the use and misuse of its culture, without regard or respect for it and for those who suffered and died to establish, nurture and develop it. The issue is compounded by the
      fact that, despite immense national and international popularity and exploitation of its traditional cultural expressions, the Rastafari have remained at the lowestsocioeconomic levels of Jamaican society,
      a feature that is common worldwide in
      societies with indigenous and minority communities.

  • Sad..hes very disrespectful.

  • Sad..hes very disrespectful.

  • I AGREE WID DI COUNCIL.

  • I AGREE WID DI COUNCIL.

  • I AGREE WID DI COUNCIL.

  • MI AGREE WID DI COUNCIL.

  • MI AGREE WID DI COUNCIL.

  • real authentic original rastaman don’t mix with lawsuit boni wealer go esazy don an stop the black on black crime.

  • real authentic original rastaman don’t mix with lawsuit boni wealer go esazy don an stop the black on black crime.

    • When someone worth $100 million US Dollars and with the global media at his behest is considerate of doing something then there is a different set of rules here based on the potential damage that can be done.

      Again he chose to make his ‘transformation/reincarnation’ not be a private decision but a public commercial product, that is the key difference and the reason for the reaction from a legal and commercial response.

      You cant view this as something personal that did not start that way!

    • THE RASTAFARI COMMUNITY CONTRACT THAT WAS PRESENTED AND SIGNED BASED ON THE STATED DESIRE TO RECORD FOR COMMERCIAL TRANSMISSION AND EXPLOITATION, SNOOP’S ‘TRANSFORMATION/REINCARNATION’ AS A RASTAFARI IN DOCUMENTARY/ALBUM/COFFEE TABLE BOOK/TOUR/MERCHANDISE/BRAND DEALS ETC. ETC.

      https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwlgZ2h1zpjncXRMMDBrTVc5V3M/edit

    • GREAT COMMENTS.I LOVE THE SOUND OF RASTA AND THE TRADITIONS IT EMBODIES.PERHAPS THE REJECTION BY THE COUNCIL HAS MORE TO DO WITH RESPECTING THOSE TRADITIONS THAN JUST A$$UMING THE SYMBOLYSMS(THE LION) THAT REPRESENTS THE CULTURE.IF DONE SINCERELY,SNOOP CAN BUILD ON THE BRAND OF THE MUSIC AND SPREAD THE CULTURAL VALUE AS WELL. WE MUST REMEMBER,HE IS AN OUTSIDER IN SOME RESPECTS AND THUS SOME MAY FEEL HE MUST BUILD TRUST AND A RESPECT FOR THE CULTURE BEFORE TRULY REPRESENTING THE ART FORM.IN THE US ITS ALL ABOUT THE PROFIT.ONLY TIME WILLTELL.ONE LOVE INDEED.

  • real authentic original rastaman don’t mix with lawsuit boni wealer go esazy don an stop the black on black crime.

    • When someone worth $100 million US Dollars and with the global media at his behest is considerate of doing something then there is a different set of rules here based on the potential damage that can be done.

      Again he chose to make his ‘transformation/reincarnation’ not be a private decision but a public commercial product, that is the key difference and the reason for the reaction from a legal and commercial response.

      You cant view this as something personal that did not start that way!

    • THE RASTAFARI COMMUNITY CONTRACT THAT WAS PRESENTED AND SIGNED BASED ON THE STATED DESIRE TO RECORD FOR COMMERCIAL TRANSMISSION AND EXPLOITATION, SNOOP’S ‘TRANSFORMATION/REINCARNATION’ AS A RASTAFARI IN DOCUMENTARY/ALBUM/COFFEE TABLE BOOK/TOUR/MERCHANDISE/BRAND DEALS ETC. ETC.

      https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BwlgZ2h1zpjncXRMMDBrTVc5V3M/edit

    • GREAT COMMENTS.I LOVE THE SOUND OF RASTA AND THE TRADITIONS IT EMBODIES.PERHAPS THE REJECTION BY THE COUNCIL HAS MORE TO DO WITH RESPECTING THOSE TRADITIONS THAN JUST A$$UMING THE SYMBOLYSMS(THE LION) THAT REPRESENTS THE CULTURE.IF DONE SINCERELY,SNOOP CAN BUILD ON THE BRAND OF THE MUSIC AND SPREAD THE CULTURAL VALUE AS WELL. WE MUST REMEMBER,HE IS AN OUTSIDER IN SOME RESPECTS AND THUS SOME MAY FEEL HE MUST BUILD TRUST AND A RESPECT FOR THE CULTURE BEFORE TRULY REPRESENTING THE ART FORM.IN THE US ITS ALL ABOUT THE PROFIT.ONLY TIME WILLTELL.ONE LOVE INDEED.

  • Reggae and Rasta go together and lately Snoop is the best thing to happen to reggae and rastafarianism the same way David Beckham was to American Soccer. Rastas need Snoop to take their music (Reggae) to new audiences and at the same time help commercialize it. Whether the Rastas want to admit it or not we all need money to survive.

  • Reggae and Rasta go together and lately Snoop is the best thing to happen to reggae and rastafarianism the same way David Beckham was to American Soccer. Rastas need Snoop to take their music (Reggae) to new audiences and at the same time help commercialize it. Whether the Rastas want to admit it or not we all need money to survive.

    • Rastas don’t need Snoop…tru Rastas music is for the people is to empower ghetto youths

    • The best way to empower ghetto youths is to provide them opportunities so that they become economically independent. We can spiritually, culturally and morally empower ghetto youths but if we don’t empower them economically all will be for no benefit. Snoop has done some music with young Jamaican dancehall reggae artists who I believe their profiles have been enriched such that they have accessed new markets, audiences and earned a few foreign currency by collaborating with Snoop. Snoop as a business person and musician understands the magnetism of Jamaican music and knows there is still a lot of unexploited business potential in Reggae and Rasta. There are a lot of renown artists in Jamaica who call themselves rastas who drink alcohol (The Marley Brothers) and use profanity (Sizzla) and yet we don’t hear the council condemning them. Is it because Snoop is foreign to jamaica that we condemn him?

    • Ok Snoop wants 2 do Reggae..thats kool ..6ut Snoop is doing NOTHING to advance reggae music.Reggae Already has a World Wide Following(roots nd Commercial) I think he is making a mockery of TRUE Rasta sorry :/

    • true dat

    • Not all Reggae music go together with Rasta. You got that twisted. Sean Paul is reggae and in no means an a$$ociation with Rasta.

    • Nyabinghi is Rasta music. Reggae is Jamaican music. Don’t get it twisted

    • You just put “commercialize” and “reggae” in the same sentence, which is all anyone really needs to see that you’re talking out your a$$. Good day sir

    • Sharon ‘Shazz’ Nembhard

      @Ian, what a piece of freshness..we need a man whose music denigrated our african-american daughters for years to not even have a Saul experience yet be so transformed as to be able to empower our african-caribbean children? Why doesn’t he apologise to our american daughters first and start his transformation experience there? You think it was a coincidence that Sean Coombs was in the island the same bloomin time? You think it is a coincidence that Anthony Miller aired their visit for more than FOUR ER episodes on national television? You must be bloody drunk!

    • Ian Kazanga These are two different topics. Snoop and reggae/dancehall music and Rastafarian spirituality/life. The Council has a valid point to be concerned about how Snoop’s use of Rastafarianism creates more stereotypes around their beliefs and way of life. Yes, Snoop can certainly make some great music with Jamaican artists, but this is not about music for The Council. They aren’t one in the same. Reggae and Rasta do not go hand in hand. Music is simply a form of expression in the culture of Rasta. The issue is Snoop’s celebrity and historical use of weed shedding a negative light on a beloved belief system that is being made a joke of by his actions. Snoop’s actions and displays of him being Rastafarian are boastful. Rasta is humble. IJS.

    • itz neever bout tha money fam, there is nothing he will do to improve reggea

  • Reggae and Rasta go together and lately Snoop is the best thing to happen to reggae and rastafarianism the same way David Beckham was to American Soccer. Rastas need Snoop to take their music (Reggae) to new audiences and at the same time help commercialize it. Whether the Rastas want to admit it or not we all need money to survive.

    • Rastas don’t need Snoop…tru Rastas music is for the people is to empower ghetto youths

    • The best way to empower ghetto youths is to provide them opportunities so that they become economically independent. We can spiritually, culturally and morally empower ghetto youths but if we don’t empower them economically all will be for no benefit. Snoop has done some music with young Jamaican dancehall reggae artists who I believe their profiles have been enriched such that they have accessed new markets, audiences and earned a few foreign currency by collaborating with Snoop. Snoop as a business person and musician understands the magnetism of Jamaican music and knows there is still a lot of unexploited business potential in Reggae and Rasta. There are a lot of renown artists in Jamaica who call themselves rastas who drink alcohol (The Marley Brothers) and use profanity (Sizzla) and yet we don’t hear the council condemning them. Is it because Snoop is foreign to jamaica that we condemn him?

    • Ok Snoop wants 2 do Reggae..thats kool ..6ut Snoop is doing NOTHING to advance reggae music.Reggae Already has a World Wide Following(roots nd Commercial) I think he is making a mockery of TRUE Rasta sorry :/

    • true dat

    • Not all Reggae music go together with Rasta. You got that twisted. Sean Paul is reggae and in no means an a$$ociation with Rasta.

    • Nyabinghi is Rasta music. Reggae is Jamaican music. Don’t get it twisted

    • You just put “commercialize” and “reggae” in the same sentence, which is all anyone really needs to see that you’re talking out your a$$. Good day sir

    • Sharon ‘Shazz’ Nembhard

      @Ian, what a piece of freshness..we need a man whose music denigrated our african-american daughters for years to not even have a Saul experience yet be so transformed as to be able to empower our african-caribbean children? Why doesn’t he apologise to our american daughters first and start his transformation experience there? You think it was a coincidence that Sean Coombs was in the island the same bloomin time? You think it is a coincidence that Anthony Miller aired their visit for more than FOUR ER episodes on national television? You must be bloody drunk!

    • Ian Kazanga These are two different topics. Snoop and reggae/dancehall music and Rastafarian spirituality/life. The Council has a valid point to be concerned about how Snoop’s use of Rastafarianism creates more stereotypes around their beliefs and way of life. Yes, Snoop can certainly make some great music with Jamaican artists, but this is not about music for The Council. They aren’t one in the same. Reggae and Rasta do not go hand in hand. Music is simply a form of expression in the culture of Rasta. The issue is Snoop’s celebrity and historical use of weed shedding a negative light on a beloved belief system that is being made a joke of by his actions. Snoop’s actions and displays of him being Rastafarian are boastful. Rasta is humble. IJS.

    • itz neever bout tha money fam, there is nothing he will do to improve reggea

  • Its wrong for Snoop to demise the Rastafarian community. But on the other hand I think Bunny must be easy on him. They must show him the right way to be a Rasta. Rasta and lawsuits just don’t mix. Take it easy Don Dadda.

  • Its wrong for Snoop to demise the Rastafarian community. But on the other hand I think Bunny must be easy on him. They must show him the right way to be a Rasta. Rasta and lawsuits just don’t mix. Take it easy Don Dadda.

  • Its wrong for Snoop to demise the Rastafarian community. But on the other hand I think Bunny must be easy on him. They must show him the right way to be a Rasta. Rasta and lawsuits just don’t mix. Take it easy Don Dadda.

  • boni waler need tu go eazy snoop no do any thyng worng him love the culture an embrace it so y hi a fight agains snoop fa don bonni waller need fi bill an go eazy.

  • boni waler need tu go eazy snoop no do any thyng worng him love the culture an embrace it so y hi a fight agains snoop fa don bonni waller need fi bill an go eazy.

    • RASTAFARI AND REGGAE 101

      “Rastafarianism was to become the dominant ideology of Jamaican music in the mid-970s”. “The heavy Rasta beat, as much as their philosophy and style of social commentary in the lyrics, led Jamaican pop music from Rock Steady to reggae.”

      As Pollard notes, “[r]eggae music…is music written essentially by Rastafari and containslyrics that, for them, are serious ‘messages’.”

      “The Rastafarian shamanizes his cultural values in music and Arts” incorporating within them his message from and to his God and King.

      Rastafari singers and players of instruments view their roles as a social and religious responsibility. “For the Jamaican culture, and perhaps the Diasporan, this is a new way of perceiving the song.”

      Reggae is and has been primarily Rastafari message music, which accounts for its incredible global appeal. “By the time the lyrics of Reggae music reached the airwaves of the world, the language of Rastafari had become an integral part of its
      culture.”

      “In the last 70 years or so, Rastafari, a new world 20th century sacrilegious movement that spoke first to the Jamaican poor, has spread not only to the rest of the
      Caribbean, but outside of the region to North and South America, Europe, Africa,
      Asia and the Pacific.”

      Recognising the unique symbiotic relationship between
      Rastafari and Reggae, Neil Savishinsky has remarked that “what is perhaps most interesting and unique about Rastafarianism is that it may represent the only
      contemporary socio-religious movement whose diffusion is directly linked to various mediums of transnational popular culture, most notably reggae music.”

      “The combined effect of Rastafari and reggae music is powerful”? spiritually, symbolically, culturally and ECONOMICALLY. As anyone who has experienced the roots
      of Reggae music would attest, “in many ways, to feel the reggae beat is to think Rasta.”

      However, by virtue of the fact that international identification with Rastafari has come more through Reggae than through Rastafari mansions and organisations, “reggae’s travel abroad has also succeeded in clearing space for readings that find artists and fans incorporating Rastafari symbols into their lives and music without necessarily subscribing to the spiritual dimensions of Rastafari
      ideology.”

      Unauthorised copying and reproduction of Rastafari style of dress, language, symbols and imagery, raises issues about the right of Rastafari as a community to safeguard
      the use and misuse of its culture, without regard or respect for it and for those who suffered and died to establish, nurture and develop it. The issue is compounded by the
      fact that, despite immense national and international popularity and exploitation of its traditional cultural expressions, the Rastafari have remained at the lowestsocioeconomic levels of Jamaican society,
      a feature that is common worldwide in
      societies with indigenous and minority communities.

  • boni waler need tu go eazy snoop no do any thyng worng him love the culture an embrace it so y hi a fight agains snoop fa don bonni waller need fi bill an go eazy.

    • RASTAFARI AND REGGAE 101

      “Rastafarianism was to become the dominant ideology of Jamaican music in the mid-970s”. “The heavy Rasta beat, as much as their philosophy and style of social commentary in the lyrics, led Jamaican pop music from Rock Steady to reggae.”

      As Pollard notes, “[r]eggae music…is music written essentially by Rastafari and containslyrics that, for them, are serious ‘messages’.”

      “The Rastafarian shamanizes his cultural values in music and Arts” incorporating within them his message from and to his God and King.

      Rastafari singers and players of instruments view their roles as a social and religious responsibility. “For the Jamaican culture, and perhaps the Diasporan, this is a new way of perceiving the song.”

      Reggae is and has been primarily Rastafari message music, which accounts for its incredible global appeal. “By the time the lyrics of Reggae music reached the airwaves of the world, the language of Rastafari had become an integral part of its
      culture.”

      “In the last 70 years or so, Rastafari, a new world 20th century sacrilegious movement that spoke first to the Jamaican poor, has spread not only to the rest of the
      Caribbean, but outside of the region to North and South America, Europe, Africa,
      Asia and the Pacific.”

      Recognising the unique symbiotic relationship between
      Rastafari and Reggae, Neil Savishinsky has remarked that “what is perhaps most interesting and unique about Rastafarianism is that it may represent the only
      contemporary socio-religious movement whose diffusion is directly linked to various mediums of transnational popular culture, most notably reggae music.”

      “The combined effect of Rastafari and reggae music is powerful”? spiritually, symbolically, culturally and ECONOMICALLY. As anyone who has experienced the roots
      of Reggae music would attest, “in many ways, to feel the reggae beat is to think Rasta.”

      However, by virtue of the fact that international identification with Rastafari has come more through Reggae than through Rastafari mansions and organisations, “reggae’s travel abroad has also succeeded in clearing space for readings that find artists and fans incorporating Rastafari symbols into their lives and music without necessarily subscribing to the spiritual dimensions of Rastafari
      ideology.”

      Unauthorised copying and reproduction of Rastafari style of dress, language, symbols and imagery, raises issues about the right of Rastafari as a community to safeguard
      the use and misuse of its culture, without regard or respect for it and for those who suffered and died to establish, nurture and develop it. The issue is compounded by the
      fact that, despite immense national and international popularity and exploitation of its traditional cultural expressions, the Rastafari have remained at the lowestsocioeconomic levels of Jamaican society,
      a feature that is common worldwide in
      societies with indigenous and minority communities.

  • Snoop you are just a want to be…bomboclat…bloodclat man.

  • Snoop you are just a want to be…bomboclat…bloodclat man.

  • Snoop you are just a want to be…bomboclat…bloodclat man.