Snoop Dogg Has Officially Changed His Name to "Snoop Lion" . . . and Says He's Experienced Spiritual and Artistic Rebirth
Last week, we heard SNOOP DOGG was putting out a REGGAE album under the name SNOOP LION . . . and now, it sounds like it isn't just a brief phase. He sounds serious about buying into this, all the way.
--Snoop experienced a spiritual and artistic rebirth while spending time in Jamaica recently. He says, quote, "I have always said I was BOB MARLEY reincarnated. I have always been a Rastafari."
--He goes on, quote, "It's not that I want to become Snoop Dogg on a reggae track. I want to bury Snoop Dogg, and become Snoop Lion.
--"I didn't know that until I went to the temple, where the 'High Priest' asked me what my name was, and I said, 'Snoop Dogg.' And he looked me in my eyes and said, 'No more. You are the light, you are the lion.'
--"From that moment on, it's like I had started to understand why I was there."
--He adds, quote, "There comes a point where you say I done it all, or there isn't much more to do. This was like a rebirth for me. Rap is not a challenge to me. I had enough of that. It's not appealing to me no more. I don’t have no challenges.
--"I'm 'Uncle Snoop' in rap. When you get to be an uncle, you need to find a new profession so you can start over and be fresh again. I want to be a kid again."
--BUT . . . Snoop that doesn't mean Snoop is done rapping altogether. He adds, quote, "It's not like I gave it up, but for this particular project, it wasn't necessary . . .
--"When it comes to reggae music, I engulf the whole spirit of it all . . . the stage that I'm at with it right now, it's just like, the Lion overrules. So it's not like you won't hear me being Snoop Dogg, but this is where I'm at."
--Also, he insists he was NOT HIGH when he decided to go into Snoop Lion mode.
Kate Middleton is "Vanity Fair's" Best-Dressed Cover Girl
KATE MIDDLETON has made the "Vanity Fair" Best-Dressed list for the third time. And they even put her on the cover of this year's issue.
--Here's who else made this year's list:
--Actress Jessica Chastain
--Colin Firth and his wife Livia
Colin Farrell Says Having Kids Saved His Life
COLIN FARRELL is still living a clean and healthy life . . . and he credits his sons . . . 9-year-old James and 2-year-old Henry.
--He says, quote, "What my first son James did was allow me to care for something in this world when I couldn't care for myself. James saved my life."
--And because he wants to see his kids grow up, he's sticking with it. He adds, quote, "I eat really well, drink loads of green tea, and take a [crap]load of vitamins."
--And while he calls the simple life, quote, "[effing] boring" . . . he adds, quote, "Life has mutated to take on this sweet simplicity that I am really [effing] ok with."
Bret Michaels Is Already Talking About Doing More "Rock of Love"
BRET MICHAELS just announced this week that he and his fiancé Kristi Gibson are no more. But apparently, he was already talking about doing more "Rock of Love" on VH1.
--Bret was doing a radio interview last week where he was already promoting a new season of "Rock of Love" during his gig in Watseka, Illinois.
--He also mentioned an all-star season of "Celebrity Apprentice".
When Lindsay Lohan Went Topless For Her Upcoming Movie, She Made All the Guys on the Set Strip Down to Their Boxers
It's hard to believe, but LINDSAY LOHAN actually has a sense of humility. And it came out when she was about to film a sex scene for her upcoming movie "The Canyons".
--The scene required Lindsay to go TOPLESS. But in order to make herself feel comfortable in front of the 10-man crew, she made them strip down to their boxers.
The "MTV Video Music Award" Nominees Have Been Announced
The "MTV Video Music Award" nominees were announced yesterday . . . and DRAKE and RIHANNA led the way with five nominations.
--KATY PERRY followed with four . .while COLDPLAY, M.I.A., JAY-Z & KANYE WEST and FRANK OCEAN scored three apiece.
--The candidates for Video of the Year are: Drake's video for "Take Care", which features Rihanna, Rihanna's "We Found Love", Katy Perry's “Wide Awake”, GOTYE'S “Somebody I Used to Know” and M.I.A.'s "Bad Girls".
--LADY GAGA has dominated the "VMAs" the past two years . . . and last year, she spent the entire show as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone . . . but this year, she was completely SHUT OUT.
--Of course, Lady Gaga hasn't released much this year . . . and she was only eligible in two categories . . . but it's odd to see her on the "VMA" sidelines.
--This year's ceremony goes down on September 6th. ALICIA KEYS is hosting . . . and she'll also perform, as will ONE DIRECTION. More acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Voting is open now at VMA.MTV.com.
--If you're really crazy about VMA voting, you can vote on your smart-phone at m.MTV.com . . . and Verizon subscribers can vote on all categories by texting "VMA" to 22444. As usual, standard texting rates apply.