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August 1, 2012
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SNOOP LION IS ROARING INTO TIFF
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. 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."
BUT . . . Snoop says that doesn't mean he is done rapping altogether.  He adds, quote, "It's not like I gave it up, but for this particular project, it wasn't necessary . . . Here's a clip of Snoops new Doc "Reincarnation" about his transformation which debuts and the TIFF festival
CUBA GOODING JR. IS A WANTED MAN
Cops in New Orleans have issued an arrest warrant for the actor after he was accused of shoving a female bartender early this morning ...
The New Orleans Police Department says a misdemeanor battery warrant was issued after cops received a complaint that Cuba got physical at The Old Absinthe House on Bourbon Street around 2:00 AM.  A witness at the bar says Cuba became upset with some bar patrons who recognized him and had been taking pictures. Cuba began cussing at the people ... so a female bartender approached the actor and asked him to leave.
Witnesses say Cuba didn't go quietly ... and shoved the bartender against a wall.  According to police, the bartender claims she informed Cuba that the cops were on the way ... and that he needed to leave. The bartender claims Gooding pushed her again, and left the bar.
Now, cops are under orders to arrest Cuba on sight.  Cuba is currently in New Orleans to film "The Butler" with Oprah Winfrey.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!
If today is your birthday, you share it with the following celebs
Coolio - Rapper, 49
Tempestt Bledsoe - Vanessa Huxtable on the "Cosby Show", 39
Robert Cray -  Blues Musician, 59
Chuck D -  Public Enemy, 52

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