Reincarnated CD (2013)

Artist: Snoop Lion

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Specifications

Label Rca/red
SKU 248203999
UPC 887654847027
UPC 14 00887654847027
Format CD
Release Date 4/23/2013
Links
Author Snoop Lion
Compilation Appearance Reggae Gold 2013
Compilation Appearance Strictly The Best Vol 49
Compilation Appearance Hi Grade Ganja Anthems 4
Compilation Appearance Neon Future Ii
Technical Info
CatalogID 88765484702
Lable Name RCA
Released 04/22/2013
Original Release 2013
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 57m : 29s
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00887654847027
Musical Guests
Angela Hunte
Mavado
Popcaan
Popcann
Drake
Cori B.
Mr. Vegas
Collie Buddz
Akon
IZA
Rita Ora
Miley Cyrus
Jahdan Blakkamoore
Chris Brown
Busta Rhymes
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: Blackbird Studios, Nashville, TN; Eight Daze Studios, Burbank, CA; Geejam Recording Studio, Portland, Jamacia; Realsongs, Hollywood, CA; Tuff Gong Recording Studio, Kingston, Jamacia.
Photographer: Willie Toledo.
After a trip to Jamaica, Snoop Dogg returned as Snoop Lion, a reformed reggae singer/dancehall rapper who had seen the Rastafarian light. Violence was now something to fight against, and while Biblical, vegetarian, and other bits of Ital living can be found on Snoop's first reggae album, Reincarnated, utilizing Diplo as his co-captain seems like an odd choice if you want to go the full Peter Tosh. Here, the kinetic electro producer is co-credited under his Major Lazer moniker, and while Snoop follows Burning Spear (his soft singing voice poetically damning violence and hoping for a better tomorrow throughout the album) and Diplo chases the cutting edge of cool (the choices of dancehall vocalists Mr. Vegas, Collie Buddz, and Popcaan are just as wicked as his getting Dre Skull and 6Blocc behind the boards) this album is blunted by pop, pop-rap, pop-reggae, and pop-politics, all at their most bland. Weed references are repurposed as sweet nothings on "The Good Good," a lazy, lazy lover written by Dianne Warren who comes off as hitmaker-for-hire here, but that isn't the oddest choice, as Miley Cyrus guests on "Ashtrays and Heartbreaks," a sweet but ineffective number trying to adapt the "pour one out" tribute song for Snoop's new no-on-booze, yes-on-weed lifestyle. His charm and sincerity carry these merely good and midtempo numbers on an album that's got plenty of them, and while Reincarnated is no home run, it's no great embarrassment, either, and certainly comes alive during party numbers like "Here Comes the King" (hot-stepping meets dub-stepping with a winding bassline), "Lighters Up" (Snoop meets dancehall greats Mavado and Popcaan over the tastiest of beats), and "Fruit Juice" (it's like Kool Keith doing a tropical smoothie commercial with Mr. Vegas in tow). A little backstory goes a long way when it comes to this one, so fans who have seen the Reincarnated documentary and relate to the rapper's rebirth can go up one letter grade. Otherwise, Reincarnated the album is all heart and heart-in-the-right-place, threatening to mash up the system without ever even harshing the mellow. ~ David Jeffries
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.72) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "REINCARNATED is Snoop's most consistently enjoyable record in years."
Billboard (p.41) - "The set grabs traditional riddims from the core of reggae and laces them with Snoop's smoky singing."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.85) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[This] sees him up his game slightly, his wizened sing-song style suiting the propulsive, if lightweight, sound-beds conjured by Diplo's Major Lazer production team."
Disc 1
1 Rebel Way
2 Here Comes the King
3 Lighters Up
4 So Long
5 Get Away
6 No Guns Allowed
7 Fruit Juice
8 Smoke the Weed
9 Tired of Running
10 Good Good, The
11 Torn Apart
12 Ashtrays and Heartbreaks
13 Boulevard
14 Remedy
15 La La La
16 Harder Times
Product Attributes
Artist Snoop Lion
Music Format Compact Disc

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