Verdict: 1.5 / 5
Snoop Dogg is one of the most acclaimed and successful rappers in the world, and yet somehow, always remained somewhat more relatable and down to earth than the generation of “mogul rappers” like P Diddy, Jay Z, and Kanye West who have consolidated their image into an almost corporate level. Meanwhile, Snoop just sang about what he liked and had a good time, and you could sense that from his music. However, recently Snoop took something very seriously, and converted to Rastafarianism, renaming himself Snoop Lion. His first musical effort with that is now with us. And while we certainly can’t doubt his conviction, he does sadly seem a little bit jumbled up.
Rather than going on a full reggae blast, Reincarnated is an attempt to blend rap and reggae, and has a plethora of guest artists featuring on nearly every track. The problem is that this blend is not as successful as it could be, and while the tracks released as singles and videos have been fine I suppose, the remainder found only on the track are rather substandard. The thing is, Snoop just isn’t that good at reggae, and his raps don’t blend with the rest of the music as he might have wished. It sounds like two different songs each time that got mixed up and played over each other, and the tracks sound messy.
I really believe Snoop is trying his best, but please, for the sake of all us, come back to Rap, it’s what you’re good at Snoop. I don’t know who this album is meant for, Snoop fans won’t like it and reggae fans won’t either. It’s just going to sit in the corner, an unwanted effort best never attempted in the first place.