Snoop Lion: Please cover these songs
I don’t think it’s news anymore that Snoop Lion (neé Dogg) has decided to abandon his life as a rapper and pursue a reggae career instead. His only song under his new name, “La La La,” addresses this transformation in such a heavy-handed way that it’s almost comical—not to mention straight-up disappointing when the beat doesn’t explode so much as trickles off in the end. (I’d argue that this is a failure for Major Lazer, who produced Lion’s debut at around the time of much more successful track “Get Free” (feat. Amber Coffman) , as well—but that’s a different article entirely.)
Still, I haven’t given up hope for good old Snoop’s success in his new career. As far as I’m concerned, he has more talent in one dread than I have in my whole body, so I’ve compiled a short list of Snoop Lion covers/reggae-inspired reimaginings that could be potentially interesting. Check it out after the jump.
“Things Go Better With Coke” – Roy Orbison
As if to prove that nothing could possibly be too weird after the suddenness with which Snoop changed paths, the idea of turning 1963 Coca-Cola jingle into an anthem for suburban pseudo-Rastas everywhere is just bizarre enough to be awesome. Plus, there’s something about this jingle in particular that pretty much begs to be more blatantly associated with drugs.
“Knowing Me, Knowing You” – ABBA
Is it just me or does this album deserve new life? Granted, as a lifelong and unyielding ABBA fan, I’ve been waiting for a reinterpretation “Knowing Me, Knowing You” for a long time that doesn’t include Meryl Streep, and Snoop Lion might be the one to do it. This is a song about divorce, after all—one about saying goodbye to an old friend in a respectful way. Perhaps vehement Snoop Lion opposers could learn a thing or two about embracing the end by giving this song another chance.
“California Gurls (feat. Snoop Dogg)” – Katy Perry
This song carries the suggestion of Snoop covering his former self more subtly than, say, a cover of “What’s My Name” would. Plus, if “La La La” is any indication of the irrelevance of the content of Snoop Lion’s songs, the fact that this particular cover would literally be just a reggae version of an immortal top 40 hit might not be too troublesome. Unless of course you really don’t like Katy Perry, in which case I apologize for the suggestion.
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