In a recent article it was revealed that former band member of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Bunny Wailer, publically criticized Snoop Dogg’s 2012 conversion to the Rastafari Movement. Wailer said that he believed that Snoop was using the Rasta culture for commercial gain and that alone went against the very tenets of the movement.
In a recent interview with TMZ, Rohan Marley, the son of the legendary performer and Rastafarian Bob Marley, said that he supports Snoops Reincarnation and embraces him into the movement. He also said that he believes that his father would have embraced Snoop in the ways of the Rasta movement instead of publically airing him out.
“Our father’s name should not even be mentioned in this issue because like a true Rasta, he would have embraced Snoop’s reincarnation and welcomed the positivity,” Rohan said. “Why condemn a man for his love of Rastafari and Bob Marley? We have been cool with Snoop before his transformation and he will continue to have our blessings and support.”
In July of last year, Snoop announced that he had officially changed his name from Snoop Dogg to Snoop Lion, and that he had embraced the Rastafarian culture. It was this move in addition to the documentary “Reincarnation” that publically documented snoops conversion that drew the ire of Wailer and many others from Rastafarian Movement.
At this point, it is not certain whether or not Rohan’s support of Snoop will calm the winds of criticism that range against the rapper, but at least he has some support from within the culture.