Somebody let Snoop Lion out of his cage this week–the artist formally known as Snoop Dogg (TAFKASD?) performed live under his new moniker for the first time last night (not counting TV appearances) as part of Viceland’s SXSW showcase, appropriately titled Lionfest. The newly-Rastafarian rapper sang a great amount of his new Reincarnated material with the backing of Major Lazer (and a ridiculous microphone in hand). He also performed older cuts such as “Gin and Juice” with a reggae-spin. Snoop found it necessary to throw in a cover of House of Pain’s classic “Jump Around.” Video of that song as well as “Young, Wild, and Free” can be seen below.
Timely as ever LargeUp just unveiled another exclusive from Snoop and Diplo’s interview with LargeUp TV. In this webisode, Snoop talks about what fascinated him about reggae growing up, including “Pass The Dutchie” being big in his L.A. hood and why he is drawn to the Rastafarian lifestyle today. Scroll down to watch–Reincarnated will be released on April 15th and the accompanying film is in theaters today.