Reincarnated (2012)

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Reincarnated (2012)

Hip Hop legend Snoop Dogg teamed up with VICE on a spiritual journey to Jamaica to reflect on his past career, including his failures, loves, regrets and losses. With this journey, Snoop intends to reincarnate himself as a Pop Reggae artist by immersing himself in Rastafari, exploring musical and religious histories deeply rooted in Jamaica. His pilgrimage begins with a jaunt to a mountain-side ganja farm run by Rastas, revealing the underbelly of the Jamaican drug market. Snoop then heads down to the troubled areas of Trenchtown and Tivoli Gardens; revealing a neglected ghetto population and rampant police brutality following the exile of drug lord Chris "Coke" Dudus. Snoop also stops by the famous Alpha Boys School for an impromptu jam session. A school which has seen countless Reggae musicians pass through its youth orchestra. Snoop allows unprecedented access to his inner-workings as he makes his new album with Diplo and Angela Hunte, author of the smash hit song Empire State Of Mind. He candidly speaks about the death of his best friend, Nate Dogg and the influence this has had on the tone of his new album; moving away from the superficial and towards a lyrical manifestation of peace, love, and hardships. Snoop also discusses his newly mended relationship with his wife and college sweetheart Shante. His journey culminates in a visit to Bob Marley's Rasta temple, inhabited by the Nyabinghi Rastas. Snoop is reincarnated with the the same name Nyabinghi bestowed upon Bob Marley; forever solidifying Snoops embodiment of the legionary Jamaican artist and his connection to the Rastafarian community. He leaves behind his days as a Gangsta Rapper and reemerges as an avatar for peace. This is not a Cheech & Chong movie in Jamaica; it's an intimate, expositional portrayal of the life and times of a conflicted artist striving for light and mental emancipation in a world of darkness.
USA
IMDb   6.2 /10
Metacritic   42 %
TheMovieDb    6.1 /10
RottenTomatoes
TV.com
FilmAffinity   5.9 /10
Creators
Director Andy Capper
Information
Release Date2013-03-21
Runtime1h 36min
GenreDocumentary, Music
Content RatingR (R)
AwardsAwards1 nomination
CompanySnoopadelic Films Inc., Vice Studios
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Selfas Self
Selfas Self
Selfas Self
Theocracy Reign Ivine Order of the Nyahbinghi
Theocracy Reign Ivine Order of the Nyahbinghi
Daz Dillinger
Daz Dillinger
Selfas Self
Angela Hunte
Angela Hunte
Selfas Self
Dre Skull
Dre Skull
Selfas Self
Jahdan Blakkamoore
Jahdan Blakkamoore
Selfas Self
Andrew aka Moon Bain
Andrew aka Moon Bain
Selfas Self
Bunny Wailer
Bunny Wailer
Selfas Self
Dave Dale and The Blue Mountain Coffee House Boys
Dave Dale and The Blue Mountain Coffee House Boys
Sister Shirley Chung and Winston Martin
Sister Shirley Chung and Winston Martin
The Alpha Boys
The Alpha Boys
Scaby Dread and the Dudus Family
Scaby Dread and the Dudus Family
Cutty Corn
Cutty Corn
Selfas Self
Louis Farrakhan
Louis Farrakhan
Selfas Self

Reincarnated (film)

Reincarnated is a documentary film about the musician Snoop Dogg's explorations of reggae and Rastafari culture, and his transformation into Snoop Lion. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2012, and was released to theaters March 21, 2013. It is a companion film to his 12th studio album, Reincarnated. The film was shot by Andy Capper of Vice Magazine.


Background

From the start, Snoop was known for his gangsta raps, G-funk beats, and reckless lifestyle. His popularity started back when he was a member of Death Row Records, where he released his debut album Doggystyle. The album sold more copies than any debut album ever had, making “Snoop Doggy Dogg” a well-known name. Though he was famous for being “gangsta,” Snoop had shown that he wanted peace as well; especially after he just missed a conviction for murder in 1996 which helped him further himself even more from all the conflict happening in the industry around that time. More recently, his peaceful and nonviolent state of mind became more evident, as he decided to begin participating the Rastafari faith, give himself a new name, and take on a new style of music.


Plot

As most of those who follow the Rastafari faith do, Snoop decided to go through a transformation into his new self; his new, Rastafari self. Reincarnated documents Snoop Dogg's transition into Snoop Lion, which involved him taking a trip to Jamaica to make a reggae album and discover more about the Rastafari faith. The documentary starts out by exploring Snoop's past; his time on Death Row Records, the loss of his friends Tupac and Nate Dogg, and the murder accusation. The focus then shifts to his spiritual journey and new style of music. While in Jamaica, Snoop collaborated with a few famous reggae artists, including Bunny Wailer and Diplo, to create the Reincarnated album, which focuses on love and nonviolence. Wailer was Snoop's guide throughout the trip, leading him through his journey into Rastafari. The film includes many intimate moments with Snoop, where he discusses his personal thoughts and reasons for becoming Rasta. The documentary also includes the heavy marijuana smoking in which Snoop participated, which is a common practice among Rastafari, and a common stereotype of how they practice their faith as well.


Production

The film was directed and produced by Andy Capper of Vice Magazine. Capper followed Snoop to Jamaica to record the transformation, and gathered intimate interview footage with him as well. Roughly 200 hours of footage was shot, which was then edited in a two-month span. The documentary was aired at SXSW and The Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.


Cast

  • Dr. Dre
  • Daz Dillinger
  • Angela Hunte
  • Ariel Rechtshaid
  • Dre Skull
  • Jahdan Blakkamoore
  • Andrew aka Moon Bain
  • Bunny Wailer
  • Damian Marley
  • Dave Dale and The Blue Mountain Coffee House Boys
  • Sister Shirley Chung and Winston Martin
  • The Alpha Boys
  • Scaby Dread and the Dudus Family
  • Cutty Corn
  • Louis Farrakhan
  • Shante Broadus
  • Cori B.
  • Maxine Stowe
  • Stewart Copeland
  • Diplo
  • Snoop Dogg


Reception

In a review from The New York Times, writer Andy Webster states, “enlightenment isn’t as evident here as much as a woozy weariness, perhaps a long-term byproduct of being very, very stoned,” regarding the authenticity of Snoop's journey throughout the film. In a review from the Los Angeles Times, writer Mikael Wood explains that the documentary does not teach viewers anything new about Snoop, and that it seems like “just another component in the new album's marketing plan. In two other reviews by Shaka Griffith and Rich Cline, there was mention of lack of authenticity as well; neither could say if the transformation should really be taken seriously. After the film was released, Bunny Wailer made a statement where he indicted Snoop of “outright fraudulent use” of the Rastafari faith.