Twenty years ago, when people like Tipper Gore actually led congressional hearings about the dangers of gangsta rap, Snoop Dogg was a popular target for those deriding the amoral culture of violence he seemingly glorified.
Skip ahead to 2013: Snoop has dropped "Dogg" for "Lion" and is swapping tales of the substance-fueled thug life for reggae tunes about peace à la Bob Marley on his upcoming record Reincarnated.
Snoop's transformation from dog-eat-dog hedonist to "love thy neighbor" peacenik is nearly complete. Not only is his latest single entitled "No Guns Allowed," but it features his 8-year-old daughter Cori B harmonizing with him on the pleading chorus. And in another surprise move, Snoop samples "Nantes" from world music-oriented indie outfit Beirut on this mellow jam.
The only hint of hip hop comes from Drake, who swings by to deliver a guest verse. Listen to it above and tell us what you think about Snoop's transformation: Does he pack a reggae roar or does the Snoop Lion sleep tonight?