Snoop Lion blasts Bunny Wailer
Though toting a more conscious, positive vibe as Snoop Lion, the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg is barking back at one of his harshest critics in Reggae legend, Bunny Wailer.
The rap legend turned Reggae crooner ripped Wailer during an interview published Thursday in Rolling Stone Magazine after months of accusations by the former Wailing Wailers member that he had been profiting from Rastafarian culture and misrepresenting the faith. In the interview, Snoop retorted to these accusations, holding nothing back.
”It's like, people take my kindness for weakness,” he told Rolling Stone. “In the 90s, he could have never tried that because I'd have slapped the dog s*** out of his old ass. How dare you? After all I've done for you? How dare you? You wasn't the s*** in the Wailers. You was just one of them: Bob, Peter Tosh, and then you. They dead mean more than you do alive. You get the energy? When it should have been, 'Hey, this brother is putting me back in the light; I could possibly get on the road with him, be on his album, eat again. Let me get in line. This is Snoop Dogg; he's already a star.' It should have been, play along with me as opposed to stick me up. I'm gonna give you what you worth, but you not gonna stick me up.”
His rant continued. “He's the one supposedly putting out the negative energy. I coulda said, "F*** that n***a. B***h-ass n***a." I'm still a gangsta – don't get it f****d up. I'm growing to a man, so as a man, do I wanna revert back to my old ways and f*** this n***a up, or move forward, shine with the light? It's nothing. I've been hit before.”
Snoop, who travelled to Jamaica last year to film his recently-released “Reincarnated” film also responded to allegations that footage shot of Bunny was used in the film without permission, in addition to footage shot at a Nyabinghi temple where he was reportedly blessed with the ‘Lion’ moniker.
“I have no insight what turned him,” he said. “The people I visited at the Nyabinghi Temple aren't speaking negative on me. They're real Rastas. I went in there and filmed them, showed their whole get-down. Nobody did that before. If anyone, they should have complained, ‘He exploited us!’ Why aren't they saying that? To me, they have the most gripe to make. How did I exploit Bunny? I gave you a chance to be in my movie. My movie gonna be the s*** with or without you. I'm gonna be the s*** with or without you. I'm Snoop Dogg. Relevant right now.”
Snoop also accused Bunny of drawing attention to himself to get back in the spotlight and insisted that some of his biggest supporters in this public war of words have been the Marley family.
“To me, it's a test, to see if I'm really made for this,” he said. “Who else would it come from to make this amount of noise? But guess who stood up in my defense? Rohan, Rita, Stephen, Damian Marley. Rohan went public. He called him Phony Wailer, or whatever he called him. I can't call him that; I don't know him like that. But they do. They know what he after and they love me. If Bob's kids and his wife welcome they arms and say, "You one of the Marleys," then who is Bunny Wailer to say anything?”
Snoop Lion’s Reincarnated movie and album are out now. Since the movie’s premiere March 15tth, he has released a video for the single, No Guns Allowed (feat. Drake and Cori B) and dropped his collaborative effort with Miley Cyrus, entitled Ashtrays and Heartbreak last week.