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West Hollywood, California, 5 March 2013

1. SOUNDBITE (English) Snoop Dogg/Recording artist, on religion: "Any urban community where I come from, church and religion is thrust upon you -- to know the right and the wrong and what God is and who God is -- whether it's through Baptist, Muslim, Christian, whatever it is, it was always pushed on us to be a part of church as a kid. As a kid, I was pushed into the Baptist church, taught that way. As an adult, I was able to seek out information on my own to find out that the Muslim religion, Rastafari, Baptist, Christian -- that they all the same. They all God-fearing people and love is love. So as I became, more intertwined with being who I am, it's more based on life and a way of life and liberty as opposed to religion. Because religion is so false because it's so past-tense and it's so written by someone who is not here. I feel like religion should be based on the way you live and the way you treat yourself and treat others. And that way you'll be judged in a different manner as opposed to the way a book or hypothetically you're supposed to do."

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Snoop Dogg/Recording artist, on Rastafarianism: "Rastafari is so connected to who I am that I feel like I'm a part of it. Because it is me. It is what I am. And through the spirit of it you want to learn more about it because I don't know. I'm only -- I'm beginning. I don't know anything. I'm just learning. So it's all brand new to me. But it makes me feel good and I love the way it makes other people feel when I'm representing it."

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Snoop Dogg/Recording artist, on Rastafarianism: "I feel like anything that deals with me is growth. I believe it's growth. It's a part of my growth. So it's not exploring or a phase. It's growth and it's all necessary to who I am. When you go through life, you're supposed to pick up things in life that makes you a better person and gets you your testimony and gets you your wisdom where you can pass on to those who are up under you when you get to that old wise age that we try to get to."

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4. Trailer excerpt: "Reincarnated"

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5. Music video excerpt: "Here Comes The King," Snoop Lion

SNOOP TALKS RELIGION AND RASTAFARI

Snoop Dogg is now backing the Rastafari movement, but says he's had a complicated relationship with religion for musch of his life.

"Any urban community where I come from, church and religion is thrust upon you -- to know the right and the wrong and what God is and who God is -- whether it's through Baptist, Muslim, Christian, whatever it is, it was always pushed on us to be a part of church as a kid. As a kid, I was pushed into the Baptist church, taught that way," Snoop said.

"As an adult, I was able to seek out information on my own to find out that the Muslim religion, Rastafari, Baptist, Christian -- that they all the same. They all God-fearing people and love is love. So as I became, more intertwined with being who I am, it's more based on life and a way of life and liberty as opposed to religion. Because religion is so false because it's so past-tense and it's so written by someone who is not here. I feel like religion should be based on the way you live and the way you treat yourself and treat others. And that way you'll be judged in a different manner as opposed to the way a book or hypothetically you're supposed to do."

So now Snoop is promoting the Rasta ideology, which isn't a religion exactly. But in addition to the spiritual use of marijuana, its adherents do worship Haile Selassie, the final emperor of Ethiopia. The movement focused in Jamaica was spread worldwide by reggae icons Bob Marley and Peter Tosh.

"Rastafari is so connected to who I am that I feel like I'm a part of it. Because it is me," Snoop said. "It is what I am. And through the spirit of it you want to learn more about it because I don't know. I'm only -- I'm beginning. I don't know anything. I'm just learning. So it's all brand new to me. But it makes me feel good and I love the way it makes other people feel when I'm representing it."

So did Snoop "convert" to become a Rasta? Not exactly, he says.

"I feel like anything that deals with me is growth. I believe it's growth. It's a part of my growth. So it's not exploring or a phase. It's growth and it's all necessary to who I am," he said. "When you go through life, you're supposed to pick up things in life that makes you a better person and gets you your testimony and gets you your wisdom where you can pass on to those who are up under you when you get to that old wise age that we try to get to."

Snoop -- recording under the name Snoop Lion -- is currently promoting "Reincarnated," his reggae-focused album and accompanying documentary.

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