How could a film starring Snoop Dogg -- one of the most fascinating characters in popular music -- be anything less than interesting? I mean, did you not see "Mac and Devin Go to High School?"
Snoop fans definitely will want to catch the documentary "Reincarnated," which opens Friday at Opera Plaza Cinemas in San Francisco. Even the uninitiated -- those who don't worship "Tha Doggfather" -- will enjoy getting the chance to know Snoop Dogg.
Oops, I mean Snoop Lion.
The 96-minute film follows the man born Calvin Broadus Jr. during his pilgrimage to Jamaica, where he explores Rastafari culture, visits the legendary Trench Town and records the reggae record "Reincarnated." Along the way, he meets Bunny Wailer,
"I'm the point in my career, Bunny, where I have to say something. That's what this 'Reincarnated' thing is about," Snoop explains to Wailer, then adds: "I'd love to smoke with you."
Yes, there's no shortage of blunts burned in this film. What else would you expect when you drop Snoop into the reggae world?
The best moments of the film, however, come courtesy of the archival footage from, and the reminiscing about, Snoop's early days in the rap game. It was a treat to hear Snoop talk about 2Pac, Dr. Dre and his other talented cohorts, who combined to make some of the best hip-hop of all time.
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