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Snoop Dogg Gets A New Name

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

If you're a musician, your brand is your name. And sometimes musicians feel the need to change their names, as when Prince became that symbol thing.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Now the rapper born Calvin Broadus, long known as Snoop Dogg, is Snoop Lion. He told reporters this week, he was rechristened Snoop Lion by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica.

INSKEEP: That is also where he happened to record a new reggae-inspired album that will be released soon. So Snoop Lion it is, which doesn't quite have the same ring as D-O double G.

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: Still? Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.