At the beginning of August, reggae firebrand – Sizzla Kalonji, released a track titled “Burn Out Smithsonians,” in which he called out West Coast rapper – Snoop Dogg, for coming to Jamaica and taking advantage of the Rastafarian community for financial gain.
In the “Burn Out Smithsonians” Sizzla sang:
”All you do is go around and record the sacred services in the holy temple of His Majesty and try to sell it. Nothing is right bwoy nothing is cool who di … Snoop Dogg a try fool, tell him sey a Emperor Haile Selassie I rule, him cyah even get Selassie I stool.”
“You don’t have no conscience yu wicked people, yu come fi sell out Rasta people waah come record and video tape den run wey wid the copyright, and think yu escape dem, everybody want a piece a mi culture dem a raid it like vulture,” sing Sizzla.
Now in a recent interview Sizzla has back tracked on his lyrics and is now singing high praises for the Snoop Dogg turned Snoop Lion.
“To have a great icon like Snoop to come and make mention of Rastafari and embrace the culture we really like that,” Sizzla Kalonji said. “We need a lot more of these people with fame and popularity as you would say, to come and take up Rastafari work and lead it… So when we have people like Snoop Dogg and a lot more, not just Snoop, but a lot more out there.”
Listen to the interview below:
What do you think of Sizzla’s change of heart towards Snoop? Do you think it’s genuine or not?