Responding to Bunny Wailer‘s claims to TMZ that his religious conversion to Rastafarianism is nothing more than gimmicky opportunism and cultural appropriation at play, Snoop Lion elaborated on his fallout with the reggae legend to Rolling Stone magazine:
In the film, you and Bunny Wailer seem to get along well. Why has there been this dispute? I couldn’t tell you. To me, it’s a miscommunication, and I’m not gonna speak nothing negative because I love him too much. Any relationship, you gotta be able to disagree. The last time I seen him, it was all love, but when I heard the negative remarks, I paid no attention. If I’m gonna be Rasta incorporated, loving energy is the only way I can match his negative energy.
Would it be meaningful for you to have a conversation directly with him? I mean, it would be meaningful for him to talk to me. He’s the one supposedly putting out the negative energy. I coulda said, “Fuck that nigga. Bitch-ass nigga.” I’m still a gangsta – don’t get it fucked up. I’m growing to a man, so as a man, do I wanna revert back to my old ways and fuck this nigga up, or move forward, shine with the light? It’s nothing. I’ve been hit before.
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By negative energy, do you mean his public statements or something else? He’s speaking and the album isn’t out. That gave me fair warning to get this motherfucker off my shit. I have no insight what turned him. 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 shit with or without you. I’m gonna be the shit with or without you. I’m Snoop Dogg. Relevant right now.
It’s like, people take my kindness for weakness. In the Nineties, he could have never tried that because I’d have slapped the dog shit out of his old ass. How dare you? After all I’ve done for you? How dare you? You wasn’t the shit in the Wailers. You was just one of them: Bob, Peter Tosh, 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.
Read the full Q&A over at Rolling Stone.
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