Snoop Doggy Dogg Lion and Six Other Musicians' Midcareer Name-Changes

Snoop Doggy Dogg. Or Snoop Dogg. Or Snoop Lion. Or whatever.
Snoop Doggy Dogg. Or Snoop Dogg. Or Snoop Lion. Or whatever.

If it ain't broken, don't fix it. Unless you're a millionaire musician with a megasuccessful career. And then fuck it, change your name completely.

We're pretty sure that's how the old adage goes, and that's what you'd be led to believe by Crossfade's little list of moniker madness.

When an artist suddenly changes their name, they'd have you believe it's for artistic reasons. But mostly, it's just a symptom of inner turmoil and identity crisis. Plus, a midcareer name-change almost never bodes well for that next album.

For the sake of Snoop Doggy Dogg Lion, what were these seven name-changing musicians thinking?

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Snoop Doggy Dogg - Snoop Lion

"I've always thought I was Bob Marley reincarnated" was the first sign Snoop Dogg had gone over the deep-end. The rapper went on vacation to Jamaica and came out a spiritually-transformed marijuana guru. He's a much bigger animal now. A Snoop Lion, in fact. And he's switching his focus to reggae. We're not really sure it's going to work, but the new song with Major Lazer is alright.

Lily Allen - Lily Rose Cooper

The none-too-innocent British songstress is back in the studio, but you won't hear any more Lily Allen records. That's because she recently got married. And against all reason, she's changing her stage name to reflect her legally wed status. We hope she's really in love, because a name-change after a three-year hiatus doesn't sound like a recipe for success.

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