Ashtrays and Heartbreaks
Label: Berhane Sound System/VICE/Mad Decent/RCA Records
What would Snoop Dogg, the Crip-walking gangsta, think of Snoop Lion, the Rastafarian convert who sings on "Tired of Running," "This gangsta life ain't no longer in me"? Reincarnated may signal the weirdest evolution in rap history, but this "reggae" adventure means cheery world pop instead of rude boy dancehall, thanks to Miley Cyrus ("Ashtrays & Heartbreaks"), Drake ("No Guns Allowed") and Akon ("Tired of Running"). Producer Major Lazer's typically manic electro style seems muffled, but they get to cut loose on "Here Comes the King," "Torn Apart" and the bonus track "La La La."