Snoop to unleash new persona in 'boogie-funk' collaboration with Dâm-Funk, more in homage to Bootsy Collins than Godzilla
Both the duo's team-up and their album will be called 7 Days of Funk. "I've had funk influences in my music my whole career," Snoopzilla said in a press release. "Dâm-Funk is cold. He's keeping the funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him."
Snoop is no stranger to collaborations – he recently released a track with Miley Cyrus, and has recorded with a host of artists around the world. He has even brought his sons into the recording fold as the Broadus Boyz.
Although Snoop has described himself before as "Godzilla flying on a pegasaurus", his new moniker has nothing to do with a skyscraper-sized Japanese lizard. Instead, the name Snoopzilla is a nod to the legendaryfunk bassist Bootsy Collins, who has recorded under the nickname Bootzilla.
Described as a "boogie-funk" act, Dâm-Funk is the one-man project of Los Angeles's Damon Riddick, who has released a handful of albums and singles with the storied indie hip-hop label Stones Throw Records. 7 Days Of Funk, like Dâm-Funk's earliest records, was recorded in his bedroom; there, he recalled, Snoop "laid down some of the smoothest harmonies and melodies I've ever heard".
"Snoop knew what I was thinking without me having to articulate it," Dâm-Funk said. "That's how you know when you gel artistically with someone... It's hip-hop, but you can also hear what we grew up on, from Zapp to Evelyn 'Champagne' King and Patrice Rushen."
7 Days of Funk features guest appearances by funk veteran Steve Arrington and Tha Dogg Pound MCs Kurupt and Daz Dillinger. The airy, squelchy lead single, Faden Away, is out now; the rest of the album drops on 10 December.
At least this sounds better than his crappy reggae gimmick.