Watch Snoop Dogg and Dâm-Funk Talk Collaboration, Stones Throw, and Magic
... A day after we enlisted Snoop Dogg
and Dâm-Funk to highlight their favorite tracks from each other's catalog for the latest Hi-Five feature, a new video interview has surfaced with the two West Coast G-funk experts discussing their upcoming 7 Days of Funk album for Stones Throw (out next week, streaming here), among other topics. Sitting down with BBC Radio jock Benji B in Amsterdam, Snoopzilla and Dâm-Funk give a handful of stoney explanations as to the origins of their project, the record's "California sound," and their working relationship with Stones Throw. Dâm-Funk even takes the latter part of the interview to somewhat ambiguously discuss his time spent overcoming various obstacles and share his belief that there is "still magic in the air." The brief but--ahem--magical interview can be watched in full below. Watch Snoop Dogg
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Snoop brings the funk
... Snoop Dogg
transforms into 'Snoopzilla' for his new funk music LP. The 42-year-old rapper joined forces with producer Dâm-Funk on his upcoming seven-song 7 Days of Funk album. Earlier this year Snoop
released a reggae record under alias 'Snoop Lion' and now he plans to bring the funk with the force of his new persona 'Snoopzilla'. "Me and Dâm, we always wanted to work together, now we''re able to so we said, ''Let''s just go in and do a project where nobody tells us what to rap about or what to sing about or what to make the beats about, but let''s just go from a perspective of what feels good to us right now.'' This is what feels good," Snoop
told MTV News of his latest musical transformation. The musician's early career saw him rap over beats that sampled the music of funk forefathers like George Clinton. Snoop
confirms he and Dâm acknowledged these pioneering musicians in their songs. "We love the funk that was inspired, that created us,' he explained. 'So it''s like paying homage at the same time by bringing some brand-new funk to the table.' Dâm is signed to Stones Throw Records and the musician is considered by many to be the king of modern-funk. The Los Angeles native is thrilled to be working with a Southern Californian legend like Snoop
. "I''ve already been following Snoop''s
career for so long, it just was an honour to be able to connect with him and provide some musical bed for his great vocals and talents," Dâm said. Snoop
's record with Dâm, 7 Days of Funk, will be released December 10. Have Your Say Stay updated with your free Music News daily newsletter. Subscribe here now! Snoop
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Stream Dâm-Funk and Snoop Dogg's collaborative album, 7 Days of Funk
... The West Coast riders team-up for Stones Throw. Dam-Funk provides his eponymous grooves and Snoop Dogg
(in his Snoopzilla guise) provides the vocals on 7 Days of Funk, a collaborative album due out on December 10. Featuring Snoop
affiliates Tha Dogg Pound and Kurupt, along with soul legend Steve Arrington, the album is now streaming via NPR. The streamer and tracklist are below. Snoop
recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of Doggystyle by mixing together each of the album's (often funky) samples. And while working with Dam-Funk is a natural fit, we also looked back at Snoop
's most unexpected collaborations. 1. Hit Da Pavement 2. Let It Go 3. Faden Away 4. 1Question feat. Steve Arrington 5. Ride feat. Kurupt 6. Do My Thang 7. I'll Be There 4U 8. Systematic feat. Tha Dogg Pound (Bonus) Stream Dâm-Funk and Snoop Dogg's
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Snoop Dogg (October 20, 1971 -)
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His real name is Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr. In public life, he was known as Snoop Doggy Dogg or the "Dogg Father," but in later years he shortened it to simply Snoop Dogg.
His mother is the one who nicknamed him Snoop. As a kid, he loved the Peanuts cartoons - especially the character Snoopy. "I watched so much, I started to look like him," says Snoop.
Snoop got his start in rap making tapes along with his cousin Nate Dogg and his good friend Warren G (the trio is known as 213). Warren G, is the step-brother of N.W.A. co-founder Dr. Dre, and he brought the two together. After Snoop worked on the soundtrack to the movie Deep Cover, Dre put him to work on his album The Chronic, which showcased Snoop's laid-back style.
Snoop often found himself at odds with the law as a child. After graduating high school, he spent time in and out of jail. Music became his escape from a criminal lifestyle, but he didn't escape it completely: While recording his album Doggystyle, Snoop was charged with being a murder accomplice in the death of Phillip Woldermarian. Snoop was allegedly in the vehicle when his bodyguard, McKinley Lee, shot and killed Woldermarian for stalking the rapper. Both Snoop and his bodyguard were acquitted on grounds of self-defense.
Snoop's film credits include Bones, Malibu's Most Wanted and Soul Plane. He also performed in the 2003 Will Ferrell movie Old School.
In a 1999 interview with Dimitri Erlich, Snoop said: "I don't regret anything I've ever said or done. Everything is done for a reason - I'm just a child of God doing what He wants me to do. I say what I say, but before I was here it was being said, and when I leave it is going to continue to be said, so don't blame me, don't hate me, hate the game."
He sings the praises (often literally) of marijuana, and in 2002 he was named "Stoner Of The Year" by High Times magazine.
He is married and has 3 children. Their adventures are chronicled on the E! reality show Snoop Dogg's Father Hood. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France, for all above)
Snoop is very popular with white audiences. He attributes this appeal to his elementary school experience; it was a white school that accepted black kids if they had athletic talent.
On July 31, 2012, Snoop introduced a new stage name, Snoop Lion, telling reporters that he was given the moniker by a Rastafarian priest in Jamaica.
He released his first album under his new Snoop Lion moniker, Reincarnated, in 2013. The record saw him depart from hip hop and was his debut in the reggae genre. He explained to UK newspaper The Guardian: "I wanted to make songs about the life I'm living now as a father and as a 41-year-old man, as opposed to always talking about my childhood and my upbringing."
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