Next week will mark the release of 7 Days of Funk, the debut album of Snoop Dogg and Dâm-Funk's collaborative project of the same name. Today, Spotify has begun streaming the album in its funky entirety.
Since the project was announced, Snoop and Dâm-Funk have made no secret of 7 Days of Funk's influences, not only citing Parliament/Funkadelic in interviews and press releases, but also name-dropping Mothership Connection in album track "Ride" and paying tribute to Bootsy Collins in the form of Snoop's second new moniker of the year (Snoopzilla). George Clinton's music has always been the primary source of inspiration for the G-Funk scene out of which Snoop arose 20+ years ago, but never before has his influence pervaded an album by an L.A. rapper quite this much. The rapping itself is sparse, and Dâm-Funk's seasoned chops as a funk musician aid in creating atmospheres far more lush and spacey than, say, anything on Doggystyle or The Chronic.
Snoop's gangster past isn't totally silenced though, as old Dogg Pound cohorts Kurupt and Daz Dillinger show up for a few tracks, and album opener "Hit Da Pavement" expresses nearly the same violent message as "Vato," one of his most unforgiving tracks, did in 2006. Whereas his recent album released under the name "Snoop Lion" sought to distance him from his gang-affiliated past in favor of a more peaceful aesthetic (hence its title, Reincarnation) 7 Days of Funk finds the Doggfather imagining growing up in his hometown 20 years prior. A good deal of the subject matter matches that of Snoop's earlier work, but the sound and style are retro as hell.
Stream the full thing above, check out the tracklist below, and watch 7 Days of Funk recent performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! right here on Zumic. Preorder 7 Days of Funk on Stone's Throw Records official website.