Rap-Up TV: Snoop Dogg Talks ‘BUSH,’ Pharrell, & Kendrick Lamar

Snoop Dogg has undergone several incarnations throughout his legendary career, but he’s ready to bring the funk with his 13th album BUSH. The hip-hop icon joins forces with executive producer Pharrell Williams on the 10 retro-futuristic tracks, which include appearances from Kendrick Lamar, T.I., Rick Ross, Stevie Wonder, and Gwen Stefani.

“This is a funk experience album, which takes you in and out of the galaxy of funk,” Snoop told Rap-Up TV. “From a perspective of great music, vocals at a high level, great arrangement, production, just a musical experience for the ages. One to enjoy.”

The album was inspired by the ’70s, but with a modern twist. “We were about trying to put a record out that doesn’t sound like nobody right now,” he explained. “We wanted a record that had a groove line, that was similar to an era of great music.”

Snoop has worked with everyone from Katy Perry to Kurupt, but his chemistry with Pharrell is unmatched. “I think we love each other. We love what we do and we respect each other’s mentality,” he said. “There’s certain people that I’ll take the backseat to—Dr. Dre being one of them, Pharrell being another. I’ll accept direction because I know at the end of the day that they really care about me and putting me on a level that I can’t see.”

Snoop can be heard on Kendrick’s album To Pimp a Butterfly, and the Compton MC returns the favor on “I’m Ya Dogg,” which also features Rick Ross. “[It’s] kinda like a love song. That’s what it was supposed to be, but it was lacking a piece and Pharrell reached out to Ross, I reached out to Kendrick, and we just had ’em do some things on there. At the end of the day, we didn’t know if we was gonna use one of ’em, both of ’em, or none of ’em, but it sounded so magical the way they did they thang.”