Friends in high places! Snoop Dogg recruited some legendary performers for his upcoming 2015 album, entitled Bush.
The California rapper, 43, is returning to his stage name of Snoop Dogg after a brief stint as Snoop Lion, as is celebrating the reprise with a staggering array of A-list guest stars. The "Gin and Juice" performer released the tracklisting for his Bush album on Thursday, April 30, and it includes six coveted collaborators.
Snoop will open his 13th studio album alongside none other than Stevie Wonder. The two worked together on the first track "California Roll," which got added star-power from the album's producer, Pharrell Williams. The rapper recruited another veteran performer, crooner Charlie Wilson, for a mid-album track "Peaches N Cream."
The father of three with wife Shante Broadus continued his unexpected collaborations with "Run Away," a single with rock-pop idol Gwen Stefani. He stuck to his hip-hop roots for his final three guest features, working with T.I. on a song called "Edibles," and teaming up with Kendrick Lamar and Rick Ross for the closing track "I'm Ya Dogg."
Due out on May 12, Bush will be Snoop's first studio album of new music since the release of 2013's Reincarnated. The musician took a Rastafarian vibe with the project under the moniker of Snoop Lion, but fans did not particularly warm to the change of pace. Reincarnation was rapper's least successful album to date in sales, falling far behind the chart-topping numbers of 1993's Doggystyle, 1996's Tha Doggfather, 2000's Tha Last Meal, and 2004's R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece, among other offerings.
"Snoop Lion was necessary – there was a reason for that," Snoop Dogg said in an interview with The Guardian this week. "It was trying times in the world. I wanted to speak to something different, a more positive side of me. I wanted to stand up to the gun violence and I wanted to do things that represented the spirit of Rastafari, and that’s what Snoop Lion was about. Taking a different approach to my life and my music."
"But Snoop Dogg was always there, you know," he added. "He just wasn’t able to expose himself through that music in that name, because Snoop Dogg is more about what we’re on right now. Party, having a good time, feeling good… enjoying life."
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