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Listen: Snoop’s new funk album is here and it’s his best work in years

First he converted to Rastafarianism and released an (admittedly pretty rubbish) reggae album, and now the rap game’s stoned, eccentric uncle Snoop has rebranded once again, this time as Snoopzilla. The man known to his mum as Calvin Broadus has teamed up with funk master Dam-Funk to form duo 7 Days of Funk, and praise to Jah, he’s started rapping again.

They’ve just dropped their new self-titled eight-track album, inspired by the classic 70s funk of Parliament and 90s G-funk, and it’s available to stream exclusively on Rdio until Tuesday December 24 (along with a special bonus track Wingz). “Me and my man Dam-Funk grew up on Kool & The Gang, Parliament Funkadelic and The Gap Band,” Snoop says, “and we wanted to recreate the funk with modern vibes for 7 Days of Funk.” To that end, they’ve brought in guests like Bootsy Collins and the seriously underrated OG Kurupt, and the end result is the best work Snoop’s released in years.

Listen to the album below – and watch the video from back in October of Snoop and Dam Funk blazing up and riffing about how the album came about on Snoop’s YouTube station GGN (special bonus: Snoop’s twerking weather girl). Snoop will be in the country this January for the Big Day Out tour as Snoop Lion – fingers crossed he brings Dam-Funk with him for some 7 Days of Funk cameos.