21 December, 2013@11:51 am
With the release of Reincarnated, we saw Snoop Dogg transform into the rastafarian Snoop Lion, and now with his 7 Days Of Funk project, he takes a turn as “Snoopzilla”. Obviously influenced by the Parliament / Funkadelic records that shaped the sound of West Coast G-Funk in the 90′s, 7 Days Of Funk teams him with Stones Throw producer Dam-Funk, whom produces this kind of music on the regular. In a sense, Snoop has come full circle, as he is making the kind of music he might have sampled from a young G’s perspective.
Aside from the original creators themselves, there is no producer better suited for this project than Dam-Funk, and no vocalist better for it than Snoop. Snoop’s been emulating the styles of George Clinton and Bootsy Collins for years, so the 7 Days Of Funk EP is not nearly much of a stretch as say, travelling to Jamaica and cutting a reggae record.
He comfortably slips into character on the opening track, “N***az Hit D Pavement”, an infectious old school low-rider anthem that finds him right in his zone. The same can be said for the track that follows, “Let It Go”, a G’d up cover the Patrice Rushen classic. Make no mistake, this is a full-on funk record, with songs like “1Question?” and “Faden Away” that abandon the traditional sixteen-verse-then-hook rap song structure. “I’ll Be There 4U” also knocks, as Dam shows his expertise in this lane of production.
While 7 Days Of Funk is a refreshing retrospective for one of the foundations of hip-hop music, its not a game changer. Snoop and Dam do an admirable job of recreating a classic, lost sound, but truthfully no new ground is broken here. 7 Days Of Funk fills a niche and may only strike a chord with a select few, but we can’t be mad at Snoop for respecting his origins. He’s done an admirable job doing so.
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