Snoop Dogg Reveals BUSH Tracklist, Talks Recording with Pharrell

Snoop Dogg Reveals BUSH Tracklist, Talks Recording with Pharrell

The Doggfather speaks to BET.com about making "friendly" music, and why he doesn't curse on his new album.

Published April 29, 2015

Snoop Dogg released the official tracklist for BUSH today, his forthcoming collaborative album with Pharrell out May 12. Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Gwen Stefani, T.I., and Charlie Wilson are featured among the album's 10 tracks.  

Pharrell handled melodies and production, and Snoop took care of his lyrics. The hodgepodge makes for a smooth run of “cookout music” eliciting the same chemistry of older Snoop and P collaborations, “Beautiful” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.”

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“When we initially went in, his [Pharrell’s] record was out but it was like to me, his record didn’t satisfy all of his taste buds,” Snoop tells BET.com. “He was missing something and I was the last ingredient that he was missing. I felt like I came right on time.”

Just as he swerves around funk-inspired futuristic instrumentals that would make Roger Troutman proud, Snoop doesn’t veer completely away from the rap element. Tip delivers a delectable verse on “Edibles,” along with  Rozay, and K Dot for the last track, “I’m Ya' Dogg.” There’s also virtually no cursing on the record. “It was the standard,” explains the Long Beach, Calif., native. “If I sent the record to you and you hear me not cursing, how could you curse?”

Over the last 20 some odd years, the Doggfather has grown accustomed to evolving right along with the rap game, but that doesn’t mean he wants to sound like everybody else. Even if that Migos-like flow is the rap norm right now, don't expect to find it here. “Ain’t none of that on my record. No disrespect to that rap style, but everybody’s doing it.”

On BUSH, he takes cues from childhood funk music heroes like Bootsy Collins, George Clinton and James Brown to give it a certain kick. “I want ya’ll too feel good, as simple as that is. The music I listened to that made me feel good, it’s some sort of attitude that comes with it that’s not always friendly," he says, but BUSH is different. “This s**t is friendly!"

“When my s**t come out they always show me the babies on Instagram or Facebook… with kids [signing my music] it’s the cutest s**t in the world to see the kids trip off the music because when I was a kid, I remember when certain artists’ music hit my ears, it never left my soul.”

Snoop wants BUSH to do for old and new fans what music did for him as a child. “I’m hitting the kids, it’s gonna touch their souls, and they’re gonna love Snoop Dogg forever. Whether it’s the records they hear now, or when they get older. Or just my movement in general, me as a father, me as a coach, me as a man…they’ll be able to see the dynamics of who this is through the vessel of the music.”   

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Written by Latifah Muhammad

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