News: Snoop Gets Live, Unleashes His 'Zilla To The Masses

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 5:28PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

West Coast rapper Snoop Dogg is showing his transformation into "Snoopzilla" is no joke and proved his rap alias is legit after appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" this week.

During his appearance, Snoopzilla teamed with music sidekick Dam-Funk to perform their new "Do My Thang."

Snoop Dogg brought his latest reincarnation Snoopzilla to life on Monday night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The hip-hop superstar, who celebrated his 42nd birthday over the weekend, teamed up with Dam-Funk to debut their new group 7 Days of Funk. With some help from a live band and Bishop Don Juan, they performed their first single "Faden Away" and another new song called "Do My Thang." Snoopzilla, whose name was inspired by Bootsy Collins's moniker Bootzilla, also sat down to discuss how many blunts he smokes per day ("It's probably about 75 now"), his cooking specialties (Chef Boyar-D-O-Double-G), and his no guns allowed stance. (Rap-Up)

Buzz behind Snoop changing up his hip-hop alias to "Snoopzilla" surfaced last week.

First he was Snoop Dogg, then he was reincarnated as Snoop Lion and now he's rechristened himself Snoopzilla for 7 Days of Funk, a new collaborative project with groove singer Dam-Funk. The duo released the album's first official single, "Faden Away," today on iTunes and are set to release an album, also titled 7 Days of Funk, on December 10th on Stones Throw Records. "We're the babies of the Mothership," Snoopzilla said in a statement. "I've had funk influences in my music my whole career. Dam-Funk is cold. He's keeping the funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him." (Rolling Stone)

Snoop's newest music sidekick, Dam-Funk, recently discussed their upcoming project.

Snoop and Dam-Funk first paired in 2011, when the rapper-singer invited the funk vocalist onstage for a performance at SXSW. 7 Days of Funk will feature cameos from Snoop's Tha Dogg Pound cohorts Daz and Kurupt and drummer-singer Steve Arrington, a recent Dam-Funk collaborator. "Snoop knew what I was thinking without me having to articulate it," Dam-Funk added in the same statement. "That's how you know when you gel artistically with someone. These beats were made for him and he laid down some of the smoothest harmonies and melodies I've ever heard. It's hip-hop, but you can also hear what we grew up on, from Zapp to Evelyn 'Champagne' King and Patrice Rushen." (Rolling Stone)

Last year, the West Coast rap vet revealed Dr. Dre's initial reaction to his "Snoop Lion" alias.

"He would see me come to rehearsals with all of my Rastafari, my gear, my hair, my look. He was just peeping me out, and I let him know I was doing a reggae project and working on the album and whatnot, but he didn't really understand it until 'La La La' came out," Snoop told MTV News. "La La La," the first single from Reincarnated, which Snoop released July 20, marked a new chapter in his musical career, though he has always infused reggae lingo in tracks like the 1992 Dr. Dre track "The Day the N---az Took Over" and his 1993 album cut "Pump Pump." (MTV)

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