The moniker "Snoop Lion" survived a little more than a year before Snoop traded a reggae feline end to his name for a reptilian one. Introducing, Snoopzilla. According to a press release the name is reported to be a tribute to Bootsy Collins who called himself Bootzilla.
The transformation comes thanks to a collaborative effort with Dâm-Funk called 7 Days of Funk. The duo will release their self-titled album on Dec. 10 via Stones Throw Records.
"We're the babies of the Mothership," Snoop said in a statement. "I've had funk influences in my music my whole career. Dâm-Funk is cold. He's keeping the funk alive and I knew I had to get down with him."
The collaboration began after Snoop invited Dâm to perform with him at SXSW in 2011.
"Snoop knew what I was thinking without me having to articulate it. That's how you know when you gel artistically with someone," Dam-Funk said in the statement. "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."
The duo explain the project in a video clip. Watch here:
The single "Fade Away" is available now. Check it out here, and let us know what you think in the comments section below!