Hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg is planning another musical reinvention with a new gospel album.
The Gin and Juice hitmaker famously changed his name to the Rastafarian-inspired Snoop Lion as he launched his 2013 reggae album Reincarnated, only to ditch the moniker months later.
Now Snoop, 45, is moving in a new music direction for his 17th studio album, the follow-up to his latest release Neva Left, which has been on his mind for some time.
“It’s always been on my heart,” he explained in an interview on Beats 1 Radio’s The Pharmacy. “I just never got around to it because I always be doing gangsta business and doing this and doing that (sic). But I just feel like it’s been on my heart too long. I need to do it now.”
And Snoop already has a number of top collaborators lining up to help him with his gospel project: “Me, Faith Evans, we talked about it heavily, because she feels like she wants to get down with me,” he shared. “All the people I know from Charlie Wilson to Jeffery Osborne, whoever I want to get down with. We gone make it right (sic).”
In addition to Snoop’s reggae period, he also embraced funk music under the name Snoopzilla for a collaboration with singer Dam-Funk in 2013.