Just Blaze Is Working Extensively on Snoop Dogg’s Next Album
One of the highlights of Beyonce's Lemonade album was seeing Just Blaze in the credits for his role on "Freedom" and it appears the production wasn't a one-off as Blaze is getting back in the studio to work extensively with Snoop Dogg.
In April, an Instagram clip of Snoop, Just Blaze and Nipsey Hussle in the studio jamming to a beat from the New Jersey producer surfaced and he later tweeted, "New album alert...Right place right time, next thing, I got @Nipsey Hussle and @SnooopDogg in the booth trading bars. Got me engineering and recording vocals like its 2001 again.”
The "Streets Is Talking" producer spoke with Billboard and confirmed that he is working "extensively" on Tha Doggfather's next album.
"For me personally, I love all the experimental things that he's done the past few years, like the Bush album [with Pharrell in 2015], the album with Wiz Khalifa [2011's Mac & Devin Go to High School soundtrack], the Snoop Lion stuff [2013's Reincarnated]," Blaze says.
"But my personal favorite albums from Snoop, besides Doggystyle, obviously, are albums like [2002's] Paid Da Cost to Be Da Boss, Rhythm & Gangsta [from 2004], where he kind of goes back to that Snoop personality that we all first fell in love with. And I was very excited to find out that that’s the direction he’s taking with this album. And just coincidentally, some of the stuff that I’ve been working on lately just kind of felt like an updated version of that old Death Row sound, kind of an updated G-Funk. I just started working on these tracks and they had a lot of those similar elements, just felt like newer versions of that feeling."
The uber talented beatsmith also touched on the working relationship he has with Snoop.
"With me, I just like to be involved in a project whether it directly benefits me or not," he says. "So if somebody has a great song and I have ideas and I feel like I can make the song better, I’m going to offer those ideas. But I think that’s kind of all been part of me and [Snoop] having a better working relationship. The final scope and definition of the project remains to be seen, but I’m just excited. I’ve always been a Snoop fan since Doggystyle and The Chronic, so to get a chance to work with him a little more extensively than just, 'Here’s a beat,' has been great."
Blaze also spoke about the project on the RapRadar podcast and revealed that he has countless unreleased records from the R-O-C era in the stash.
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