Snoop Dogg is releasing a new album produced by Dr. Dre, the West Coast rap legend has announced.
Snoop dropped the bombshell during a recent appearance on Stephen A. Smith’s Know Mercy podcast, where he revealed the project is called Missionary and is due to be finished in November, although it’s unclear how soon it will be released.
Next month will mark 29 years since Snoop and Dre joined forces on the former’s first album Doggystyle, which extended the winning partnership they formed on 1992’s The Chronic — to record-breaking sales.
“I’ma tell you this, you’re the first one to hear this: me and Dr. Dre have been working on an album for the past two months,” Snoop said at the 34:30 mark.
“And it’ll be done in November. It’s produced by Dr. Dre, it’s our 30th anniversary to Doggystyle. And the name of the album is Missionary.”
When Smith asked: “Why that name?” Snoop replied: “The first album was Doggystyle,” prompting a roar of laughter from the sports personality. “That is beautiful. I love it, man,” Smith commented.
Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre have dropped numerous teasers about new music plans in recent months. In August, the legendary duo were spotted in the studio with Eminem, who posted a photo of their session on Twitter with the caption: “just a few bros..hangin out.”
Weeks later, more photos of Snoop and Dre’s studio reunion surfaced, showing the longtime collaborators sharing a laugh while seemingly getting down to serious business. Diddy also swung by the session and revealed Dre coached him through a vocal take, calling it a “dream come true.”
“[Dre and I] are cooking up a little something,” Snoop told ET at the premiere of his Day Shift movie in August. “I don’t wanna talk about it too much, but we’re back together again. It’s been 30 years since we worked on a record, and we’re doin’ something, we’re workin’ on something.”
This year’s Super Bowl halftime show proved that the Snoop Dogg-Dr. Dre partnership remains alive and well. In February, the former Death Row duo put on an all-Hip Hop spectacle alongside Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent and Mary J. Blige.
The star-studded performance won three awards at the 2022 Creative Arts Emmys, including Outstanding Variety Special (Live), Outstanding Music Direction and Outstanding Production Design for a Variety Special (Area).
Missionary will serve as Snoop Dogg’s 20th studio album and his second this year following the aptly-titled Bacc On Death Row, which marked his return to the storied West Coast gangsta rap label as its proud new owner.
Snoop and Dre’s most recent collaboration, meanwhile, arrived last year in the form of “ETA,” an exclusive song for Grand Theft Auto: Online that also featured Busta Rhymes and Anderson .Paak.