Earlier this month, Snoop Dogg dropped the lead single “Kush Ups,” featuring like-minded rapper Wiz Khalifa. Snoop debuted another song, “Fireworks,” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Since announced that there would be an album following, Snoop has an official release date and revealed the cover art for Coolaid on IG on Monday, June 13th.
It’s been five years since there has been a hip-hop album from Tha Doggfather himself, but wait no longer, July 1st we will be have that G thang back. Coolaid will feature collaborations from Jeremih, Swizz Beatz, Just Blaze, and E-40. The cover resembles the Snoop we used to know from previous covers of Doggystyle and Tha Last Meal. Just Blaze has been hard at work on the project for some time, telling Billboard back in early May:
“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 [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.”
“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.”
Da Brat also lended some inside on the Coolaid work.
Snoop @snoopdogg I love you! Thank you for lettin us enter your compound, makin us feel at home and board the Mothership. It’s #SOSODEF studios on STEROIDS! He said our spot and what my big Bruh-Bruh @jermainedupri had inspired him and now I’m inspired and motivated like a mf! I just missed Bow @shadmoss lose 0-8 on da court to Snoop RIGJT n4 I got here. Family from Chicago to California LOVE! ❤❤❤❤❤ #SNOOP #MOTHERSHIP #CALI #MOTIVATION #INSPIRATION #WEOUCHEA
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“Gangsta rap is back.” -Snoop Dogg
Don’t be alarmed, but Snoop and Wiz will also be blazing up your city on the ‘High Road’ summer tour. The tour kicks off on July 20th with guests Jhene Aiko, Kevin Gates, Casey Veggies, and DJ Drama.