Snoop Dogg is just so damn iconic at this point of his career that he can do no wrong. It's probably the reason why he decided to take a risk and record a funk album produced by an independent producer and released by an independent record label.
The calculated risk pays off in his new album 7 Days of Funk, a collaboration with Los Angeles producer Dam-Funk and released on reputable indie hip-hop label Stones Throw. The duo definitely brings forth the funk, but this isn't the horn-driven 60s and 70s funk made famous by James Brown. Every song oozes the influence of boogie funk, the 80s era incarnation of funk relying more on synthesizers rather than drums and bass guitars. It's more Roger Troutman and One Way than it is Brown or the Isley Brothers.
7 Days is the closest sibling to Snoop's debut album, Doggystyle, which alongside Dr. Dre's The Chronic, defined West Coast G-Funk. 7 Days is much less aggressive and drops the "G" in G-Funk, as every track delivers laid-back beats and lyrics suitable for smoking and relaxing as opposed to doing gangster stuff. Fellow Dogg Pound Gang members Kurupt and Daz are welcome guests and make up for the missing "G" on two tracks.
One downside is the disc is quite hook-heavy, with Snoop relying on a catchy chorus for each song while his simplistic verses take a back seat and can hardly be read as hip-hop quotables. Despite that negative, the album's charm doesn't wear out its welcome at an easily digestible eight tracks. It's the perfect soundtrack for your winter smoke sessions.