July 11, 2006

Snoop’s long in the works album due in October

By Clover Hope

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Snoop Dogg has set October 17 as the
release date for his next solo album, "Blue Carpet Treatment."

Prospective tracks for the Doggystyle/Geffen disc were
previewed for media in New York Monday (July 10). Stevie
Wonder, the Game, R. Kelly, Brandy and Daz & Kurupt are among
the potential guest artists.

Lead single "Vato" featuring B. Real of Cypress Hill and
production by the Neptunes addresses the conflict between
African-Americans and Latinos in certain areas of California.
The title is a Spanish slang term meaning "homie."

Snoop has been recording with longtime friend and
collaborator Dr. Dre for the past few months, though it is
unknown whether any of those tracks will surface on "Blue

Snoop is in the process of selecting roughly 16 album cuts
out of 300 songs he recorded, according to a Doggystyle

"I've been working on (the album) for nine months," the
rapper told Billboard last month. "I have so much good
material, it's about (figuring out) what I'm going to use on my

One confirmed track is the Neptunes-produced "So Special"
featuring Brandy.

In conjunction with the album, Snoop will release the DVD
"The Adventures of the Blue Carpet Treatment" in November. The
disc will feature 10 animated videos for songs on the album and
for additional tracks. Snoop is in talks to feature the series
on Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim" and plans to leak two or
three of the videos on the Internet via iTunes or YouTube.