Rapper Snoop Dogg has assembled an eye-popping roster of guests for his next studio album, "Blue Carpet Treatment," including Pharrell, Timbaland, will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, R. Kelly, Ne-Yo, Akon, Jerm

Rapper Snoop Dogg has assembled an eye-popping roster of guests for his next studio album, "Blue Carpet Treatment." No release date has been announced yet for the project, Snoop's first under his own name since 2004's "R&G (Rhythm & Gangsta): The Masterpiece."

"It's coming together so good," Snoop tells Billboard. "I've been working on it for nine months. I've been working with Pharrell, Timbaland, will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Warren G, R. Kelly, Ne-Yo, Akon, Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson, on and on. I have so much good material -- it's about [figuring out] what I'm going to use on my record."

Asked how he's evolved artistically in the past decade, Snoop says, "Musically, now I'm more coming from the heart. Back then, when I started, I was more coming from the mind. Now it's a little bit more in-depth, there's a little bit more going on with myself as far as the role I play now, the wisdom that I have, the direction that I take and the direction that I give. You can hear that in the music I'm making."

Snoop says he's working on a "Blue Carpet Treatment" animated film, plus the live-action movie "A Woman's Touch." Of the latter, he reports, "It's a touching movie directed at the women of America because I feel like the women need something from me, and I'm going to give them something. I'm going to give them what they really want and what they need."

As previously reported, he can also be heard on Tha Dogg Pound's new album, "Cali Iz Active," due June 27 via Snoop's Doggy Style Records and Koch.

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