Snoop Dogg's newest project, a collaboration with singer/producer Dam-Funk due Dec. 10 on Stones Throw, is a homecoming for the legendary rapper. The two met when Dam-Funk (pronounced "dame") performed at a Colt 45-­sponsored party in Los Angeles in 2011 that Cashmere Agency -- which handles marketing for Snoop -- threw for Joe Cool, the illustrator behind the artwork to Snoop's landmark 1993 solo debut, "Doggy Style." Impressed by Dam's P-Funk-inspired beats, Snoop grabbed the mic and started freestyling for more than an hour. "It felt like magic," Snoop recalls.

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