If you’ve been regularly following JOVM for the last couple of years, you may have remembered that back in 2013, I wrote quite a bit on 7 Days of Funk, a unique collaboration between Stones Throw Records‘s Dam Funk and the legendary Snoop Dogg, Sonically, the duo caught the attention of the blogosphere, major publications and national TV for an incredibly groove-based sound that possessed elements of Parliament-inspired G-Funk era sound, 80s synth-based R&B and hip-hop in a slickly produced mix.
Towards the end of last year, Snoop Dogg and Dam Funk quietly went into the studio to record new 7 Days of Funk and to celebrate 2015 and the eventual release of a new full-length effort, the duo released a free – yes, free – digital 7 inch single, titled “N My System”/“It’s Not A Secret.” A side single “N My System” starts off with a call and response intro, buzzing synths and percussion led by cowbell and it’s paired with Snoop’s famously laid back vocal delivery which not only makes him sound like the coolest dude on the face of the earth, but as though he can say “hello” and get into your pants. If that single doesn’t make you want to do a two step in your living room as soon as you hear it, you’re probably a cold, soulless person.
The B side system “It’s Not A Secret” employs thick, chunky cascading synth chords, percussion bolstered by handclaps and flashes of cymbal and paired with Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger and Shon Lawon’s vocals. Interestingly, the B side single is probably the most straightforward G-Funk era track. And yet like its companion A side, it’s the sort of song that you’d likely do a little two step to before you go out.