'G' thang for Snoop, Extreme


Extreme Music is going OG with Snoop Dogg.

The music production unit of Sony/ATV Music Publishing has snagged the rapper-actor to executive produce a multi-CD series of original gangsta music for film, TV and commercial projects.

"When we decided to produce an urban series, we wanted it to be not only major league but also 200% 'G,' with Snoop holding the reins," said Russell Emanuel, co-CEO of Extreme.

The "G Series" music is expected to be in styles similar to Smoking Grooves, Gangster Party and Slow Jams. The first CD should be ready in the fall.

"I'm excited to get in the lab and cook up some heat," Snoop said.

Susan Butler is a senior correspondent for Billboard.