*Snoop Dogg told MTV he’s about to explore an entirely new musical direction.

The rapper has been in the studio working with producer Diplo, who told MTV this week: ”Snoop Dogg is an icon, man; he’s bigger than the music. What we’re doing is a reggae record.

”It’s all reggae and he’s singing and he’s doing a f***ing awesome job and I never knew it, but he had his heart in every song.”

Diplo added he and Snoop have started on 18 tracks together, and he’s excited to get back to recording in April.

“We’re going to get back into the production of it next month, and I’m really proud of that record. It’s the first record I’ve ever executive-produced and his crew is amazing,” he said.