Snoop Dogg uses MTV to Release New Album

Rap star and Mary Jane-toker Snoop Dogg will bring his new variety talk show "Dogg After Dark" to MTV at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 17. The new weekly variety show, which will air on MTV for seven weeks, was filmed in an LA nightclub and features Snoop chatting up celebs and musicians as well as sketch-comedy segments and musical performances.

The music mogul - who recently announced that he parted ways with his record label Geffen/Interscope after 10 years - has also signed a global distribution, marketing and promotional deal with MTV for his forthcoming disc "Malice in Wonderland," the follow-up to last year's "Ego Trippin,'" which drops later this year. Songs from the rapper's musical catalog will be featured in MTV's widely-popular music video game "Rock Band."

"When [MTV Networks Music/ Films/ Logo Groups President] Van Toffler and I sat down boss to boss, a global quintuple threat takeover was masterminded," Snoop said in a statement via MTV.com. "As the world of entertainment keeps changing, we felt it was the right time to let Snoop Dogg back on MTV so we could continue to run thangs with music, movies, DVDs and bring hip-hop to 'Rock Band.'

"So screw ya wigz on tight and tune in on Tuesday nights for the first step to the next level of Snoop D-O-double-G. 'Dogg After Dark' is the only nightclub TV show hosted by you-know-who. So take a journey with me through the mind, body, soul and musical mind state of the most prolific, authentic game spitter. And tha sh-- is funny, so show me da money!"

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Kelly Wilson