Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube Lend Mack 10 A Hand

He's throwing Snoop Doggy Dogg, Ice Cube and Ol' Dirty Bastard into hardy musical stew.

Rapper Mack 10 has enlisted some of rap's biggest stars for his latest hip-

hop concoction.

His self-produced third solo album, appropriately titled The Recipe,

mixes artists from across the rap board to create a finished product that Mack 10

says is out of this world.

"It's probably the best record I've done. It's more precise. I'm a seasoned

rapper, like a seasoned veteran. I'm polished now," said Mack 10, who lives in

Inglewood, Calif., and who declined to give his true name or age.

Boasting of guest appearances from all-star hip-hoppers as diverse as

Jermaine Dupri, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Ol' Dirty Bastard, Big

Punisher and Master P, The Recipe will continue developing the

gangsta-rap flavor established on his first two albums, while stirring in some

new seasonings that Mack 10 says he's acquired in recent months.

"Experience plays a big part in everything, especially having the know-how to

put a hit song together," he said. "It takes more than rapping and writing to put a

hit together. It takes a lot of little secrets I can't really reveal."

Scheduled for a June release, the 14 tracks on The Recipe will include a

collaboration with Snoop Doggy Dogg on "Long Beach With The Ing" and a tag-

team effort with Ol' Dirty Bastard and Buckshot Shorty titled "For The Money."

Mack 10 has created a name for himself with his work in the all-star trio

Westside Connection, alongside such stars as Ice Cube and WC, as well as

through his solo efforts, including the gold-selling Based On A True

Story. He said that the songs on the new album will match what rap fans like

to hear.

"It's like everything they want to hear right now: sex, drugs and violence," the

rapper said.

The tracks on the upcoming album were written in a lot of different places, Mack

10 said, adding, however, that he enjoys working in his home office the best.

"I prefer to work in my home office. I write raps real good there and my vibe be

way tight," he explained. "There's something about working there, I come up

with some incredible shit."