De La Soul rapper Pos, real name Kevin Mercer, revealed the collaboration with Damon Albarn's cartoon musical crew, which marks the second time the hip hop trio have worked with the British band, and the first for Snoop, in an interview with British newspaper The Guardian.

Pos shares how he loves working with the former Blur frontman, and explained how the rappers were a great match for the electro-indie group's music.

"(Collaborating) comes when we feel we’ve got something that would be a great match for an artist. With Damon, it was easy because we love working with him," he told the newspaper.

"We actually sat down with Damon two weeks ago and he played us some of the new Gorillaz album, and it sounds amazing. He played us a track that he wants us to get off on his album so we got to get in the studio and put that down."

He also divulged that Snoop specifically requested to work with them. "He (Snoop) pulled us to the side and said: 'Hey man, we’ve never worked together, can we get this going?' Usually the lawyers will say: 'You can pay this artist or maybe we can swap?' and then it goes from there," Pos said.

Snoop and De La Soul join Vic Mensa, Liam Bailey, and Jean Michel-Jarre as collaborators on the album, due for release next year (17).

The rapper will be busy over the next few weeks, as De La Soul build up to the release of their eighth album, which was funded by fans. The group launched the initiative via Kickstarter.com in April last year (15), hoping to raise $110,000 (£84,000) to cover the costs of crafting And The Anonymous Nobody - their first new material in over a decade.

Fans flooded the site with 11,169 backers pledging over $600,500 (£459,000).