By Gil Kaufman
G-Funk legend Warren G has been laying low lately, but the Grammy-nominated West Coast icon told RapFix that he’s about to break his silence in a big way. He’s on the radio now thanks to his production on Jeezy’s “Leave You Alone” and he’s hoping that his next effort will lift his name back onto the charts along with that of his late musical brother, Nate Dogg.
“It’s called Nate Dogg and Warren G and it’s pretty much done,” he said of the EP he plans to release this summer. For now, he’s waiting on verses from Jeezy to go along with ones he’s gotten from E-40, Too $hort and Bun B. “It’s a bunch of good records, stuff that’s unheard and it’s great for everyone to hear my homeboy,” he said of Nate, who died last year after several years of health problems. “Some people have heard these songs in the studio, but most people have never heard them. Everyone that hears them says, ‘it’s crazy … this is incredible!’”
Warren said he felt he needed to get the 6-7 tracks out there to give the world more classic material from the duo, who recorded most of the songs in 2006 before Dogg got sick. “We was gonna do two albums together and we didn’t get to put them out,” he said. “We didn’t get to finish all of the records. But that’s how me and Nate worked, I would do a verse and he’d do a hook and then move on to the next. That was some of most fun I ever had in my life … Every song is gonna be a banger. Every one could be a single.”
Right now, he’s looking to drop the EP in June, possibly on his own, since he isn’t currently under contract. He feels like he’s already got a guaranteed hit with the planned first single, “Party We Will Throw Now,” which he hopes will also feature verses from Game and/or Kendrick Lamar.
He’s also prepping another EP, Regulate … G-Funk Era Part 2, a sequel to his 1994 debut with 7-8 songs that mostly feature him, with a few Nate Dogg cameos. The third release he’s starting to put together is a full-length called The Westside Story, which he describes as his version of Dre’s legendary The Chronic. “That’s just me and the top-shelf MCs in hip-hop on my tracks,” he said. “That’s what people don’t know, that I’m a producer and an artist at the same time. It’s time for the West to come out and bloom again.”
He’s got three tracks done for that one so far and is hoping to get help from Ice Cube, Dre and Snoop, Lamar, Jeezy and Fabolous, and some younger artists he’s trying to develop. “I’m a vet in the game and it’s time to understand who Warren G really is.”