Rap Pioneer | West Coast Legend
On the conception of his EP, Regulate, G-Funk Era Part II:
A lot of fans had been hitting me up on social media like, Warren, we need you to bring that G-Funk sound because we miss it. I just been hearing it from fans for so long that I was like you know what, these are my fans and they love what I do so I said let me put an EP together real quick and give them some of that good music to roll to. I actually went back a little bit and gave them some of that Reverend Tadow, and he intros the whole thing for me. Also, E-40, Too Short, Young Jeezy, Bun-B, and Nate Dogg, is on the EP. I didn’t want to over-pack it with just a bunch of features but those are the guys who I always wanted to work with, so they came, and everybody contributed so it was all good.
On the G-Funk sound that arose from the West Coast over 20 years ago and it's influence on today's Hip-Hop landscape:
I mean we were just free. We were free to do the music that we wanted to do without being stuck in one zone. Today, it’s a lot of artists who follow one fad and when they see one guy do it and it blows up, then everybody follows. Back in the day, it was freer, and we could really go in and talk about the things we wanted to talk about and not be blocked because a lot of stuff can’t be played on the radio these days anyway. Every little word somebody says, they say, oh that’s bad but then you have people who get away with certain words which I think is crazy. We also used a lot more cinematic elements when we were creating stuff. We used electric sounds, electric drums, live drums, bass-lines, and guitars. We still keep that feel in there, but we add 808s which have been around since the beginning of time. People are even using dub-step sounds now and EDM sounds but it’s all good and it’s all hip-hop.
On the importance of having Nate Dogg on his EP:
Just to keep his spirit alive man, and just to let people hear that combination of me and him again on one track because it’s the same combination that created, Regulate. I want people to still talk about him just like they talk about Biggie and Tupac because Biggie and Pac had music that’s came out since they passed. I mean if it blows up and do what it needs to do then there it is, and even his kids can eat too, you know what I’m saying?
On the movie, Straight Outta Compton and N.W.A:
It was incredible man. I’m just blessed to have been able to be one of the youngest guys around them because I was there from the beginning. These guys were ghetto reporters giving a report on the lifestyle and the way that it was coming up in those days and times in Compton. It was honestly the same thing all around Los Angeles whether it was Long Beach, South Central, Watts, etc. and that was the way that is was back then. I was just blessed to be able to be around and experience the whole get down on how they put it together and experience some of the things that they went through. It taught we how to be an artist and a producer, and I learned from the best which is Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, MC Ren, Yella, Ice Cube, and the D.O.C.