Interview: West Coast Hip Hop Legend Warren G
by Marcus K. Dowling
West coast rap legend Warren G’s latest album, the independently released “The G Files,” was released this Tuesday. The album features the expected collaboration with Snoop Dogg, alongside a track featuring Raekwon and Nate Dogg (prior to suffering multiple strokes), and a number of collaborations with newer artists, an album that Warren himself calls “just great classic music.” I had the opportunity just this afternoon to converse with the “G-Funk” legend about the new album, and historically, some reflections on the success of rap veterans in 2009. Plus, there’s discussions of the legendary 213 collaboration with Snoop Dogg and Nate Dogg, the sample of Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgetting” for “Regulate,” along with thoughts on his success in the UK, his artistic motivations, the internet and his most legendary moments. We also touch on an update on the continuing recovery of Nate Dogg, and Dr. Dre’s eagerly anticipated “Detox.” Plus, we discuss Warren G’s performance of “Regulate” with Trey Songz at the recent taping of VH-1’s Hip Hop Honors honoring Def Jam, and his thoughts on Songz and the class of 2009. Clocking in at just under 20 minutes, do enjoy this glimpse into the mind of an absolute hip hop legend. I certainly did.