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interview WARREN G (September 2009) | Interview By: Jose Ho-Guanipa

   As we approach the release of Warren G's upcoming album The G Files we are pleased to give you an in depth video interview with the man himself as he discusses
his favorite producers, rappers, his new album, Nate Dogg & Detox. We also have exclusive performance footage of Warren rapping some of his new songs off The G Files.


As ever, you can read this exclusive interview below and we urge you to leave feedback on our forums or email them to jose@dubcnn.com.


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Interview was conducted in September 2009
 
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Related Media & Links
Warren G - 100 Miles and Runnin' (Feat. Raekwon & Nate Dogg)
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Warren G // Exclusive Video Interview // Dubcnn
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(Music playing)

Warren G: I donít wanna hear what the fuck these motherfuckers got to say. They say Iím using old shit and this. Suicide, yeah the motherfuckerís tight as fuck, but if it ainít broke, you canít fix it, motherfuckers. Iím Ďbout to go hard. Iím not gonna make this guy a superstar. Warren G. Let me reiterate this. One love, Dubcnn, I get down with yíall, thatís west coast baby. Yíall puttiní it down for the West, for real. Iím just talkiní about all the suckas that be hatiní. Be a fan and stop hatiní. Listen to the real shit, you got to do it, shit. Pull this motherfucker back for yíall one more time. This just that soulful shit, this is what I do. Donít get mad at me, I wanna say your name, but I ainít gonna do that. One love yíall to people that got love for Warren G.

(Music playing)

Dubcnn exclusive, Warren G, putting it down. G Files, September 29th.

Dubcnn: Whatís up yíall this is Jose with Dubcnn. Iím here with Warren G, you all know him, and here he is. Whatís up man?

Warren G: Just chilliní, doing my thing. Workiní on the G Files, touriní, having a good time. Just want everybody to come see this show and see the good music that Iím bringiní.

Dubcnn: So you got the album coming out soon, itís coming out in the end of September right?

Warren G: The album is coming out September 29th. Itís a great record itís got, not a lot of features, just a few. We got Snoop Dogg, Raekwon, Nate Dogg, RBX, Travis Barker. And I got a lot of up and coming guys thatís gettiní down. Halla, Black Nicc, Bad Lucc, Junie Boy R&B, BJ R&B, Trevor Westley R&B. Just a bunch of artists thatís talented and I love what they do.

Dubcnn: Most of your albums you produce the entire thing. Are there any producers you want to work with and put in the mix?

Warren G: I like Hi-Tek, I think heís a great producer. I like the kid, it may be more than one, whoever did the Drake track, the first single. The guy that did that track, that was a great track, Ďcause that sounds like some shit that Iíd do. All the producers thatís puttiní it down I respect them and I love their work. Thereís a lot of good music out there, I respect everybody and I love what they do.

Dubcnn: On the other side of that, you as a producer, which artists would you like to produce for?

Warren G: Iím way out, people might be trippiní, but I wouldnít mind doing something for Goapele. And thatís Ďcause Iím a producer, Iím not just into rap. I get down with R&B, jazz, whatever. In hip-hop, I like the kid Drake Ďcause he reminds me of myself when I was doing my thing, and Iím still doing my thing, donít get it twisted. I like Raekwon, heís nice. I like Jay-Z, heís nice. I like Outkast, even though they donít have records out now. Snoop, thatís a must, Iíll work with him anytime. I like Lupe Fiasco. Itís tons of guys out there that I like thatís putting out good music, but itís a lot of people trying to rap and trying to produce just because itís so easy to get into right now, but in a minute thatís goní change once that real music comes back and people understand whatís really going on. I know I went somewhere else but hey.

Dubcnn: Youíre putting out the record on TTL Records. This is your second independent release. How do you like that when you compare it to your major label releases?

Warren G: I mean independent is a little harder than being on a major label. You gotta be hands on. I wasnít hip to that, I thought I was still gonna have people to do things for me. But you get a chance to really see whatís going on and really know who got your back and who donít got your back in the business. Iímma put it to you like this. When I was with a major, crackiní, everything crackiní. I made a lot of people, a lot of behind the scenes people rich. But now that Iím doing independent records and I have to get at the same people that made it pop for me back then itís a problem. I mean that as far as, ďWhat you donít think the record is dope?Ē 'Cause Iím not gonna do a bullshit records. ďWhat is it?Ē We all know what it is. It can still go down like that. Itís just a different way as far as showing that support. I mean I support everybody on the West Coast, I support everybody on the East Coast, Down South. Itís just gotta be a mutual thing, especially here where Iím from. Everybody out here, all the DJs, all the clubs, everybody gotta ride and look out for each other. Iíve been to clubs where Iíve seen artists thatís from here at the door, and they like, ďNuh uhĒ and they let artists from somewhere else right in. We gotta have more unity and thatís what we missiní from the game. The talent is there, the music is there, the unity is the key.

Dubcnn: On your new record, youíre messing with a lot of old school cats but youíre also messing with a lot of new guys. How did you hook up with these younger rappers and this part of the new generation of rap?

Warren G: first of all the guys on this record ainít old school. Old School is Run DMC and NWA. Eazy E. Thatís old school to us. Iím still a young buck in the game. I always thought Bad Lucc was a bad artists. I heard him on a bunch of records before and I was like, ďHe tightĒ. From me working with Bad Lucc brought Halla. Hallaís a great writer, a great artist, he like a West Coast Kanye West to me. Black Nicc is just so versatile. Heís hood but heíll give it to you in a different way but he still keeps it hood. Black Nicc is incredible. Junie who sings is incredible, very soulful and one of the most talented guys Iíve run across. BJ another cat, incredible vocals. He like the next best thing thatís gonna crack as far as himself and doing hooks. But he can make his own records and really do a song. Trevor Westley, heís a very incredible soulful artist. I think heís on the level of a, whatís the cat that Interscope had? Heís wait, whatís the cat name? Robin Thicke, heís on that level. Those are the guys that I worked with on this record, along with the people that I named, but other than that Iím just doing me. I got something I wanna say, you ready. I read the forum on Dubcnn, I be checkiní out a lot of the things a lot of the people say. Some of it, it donít bother me but itís just like, ďWhat more do you want a motherfucker to do. If you ridiní with Warren G, you ridiní with Warren G whatever he does.Ē I donít need people to comment in a negative way on what I do. I make great records, the records I got on this record are incredible. Period. I make hits; thatís what I do. I had to clear that up. For those that is on Dubcnn and show that love Iímma keep it 100 with yíall. Iím not a hater, Iím not gonna comment on somebody elseís thing or what they got going on. It is what it is.

Dubcnn: Tell me how you got together with Travis Barker, the dude from Blink 182, and Ray J too.

Warren G: Travis Barker and DJ AM had hit me, and they was like, ďWe want you to come out and perform with our set.Ē So I was like, ďDamn, okay, Blink 182, Travis is crackiní, AM is an incredible DJ. Lemme see whatís up.Ē So I went and we really connected and had a chemistry going and it just grew and grew and we kept doing show after show and people kept loving it. As far as Ray J, we always seen each other, ever since he was a young buck, and we always use to say we gonna do a song together. So I found the right record that he could really get down on, and I brought him in and he really got down and nailed it and that was good lookiní. I wanna say rest in peace to DJ AM, itís much love man, he was a real cat, kept it real with me, kept it 100. Shit we going to keep it pushiní for him.

Dubcnn: Tell us about writing on the album and all the different writers you worked with.

Warren G: I worked with Black Nicc, I worked with Bad Lucc, he wrote on the album. Halla wrote on the album, Mark Spitz, I called him Perfect, he wrote for me, he wrote a record called True Star. I mean itís a lot of great cats working with me that can write. I do what I do as far as the production but I also write, let's not get it twisted, but if somebody write a record for me that I think is a great record I use it. Itís not like I canít write, everything Iíve done Iíve wrote it. I mean thatís what it is I got a lot of people on it. Black Nicc heís a great writer. All these guys are talented and I think that we could be a hell of a team to take it to the next level as far as writing R&B and producing tracks and stuff like that, we could be like 1500 or Nothing, we could be a crew like that.

Dubcnn: Tell us about the viral video you had for Crash. How did you guys decide to do that and are you guys gonna shoot any other more traditional music videos?

Warren: Yeah weíre gonna shoot more videos, itís all on the record company. We shooting for 100 Miles and Runnin' which is me and Raekwon. Doing that puttiní it down and letting people get a glimpse of that. The West Coast with New York, I always got love for New York, just like Down South. I got family in all places so I canít have tunnel vision. Thatís how you survive in the game, you canít have tunnel vision.

Dubcnn: I heard that 100 Miles and Runnin' was originally gonna be a Black Nicc song, tell us about that.

Warren G: I did the song with him, thatís what that was. But records change. A lot of records I could tell you about right now that had other people on them from a lot of artists that you know has changed. Just like on the Tha Dogg Poundís album ďLetís Play HouseĒ. I was on that song originally. So records change, that record changed, put Raekwon on it, it was a good feel for him so thatís what it was.

Dubcnn: On another note have you been working with Dre on Detox recently?

Warren: In the beginning, sort of the beginning, I was over there with Dre and the rest of the fellas going through the records and marking off ideas for him to hear. Thatís all I did so far but we talked about doing a collaboration on the Detox so Iím looking forward to that. So when he calls me and says, ďWarren we gotta do this.Ē Iím on my way.

Dubcnn: So you did some TV appearances since your last album. How did that come about and how did they approach you and what was your first thought?

Warren G: Well I did the Celebrity Fit Club. I didnít want to do it at first because I thought it was like that Surreal Life type shit. So I was like, ďDamn, Iím not old, I ainít played out. Iím still a youngster.Ē I told Ďem no, but then the producer Rich called me and said, ďLemme take you out to lunchĒ. So I had lunch with him and he explained to me what the show was about and what was going on as far as showing me how to eat better and showing me how to exercise their way. I said, ďSo yíall gonna pay me to exercise and eat right?Ē So I was like, ďShit letís go.Ē And I did that and Iímma do more of those type of shows. On the big screen, as far as movies, sitcoms, all of that, Iímma do it all. Itís just showing versatility and by the way Iíve been easing over into scoring. I scored the BET show Harlem Heights. I donít even know if a lot of people know that but I scored that show, it was a great show. So Iím doing a lot of things. Iím easing my way into being behind the scenes Ďcause thatís what I really love. Iím still a motherfuckiní rap artist period. I do that. But you grow and you have to change and Iím just changing and Iím looking for the next motherfucker who can shock the world. A lot of motherfuckers can rap and they do that all day but Iím looking for a person that has a story about themselves, something that can captivate the world, not just your hood. And thatís what I like about Nipsey Hussle, is he got a story and he telliní these motherfuckers, ďThis is what itís like with me and where Iím from. This is what itís like and this is how we goní give it to you. He got a story about it and you rarely find artists that really give you that story and that realness. But Iím pretty sure itís coming, and Iímma be looking, Ďcause I am a producer, G Funk Entertainment.

Dubcnn: Weíre about to wrap up but before that tell us what kind of vibe people are gonna expect on the album.

Warren G: You can expect a lot of records thatís got a soulful feel, a lot of records thatís like more on the groove tip. I ainít really goiní hard on the record, like Suicide, thatís talking to everybody from a motherfucker on Dubcnn hatiní to a motherfuckiní A&R person at the biggest record company in the game. Iím just sayiní a little something to Ďem. I got records that talk about a few things as far as Hold On, I got a song called Hold On, thatís really telling everybody out there, ďEven though we going through what we going through keep your head up. I know itís hard. I know a lot of yíall do have to serve to make it, but in the end you get caught up. Then what you goní do? You caught up but still keep your head up and know that this thingíll pass through. God know whatís up. You struggliní trying to help your family.Ē And Whatís Wrong is a record that I put down that talks to the people that I look up to when I was growiní up and just sayiní to Ďem, those were the people that I looked up to when I was growiní up. I didnít get caught up in that path but I still respect them and thatís what I was really likiní but I knew it was wrong so thatís why I had to shift gears.

Dubcnn: Can you tell us about Nate Dogg, obviously everyoneís hoping that he gets better. Just give us an update on his condition.

Warren G: First of all itís gonna be a long recovery, but he is recovering great. Heís just mellow, being Nate. He chilliní but heís gonna be alright real soon and thatís what it is, thatís my dawg. He ainít going nowhere.

Dubcnn: Tell us about 213, you had that whole situation with the label going bankrupt, are you guys ever gonna get back together and drop another record?

Warren G: Thatís all day that can happen tomorrow. We could do a record right now, Ďcause I still got tracks with Nate that I had forever, a bunch of Ďem. But Iíd rather just wait for him to recover fully so we can get the new raw Nate, but if it takes longer than we expect me and Snoop could still do the record and we could dedicate the record to Nate and still have him involved with the records that Iíve done that I do have him on.

Dubcnn: Before we leave do you have any closing comments about anything?

Warren G: All I have to say is whatever you want to do in life keep your mind to it. If it donít jump off at first donít get frustrated, even though we do get frustrated. Just keep pushiní and donít let nothiní hold you down. And keep faith in God and know that itís gonna be alright. And for the motherfuckers that be hatiní on Dubcnn church. Kiss my motherfuckiní ass, Ďcause you canít hold me down.









 


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Related Media & Links
Warren G - 100 Miles and Runnin' (Feat. Raekwon & Nate Dogg)
..........................................................................................
Warren G // Exclusive Video Interview // Dubcnn
Download The Video Interview Windows Media
Download The Dubcnn Drop Windows Media

Press Play to stream footage (Fast Connections Recommended) 
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