WARREN G (March
2009) | Interview By: Lil Jay
The Regulator is on his way! Warren G is about to bless the rap game with new beats and rhymes in the next few weeks. You can expect "The G-Files Mixtape" which will serve as an appetizer, followed by the new studio album "The G-Files".
To give our visitors a little preview of what you can expect from The G-Child, Dubcnn linked up with him for an exclusive interview. The new album was originally scheduled to drop in October but has been suffering from delays. "We had just started with the first single and it was too close to the release date so we had to give it time to build." Warren said about the push backs.
We dig a little bit deeper into "The G-Files" and talk about various things surrounding the new project. Warren also gives us an update on Nate Dogg's condition and how he's doing. He then speaks his mind on G-Funk fans and their unconditional love for the golden era.
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Dubcnn: Warren G, you're
with Dubcnn! What have you been up to?
Warren G: Just chillin
man and working on this album "The G-Files". Putting it down trying
to let everyone know what time it is. It's game time, Warren time!
Dubcnn: You used to hit up our forums on Dubcnn but we havent heard from you in
a minute. You should check in sometimes!
Warren G: It's all
good, I mean I like coming to the forums and checking you guys out. It's just
sometimes the haters drive me away. Everybody on there show me a lot of love but
then you got 2 or 3 muthafuckers who wanna run they mouth, so I just try not to
listen to what they say. But it's all good, I mean I got alot of love for Dubcnn!
What you guys are doing is a good thang man.
that same time, you talked about starting your own website and offering your entire
catalogue and unreleased songs, but that never really took off as far as I know?
Warren G: I haven't got into it man, you get sidetracked you know.
I started doing films and TV shows and stuff like that. But it's still coming
buddy. I ain't going nowhere, I'ma drop a Greatest Hits and I got "The G-Files"
that I'm working on right now which is off the chain. I got a single out right
now with Ray J called "Crush", which is blowing up all over the airwaves.
You know people are loving that. And I got the followup single that's coming up
right behind and that's when I'ma really knock them upside their head.
Dubcnn: "She got her own Ringtone", is that the second
Warren G: No that ain't the second single, I got something
in store for everybody. I'ma just let it do the talking when I drop it.
Dubcnn: You're about to return with a new record called "The
G-Files". Tell me about this project.
Warren G: It's an
incredible project, it's music you can dance to, sing to, smoke to and just enjoy
yourself. It's not an album with just a bunch of sad songs, it's a party album.
It's about having fun. You know like I said, that's what it's about especially
in these days and time with you know the way things are going out here. People
want to feel good, they don't want to be stressed out. I got alot of good songs
and a lot of young artists on there, a lot of upcoming talent that's on the album.
And the people I work with like Snoop, Cube and everybody else is going to be
part of the record. We gonna put it down for the West!
As far as the album title goes, is it just a wordplay or what's the inspiration
Warren G: It's the "The G-Files", because
if you check my files it's nothing but good up in my files. Ain't no sucker in
my files, you can look it up. I mean you can go to Long Beach and ask them anything
about Warren or you can go to New York or Germany or Paris and ask about Warren
G and it's gonna be love. That's what's behind "The G-Files", nothing
but love! Look up my stats. And I'm known for carrying big gats! Naw, I'm just
Dubcnn: The album got pushed back
a few times, why is that?
Warren G: Well we had just started
with the first single and it was too close to the albums release date so you got
to give yourself room and give it time to build. So that's what we did, we gave
it time to build and now it's doing its thang, it's blowing up and that's what
we wanted. Now it's going down! It's an independent release on TTL Records. It's
a great album and it's just as hot as anything out. Just because it's independent
it don't mean that it has to sound independent, it's packed with a big punch with
alot of great music!
Dubcnn: We've seen other Hip-Hop pioneers
like Ice Cube praise the independent game. Are you more comfortable going that
Warren G: Yeah man, I love it because I can do what I
want to do and I don't have to answer to nobody else. I do me and don't have to
answer to nobody else, I can put whoever I want on my album. With a record company
it's hard to really do what you want to do because you got A&R's and people
that don't know about music that want to tell you what to do, when you're the
one that made the music in the first place. That don't make no sense!
Dubcnn: Speaking of A&R's and people behind the scenes... you put
out "Return of the Regulator" on Universal, but it seems like a lot
of things went wrong there.
Warren G: Man I love that album
because that's a great album and a great record. I mean I was with a new company
and there was a miscommunication as far as me as an artist and who my fanbase
is. So they weren't able to reach the fanbase that Island / Def Jam reached. I
mean you go through that type of thing sometimes, but you know what? You're always
able to bounce back when you can make hit records and you got a good track record.
You can always bounce back and that's what I do. I do great records so I can bounce
Dubcnn: When you say you bounce back, do you
still feel like you have something to prove as an MC and/or producer?
Warren G: No, I have nothing to prove. I done proved myself and I've
sold more records solo than 98% of these artists that are out right now and selling
records. But they will never reach that status because it's not the same industry
anymore. I've sold a lot of records and I'm happy and I still sell records. I
still got a 5 million people fanbase out there. They might not be able to reach
me without going through a major, but they will be able to reach me on iTunes
and through the internet. So that's a good thing.
Are we going to hear anything on this album that's totally new or different from
your previous projects?
Warren G: Of course, because as you
get older your production gets better. So the production I got is incredible.
I got alot of great people on there. Man trust me, if you heard "Crush"
then you know what's up, the record is hot.
Dubcnn: I read
that you even got the Twinz on there!
G: No, I haven't talked to The Twinz about that, but we supposed to talk and come
up with something on the record. I mean they are my dogs, you know. Of course
if they want to get down on the record it's nothing but love.
Speaking of the Twinz and the G-Funk sound in general, I wanna get into something
where I hope you can share your opinion because you're responsible for a lot of
that music. Some of your fans and West Coast Rap fans in general are still stuck
in that golden era. Do you feel where they are coming from or do you think it's
time to move on and get with the times?
G: Hey, I mean I feel them. Those were some good times, you know. But it's coming
back again, it's gonna come around again. But right now what the industry is going
through, it's going through a bunch of BS. There's a lot of records that.... No
disrespect to nobody, but it's a lot of bullshit ass records out there that's
being played. It ain't that real shit that we're used too. Like a Warren G, a
Jay Z, Snoop and Dre, records like that. What's going on these days ain't the
same as it was back then. People are just throwing music out there and not even
really taking their time to perfect the beat! Because I still got love for the
streets, it's Mr. Warren G! *laughs*
Dubcnn: So you share
some of their opinions?
Warren G: Oh man for real! That's what
it is man, the industry is crazy now.
Dubcnn: Because a
lot of the older heads don't even check for new music anymore. All they listen
to is the old Warren G, DJ Quik or Dogg Pound...
Warren G: Well
if they true to Warren G, check for Warren G! My shit is still good! Don't get
it twisted, I still make that good shit! That's what I do. I mean, it's still
there as far as me. "In The Midnite Hour", people that heard that record...
that record was incredible. It was independent, but it was an incredible record.
This album that I'm about to drop is incredible also.
Yeah, it's already been 3 years since you put out "In The Mid-Night Hour".
I think music wise it was a lot of great material on there, but somehow it got
slept on majorly! Or do you think that you've reached every Warren G fan with
Warren G: No. No, I didn't reach
them all. If that was the case then people wouldn't be asking 'when are you coming
with a record?' cause they would have been satisfied already. When you do an independent
record you can't reach everybody that you want, but I'm for damn sure try to reach
everybody out there. But it's all good, I got a new technique and a new method.
Dubcnn: What's that technique?
G: The internet! *laughs* and Dubcnn!
Dubcnn: You helped
countless rappers at their early stages. You put Bishop Lamont all over the "In
The Mid-Night Hour" album, before anybody else. And we all know about you
introducing Snoop to Dre. Can you even be proud of yourself,
being the humble person that you are?
Warren G: I mean I'm
very proud and that's what I'm about and that's the type of person I am. I'm all
about helping folks and making sure they are alright. I mean, don't nobody help
me. But it's all good, you know what I'm saying, I'm just that type of person.
On this new record I'm being responsible as far as trying to help these artists
get somewhere as far as getting a deal and getting a look. That's what it's about
and that's why I got them on the record and hopefully they will blow up.
Dubcnn: Is that because people don't reach out to you or is
that just your personality?
Warren G: I mean I just stay in
the cut man and just do me. I don't ride nobody's balls or nothing for anybody
to work with me, but they respect the game when I call and they act accordingly
as far as whatever I need it's me. It's all good.
We've been hearing about Nate going through some problems with his health. Not
trying to get too personal with this, but is there anything you can let us in
on how he's doing today?
Warren G: I mean we're praying for
him that he has a speedy recovery and that we can get him back into this music
and get his health right and just make sure everything is right with him. He's
recovering, but it's a slow process. I mean two strokes, that ain't no joke. It's
going to be a long road. Right now we're helping him get on his feet and get back
in the game.
Dubcnn: Are there any other projects that are
coming up for you in the near future?
Warren G: I shot my pilot
to a reality show, which is called "The G-Files" also. People are really
going to get the chance to see who I am and what it is I do and how I do it. They're
going to get a chance to see some cool stuff. Everything that you always wanted
to know you will be able to see. It's going to be music related and personal.
Just everything about me giving people the chance to really see who I am. It's
going to be big. But I really can't talk too much about it, because it's not all
the way set in stone with the companys yet. I mean, it's big and I'm doing alot
of stuff with TV and the music.
Dubcnn: And maybe another
Warren G: Yeah! As soon as we get Nate back up on
his feet, that's it. 213 for sure!
Dubcnn: So to finish
this off, what would be the question that you would ask Warren G?
Warren G: Why am I so talented? *laughs* Well Warren, you're talented because
you're a good person and you got a good heart and you're a great dude. So there
you go! *laughs*
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