News: SOHH EXCLUSIVE: Warren G Talks Replacing Nate Dogg W/ Trey Songz, "I Really Love His Work" [Video]
Friday, Sep 25, 2009 11:10AM
After turning heads at this week's Hip Hop Honors 2009 ceremony by performing "Regulate" with Trey Songz, Warren G hit up SOHH to discuss why he chose the young singer to fill in for Nate Dogg and promised upcoming collaborations together.
In addition to speaking on their performance, the West Coast rap veteran also explained why he decided to choose Songz over other popular singers like Ne-Yo and Chris Brown.
"It was great working with Trey Songz," Warren explained. "He's a very talented R&B cat, I really love his work and I mean, he came and nailed the parts, Nate's parts...VH1 hit me and was like, 'Who would you like to do the song with you' and I was like, 'Trey Songz.' And the reason why is because I like this record that he got out with Drake, 'I just wanna be successful.' And I love the hook. And you know, I met him, he came, we rehearsed, he's a real humble cool dude. And we gonna work in the future. Actually, I'm gonna see him in a couple days when I get back to LA, I'm gonna try to get in the studio and record something with him." (SOHH)
The duo hit the stage on Wednesday (September 23) in New York and were joined by a star-studded list of other performers.
Trey Songz filled in for Nate Dogg by performing 'Regulate' with Warren G. Ludacris and Scarface represented for the South with 'Guess Who's Back' and 'Southern Hospitality.' Ja Rule and Ashanti reunited on stage to perform 'Down for You' and 'Always on Time.' The Roots, Eminem and DJ Jazzy Jeff opened with LL Cool J's 'Rock the Bells.' (Rap-Up)
Drake recently spoke on the concept behind his "Successful" music video with Trey Songz.
"This video again was shot in Toronto," Drake explained on in a "106 & Park" interview. "It's directed by Jake White who is like a new kid, he's fresh and fresh talent, which is great for us. And the concept of the video is the fact that 'successful,' it applies to so many people that me and Trey just want to get the point across that we see ourselves and we see success in other individuals so really, it's a video about potential. It's a video about understanding that no matter what you do, there's a way to be successful doing it. It's one of those motivational videos. It actually ends with a quote from Barack Obama which is one of my favorite quotes I've ever read, so we decided to put it in the video. It's vivid." ("106 & Park")
Drizzy also crowned Songz as the "Greatest R&B singer" of his generation.
"New York City," Drizzy told the crowd from a hidden place at Songz's MySpace Music concert earlier this month. "I gotta take the time to do this, to introduce you to the greatest R&B singer of our generation. Trey, Songz, baby!" (Miss Info)
Check out a portion of Warren G's SOHH interview below: